Studio Art

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Why study studio art?

Studio art students learn to be visually literate as they explore ideas and human thought within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. Students can master a wide range of classic and experimental techniques while incorporating experiences and knowledge from across the campus — and beyond.

Why study studio art at Sweet Briar?

Students take courses across a range of media. In the process of learning to create art, Sweet Briar women learn about the joyous, challenging process of making something important. Sweet Briar offers courses in drawing, sculpture, painting, photography, etching, stone lithography, printmaking and installation.

Sweet Briar’s rigorous capstone experience for studio art seniors is a group exhibition in a Sweet Briar gallery. Much of the artwork for the senior art exhibition is generated for Senior Seminar, a critique forum for majors. The experience incorporates training in all aspects of the students’ senior show — from preparing their work to designing the invitations and collaborating with the catering department. An outside art professor or professional artist attends the exhibition to lead an oral defense and discussion of the students’ work.

Studio Art Class

Students benefit from Sweet Briar’s partnership with the neighboing Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), an internationally renowned artists’ colony for the visual, literary and performing arts.

What can you do with a studio art major?

In addition to pursuing a career as an artist, graduates can teach, work in design, art therapy, advertising, web design, art journalism, publishing, and art auction houses and galleries. Many studio art majors pursue graduate degrees.