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. He has additionally taught classes on subjects such as Live Media Systems for Performance and Installation and Physical Computing.
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: I knew I wanted to study art, but I also wanted a strong liberal arts education. I was searching for a college where I could be exposed to many avenues of learning, and to a diverse community of individuals with a variety of interests.
A: I am fortunate to come from a family of artists who have supported my passion from a young age. The department is what ultimately led me to where I am today. I was drawn to the tight-knit community of faculty and students and felt both challenged and encouraged.
A: Color Theory. The assignments taught me valuable technical skills I’ve applied to all of my art classes. Group projects were an opportunity to practice collaboration, and critiques and discussions were effective and insightful. The demanding coursework improved my time management and prepared me for the self-discipline and work ethic I needed for my independent study and thesis.
A: I went to Cape Town, South Africa, 2014 Design Capital of the World. I was fascinated by its rich social and political history. I took studio art, art history and gender studies courses at the University of Cape Town.