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Art Studio


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 the following areas or create a combination of areas to focus their creative endeavors: Ceramics, Digital Arts,Glass, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture. Each area is well appointed with excellent facilities, equipment and knowledgeable faculty.


Past examples include:

Sign Painting and Typography - Students enrolled in the course looked specifically toward the topic of Pub-lic Health and the unique communication challenges associated with that field. They collaborate with local, professional sign painters and School of Public Health students to determine the most efficient means of conveying medical information to New Orleans populations served by Tulane’s clinic system.

Mural Painting/Drawing - Students conceived and completed a public mural at Banneker Elementary School.

Sequential Art and Visual Narrative - Students learned the “story” of an individual, a group of people, an object, or a traditional practice and developed images and text that convey this story alongside the partner. After multiple exchanges and reviews of the information, a publishable document was manifested.


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, videotape, 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.


Tulane offers study abroad programs for Art Studio majors in the following cities:

  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Perth, Australia
  • Beijing, China
  • Florence, Italy
  • Hirakata, Japan


  • Ceramic Firing Technology: Theory and Practice
  • Printmaking: The Art of the Book
  • Life Drawing
  • Glassblowing
  • Digital Arts
  • Abstract Painting
  • Print-Based Media
  • Major Project Sculpture
  • Studio Photography


Elizabeth Hill Boone
Professor and Chair