Visual Arts

Examine art through contemporary and historical perspectives.

With classes like drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture, printmaking, digital photography, fiber art, and a range of special topics courses, you can develop your skills and examine art through contemporary and historical perspectives. You may also take courses at the Maryland Institute and College of Arts (MICA) and other colleges in the Baltimore area. Our Center for the Visual Arts hosts different exhibits, conversations with visiting artists, and connects you with study abroad programs so you can be exposed to art of all forms and cultures.


Exploring Line

This challenging yet creatively playful course presents abstract, perceptual and conceptual concepts in art to understand line, one of the elements of art, from multiple perspectives, materials and practices. Through an intense exploration of line, students will create artworks exploring line as marks on a flat surface (drawing), lines that communicate data (design), lines that build form (sculpture) and lines that embody movement (performance and video).

Artist Books: Draft, Print, Stitch

In this studio art class, you’ll create three artist books taught by three different faculty members. First, you’ll investigate the book as a technological and cultural artifact, exploring historically what the book is and does, and as a cognitive aid and engine for ideation. The second section will use printmaking techniques combined with quick and ephemeral folding structures to understand both printmaking and bookmaking’s rich history in dissemination of ideas, democracy, and social change. The third section will explore embroidery and weaving to navigate language and mark making.

Introduction to Watercolor

Watercolor is simultaneously the most accessible of all painting media and the most misunderstood. This course provides experience and instruction in observational and expressive watercolor techniques, materials, concepts, and vocabulary. Topics we’ll review include line, perspective, value, texture, composition, color, and pictorial space. There will be an introduction to contemporary practices in watercolor, as well as experimental and abstract exercises, collage, and conceptual work.

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