Painting courses provide students with skills needed to investigate and experiment with visual communication, both traditional and contemporary. Students are encouraged to apply established theories, concepts and media in the development of their own art, eventually leading up to expression of individualized concepts, feelings, viewpoints, style and techniques.
Drawing classes focus on the fundamentals of drawing from observation. Working from still life, the human figure, and landscape, students develop basic technical, perceptual, and conceptual skills of drawing. Through lab projects, sketchbook assignments, and class critiques, students develop ways to render objects/figures from life.
Design courses concentrate on two and three dimensional form through the manipulation of black, white and gray in studying the elements of design and their relationships. Students present visual 2 and 3D solutions to a series of problems incorporating the concepts of point, line, value, mass, and texture as well as illusions of space plane, monolithic, concave, convex and penetrated mass. The study of the interaction of color including the properties of color and color materials, color analysis and the relativity of color is addressed in advanced course work. Classes are comprised of lectures, class discussion, and individual and group critiques.
Students are introduced to etching, lithography and relief with a structured survey studio course. Techniques are presented through lecture, demonstration, and examples from the print studio’s extensive print collection. Learning is hands-on with students working with a number of tools and presses. Lab projects and class critiques encourage students to develop and demonstrate their understanding of printmaking. Opportunities to specialize in printmaking techniques of particular interest to the student including color printmaking techniques and paper making are available in advanced courses.
The Loudoun Campus ceramics program offers classes in beginning through advanced ceramics. While addressing both technical and aesthetic issues, the program fosters the development of creativity, artistic vision, and personal style. Both hand-building and wheel-thrown techniques are available.
The art history program at the Loudoun campus has classes in the history of Western art from the beginning of time to the 21st century, courses in Far Eastern art, and specialized courses in the history of design and modern art. Most of the history courses require museum visits and, occasionally, field trips with the instructor. One can major in art history and receive an Associate degree in liberal arts with a specialization in art history. Classes in American art, Renaissance and Baroque art, and museum studies are available at the Manassas and Annandale campuses to supplement studies at the Loudoun Campus.