Art is the study of the various creative means of expressing human thoughts, interests, attitudes, emotions, and ideas.
The Newcomb Art Department offers a diverse yet intensive curriculum with a strong emphasis on mastery of media, formal issues, and conceptual investigation. The formal elements and perceptual skills are emphasized and examined in the Foundations of Art courses offered at the entry level. Intermediate and upper-level courses provide focus in specific media. Students can choose to concentrate in one of the following areas: Ceramics, Digital Arts, Glass, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture or they can also create a combination of areas to focus their creative endeavors. Each area is well appointed with excellent facilities, equipment and knowledgeable faculty.
Visual artists generally fall into two categories: Fine artists and commercial artists. Fine artists create art to satisfy their own need for self-expression, typically using various mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and crafts. Commercial artists put their artistic skills at the service of commercial clients. It revolves around advertisement and includes such things as design, illustration, film, video, television, murals, cards, and posters. Art history, art education, art therapy, advertising, journalism, and public relations are other key areas of concentration. Some additional areas of specialization are ceramics, pottery, weaving, textile design, fashion or jewelry design, interior decorating, and metalsmithing.