ART 102 Concepts in Three Dimensions
The basic principles of visual art in theory and practice. Introductory work in drawing with an emphasis on three-dimensional design and construction.
As an art major, you embark on a journey of visual investigation to develop your technical expertise and visual communication skills. The journey starts with courses in design and foundation-level drawing and culminates in the ideas and concepts you express in the Senior Thesis Exhibition. Our faculty are dedicated teachers and active artists. They expose you to a variety of artistic philosophies and professional practices. You can experiment or concentrate in a broad range of studio disciplines including ceramics, graphic design, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
Cummings Arts Center has generous studios, darkrooms, computer laboratories and galleries supporting diverse disciplines. We also have newly renovated studios in sculpture, ceramics and printmaking and a new white-box gallery for student exhibitions and special projects. As a senior, you have a studio that is yours 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your thesis project.
Opportunities for collaboration abound. For example, professors Pamela Marks (art) and Marc Zimmer (chemistry) collaborated with art major Julia McGinley '14 to develop illustrations for a children's book on bioluminescence. And art professors Andrea Wollensak and Denise Pelletier collaborated with the computer science and botany departments to create courses investigating common themes and concepts. The Arboretum, greenhouse and Caroline Black Garden were the locus for the investigations.
The Dayton Artist-in-Residence and Weissman Visiting Artist programs make it possible for you to work on campus with leading national and international artists in workshops, studio classes and exhibitions. Visitors have included Maya Lin, Faith Ringgold, Sol LeWitt, Elena Sisto, John Cohen and Henry Horenstein. You also will have access to internships, retreats and trips to major art centers.
Nadav Assor began his work as an assistant professor of art at Connecticut College in August, 2012, leading the development of the new Expanded Media area in the Studio Art department. Assor's current classes, all cross-listed between studio art and the Ammerman Center for Art and Technology, include Introduction to Digital Concepts in Time Based Media, Video Installation, Sound Art, and Experimental 3D.
As an artist, Greg Bailey makes work that functions for him as his most direct and honest response possible to the world around him. Bailey’s use of metaphor relates his work both personally and universally. He uses a range of technical, conceptual, and expressive aspects in his work. His work combines narratives and contemporary theory; it engages in political, social and cultural awareness and commentary, utilizing elements of wit, humor, irony, and visual aesthetic.
Chris Barnard teaches Concepts in Two Dimensions; Drawing Fundamentals; Introduction to Painting; Figurative Painting & the Politics of Representation; and Large Format Painting. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, and can be found in public and private collections nationally and internationally.
During the past thirty-five years, Ted Hendrickson's photographs have explored the nature of landscape as image. Ranging from the man-made scene of the built environment to the wooded and coastal landscape that comprises what is left of "Nature" in Southern New England, Hendrickson's laconic personal views can be simultaneously poetic, comic, tragic or mysterious. His work records layers of geologic and human history in a concise, straightforward style without overtly injecting the drama of the picturesque or the clever abstractions of the camera’s frame.
As an artist, examining natural form and abstract visual language is a continual pursuit for Pamela Marks. The connections traverse geographical boundaries and time. Embracing pattern in the work has evolved from investigating relationships between pattern and abstraction from modernism to current influences of digital technology on abstract painting. Marks teaches courses in foundations, color studies, drawing and painting.
Tim McDowell's most recent work explores images and systems within nature. This imagery portrays nature in an expansive, all-inclusive manner, incorporating the scientific as well as the idyllic associations with nature and our world. He attempts to portray the excess that is nature. Many of McDowell's works are created in encaustic, a medium in which ground earth pigments are suspended in heated beeswax, producing surfaces with heightened luminosity and texture.
Denise Pelletier has a wide range of expertise in ceramic sculpture/handbuilding, moldmaking, slipcasting and industrial production methods, and a decade of experience in making vessels and functional pottery. She is experienced with majolika, underglazes, china paints, reduction and oxidation high-fire glazes, silkscreen and digital decals, traditional and experimental image transfer techniques, paper clay, plaster clay, casting slip and adobe.
In her work, Andrea Wollensak combines new media technology and traditional design and fabrication to explore the convergence of place, identity, and history through site-based artwork. Specific themes in her work include community, environment, surveillance and memory, which she adapts to a range of artistic forms including audio/video and interactive installations, data visualization and 3-D printed forms.
A: The existence of the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology assured me that Connecticut College supported the arts in all its forms, and that my work would evolve over time, even coming in experienced only in painting and drawing.
A: I came in knowing I wanted to major in art, and the amazing art department faculty gave me no doubts that I would be taken care of. With the variety of teaching styles, and the fluency in each of their mediums, I knew I had much to learn. That made me very excited with each class I took.
A: The most challenging and rewarding class was Nadav Assor's “Video Installation” class. While it was understood that I was new to the medium, I had to adapt to learn new programs, find new sorts of objects and collaborate with people from different majors. Improvisation became a technique that I began to hone, and working with others was essential. It allowed me to be okay with not having complete control, and to be okay when things went wrong. It was truly rewarding to have others you worked with there to appreciate the final result with you.
A: I studied in Berlin, Germany. Instead of focusing on creating, I decided to focus more on the subject matter of my work by diving deep into a field I was interested in: the Berlin Wall and its history, as well as its effect today. So I did a Metropolitan Studies program, studying Berlin's unique urban art scene, and took classes in sociology, urban studies, and gender and women's studies. It truly helped me develop the ideas for my senior art thesis.
A: The career office has encouraged and motivated me to reach for the stars! I acquired the confidence needed to believe that I was worthy enough to be in the places I used to only dream about. I plan to continue to create in artist residencies and show in galleries in San Antonio and anywhere else willing to show my work. I received the Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Fellowship to support a one-year project in Mexico after I graduate. I’ll continue that momentum until I eventually apply to grad school.