The Art Program offers a path for students who have a passion to communicate visually.
Kaila Ramos with her installation, Lotus, at the Installing Sculpture Island Project at the University of New Haven. Kaila
used the cardboard in its natural state to emphasize the meaning of the lotus being
untouched, pure, and alluring.
Based on a curriculum that is grounded in technical, theoretical, and aesthetic research,
the program establishes the ground to foster the development of an independent practice
emphasizing critical thinking and creative problem solving through artistic purposes
and their means of realization, whether it’s painting, sculpture, drawing, or printmaking.
The program is structured around individual students, exploring their particular strengths,
background and interests, with thoughtful supervision at every stage of the development
of their creative process. Studio instructors maintain an atmosphere of constant dialogue
and critique, offering exposure to the creative process of a diversity of contemporary
The objective is to encourage students’ development of their own methodology of creative
research that is sustained in their personal practice beyond graduation.
During comprehensive foundation courses such as “Visual Thinking,” students are introduced
to principles and elements of design, composition, color theory, and drawing. Visiting
artists offer a diversity of experiences and media to introduce students to the multiplicity
of practices in the contemporary art world. The class “Introduction to Art” introduces
2D and 3D elements of design, giving students the opportunity to develop a hands-on
and research-based approach to drawing, painting, and sculpture. Drawing skills from
observation are developed further in “Basic Drawing I,”; three-dimensional techniques
are developed further in “Basic Design II.”
Skills acquisition continues in “Painting I” and “Painting II,” emphasizing connections
with concepts acquired in “Visual Thinking” the previous year. “Digital Photography
& Imaging I” expands the approach to composition through a different medium and way
of looking. With simultaneous emphases on painting, photography, and art history,
by the end of the sophomore year, students will be able to explore diverse means of
visual communication with the necessary historical and conceptual frameworks to do
In the process to find their distinct voices in a visual language, students are offered
“Sculpture I” and “Printmaking,” in which they can explore both 3D and print-based
media projects. In addition, “Figure Drawing” expands observational skills that transfer
to specific creative projects in all medias. During junior year, students select an
additional art history class that best serves their focus.
The personal findings along the junior year — supported by the communication and technical
skills achieved throughout three years of a liberal arts education — provide students
a mature and comprehensive approach towards their art practice. Students’ individual
research and creative interests are nurtured throughout “Studio Seminar I” and “Studio
Seminar II.” Independent Studies and elective courses allow the exposure to a dialogue
from a diversity of instructors as well as to different working methods that would
complement each student’s practice-based research approach and open up a path to their