at Berry prepare
for a lifelong
dedication to art as a unique form of knowledge and expression. Art becomes a
In the Art program,
students are encouraged to work hard, seek inspiration, and be creative and innovative using imagination while developing critical thinking and writing skills.
All Art majors will have the opportunity to
experiment with various
media as they develop their own artistic vision and prepare for the senior exhibition. Painting,
watercolor, drawing, photography, digital imaging, web design, graphic design, ceramics, prints and mixed media are all areas that can be explored, as are art history, art criticism,
museum studies and arts administration.
All successful students in Berry’s Art program earn the Bachelor
of Arts degree in one (sometimes
two) of the concentrations listed below:
• Studio art
• Art history
• Art education
who elect studio art or art history concentrations prepare for a career in the art world and continue
on to graduate school. Students interested in teaching
art in a public or private school elect the art education
Painting and Drawing
Drawing and painting
classes at Berry provide students with a substantial introduction to modes of representation,
traditional and modern techniques and aesthetic awareness. These areas challenge
students to develop critical skills to hone and advance their personal
vision. As the principles of drawing are common to all visual disciplines, “Beginning Drawing”
is a core requirement for all Art majors
regardless of concentration. Drawing is a primary component
of painting and is utilized
in “Beginning Painting” via issues such as composition and extended
painting skills and color theory.
Photography and Electronic Media
Students can take a number of courses that involve making photographic
or digital works. We use traditional methods
like the pinhole
camera and the “zone system” in black and white photography.
use new image-making techniques involving the latest computer
software and hardware in digital imaging,
web and graphic design classes. Students create a wide variety
of works, ranging from
elegant black and white photographs to composite computer images and websites.
Ceramics students learn to
hand-build and to throw. They learn
to formulate and mix clay and glazes,
as well as fire gas and electric kilns. The focus is on imagination, technical mastery, and developing maturity and independence.
Berry students can fire Raku, stoneware, earthenware and salt, in either oxidation or reduction.
Prints and Mixed
Students learn to make intaglio, relief and screen prints. In our program,
students are encouraged to experiment with various media and develop a personal direction as they prepare for their senior
Art History Theses and
Students organize and curate exhibitions for theses and internships.
Art history concentration students are involved in various
Their research satisfies the requirements
of the Senior Thesis (required of all Art majors
electing the art history concentration) or academic internships. The Martha Berry Museum
is an excellent resource for our students since they can research works of
art in the permanent collection and use the exhibition space for their work on exhibitions.