Art / Studio Art

As a Hanover studio art major, you'll travel to cities near and far to study historical masterpieces. But your experience will be decidedly 21st century. By exploring the breadth of media at your fingertips in the modern world — from drawing to painting to sculpture to photography — you'll discover for yourself which medium best expresses your vision in a particular work of art.

This interdisciplinary experience, rather than an intense focus on a single form, will help you become a critical thinker and problem-solver. Best of all, at Hanover, you’ll find inspiring faculty artists and a supportive environment where you can explore your own style and strengths.

Creative assets

Hanover art studio students say they especially like the program’s:

Inclusiveness — Unlike other schools, all materials are provided, so majors and non-majors can participate without worrying about the high cost of art supplies. And no portfolio is required.

Classroom spaces — Every studio class has its own room where students can leave their art and work on it at any time during the day. The classroom belongs to the class, and they can see the development of other students and spend their creative time productively.

Low-cost trips — Each year, majors and non-majors take art-related trips that are underwritten by an endowment for the arts funded by Mary Louise Greiner. Recent destinations have included:

  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • Detroit
  • Toledo
  • Kansas City
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York City

"After graduating from Hanover with a degree in studio art, I served in the Peace Corps for two years in Malawi (Africa). Now I am starting my second year teaching earth science to inner-city kids in Houston."

Sarah Oblon '03

What do studio art majors study?

  • Drawing
  • Basic design
  • 2D and 3D art
  • Mixed media
  • Art history
  • Other topics that interest you, from printmaking to photography

Courses

Number
Name
Credits
Description
ART 113
Drawing I
1
An introduction to drawing and composition using largely black and white media to develop figurative and nonfigurative expression. Topics include basic fundamentals, perspective, anatomy, landscape, still life and personal expression. Fee charged.
ART 114
Ceramics I
1
Through hand-building and throwing techniques, this course introduces the nature of clay and emphasizes the process of creating ceramics from concept to finished product. Fee charged.
ART 115
Sculpture I
1
This course introduces three-dimensional, non-utilitarian art forms, space, and content while developing an individualized creative process. A variety of material will be used with the emphasis on wood assembly and construction techniques. Fee charged.
ART 116
Printmaking I
1
A basic understanding of printmaking as an art form. An introduction to basic techniques such as monotype, relief, and intaglio. Fee charged.
ART 117
Photography I
1
An introduction to the photographic process as applied to creative art forms, history and philosophy. Extensive studio experiences emphasizing the black and white still photograph as an art form. Fee charged.
ART 119
Painting I
1
Introduction to the techniques of painting; composition; techniques; media; styles. Subjects include preparations of painting surfaces, painting processes and framing and exhibiting. Prerequisites: Either 113 or 211. Fee charged.
ART 120
Figure Drawing I
1
A continuation of Drawing I; further exploration of the figure with emphasis on color, pen and ink, charcoal and mixed media. Prerequisite: 113 or permission of instructor. Fee charged.
ART 211
Foundational Design
1
Creative perceptual and conceptual problem solving in two dimensional and three-dimensional form. Fundamental explorations in Color Theory, Line, Edge, Shape, Form, Mass, Scale, and Space. A blending of Design Principles, Techniques, Materials, History of Design, Theory, and Philosophy of Design. Fee charged.
ART 212
Contemporary Art Practices
1
An interdisciplinary exploration of the combination of methods used in both two- and three-dimensional art forms, allowing students to work toward an integration of material, image, and artist, leading to creation of work based on connections discovered among music, poetry, literature, performing, and visual arts. Fee charged.
ART 214
Ceramics II
1
A continuation of the exploration of ceramic techniques moving toward a greater independence and personal aesthetic and conceptual development. Prerequisite Art 114. Fee charged.
ART 215
Sculpture II
1
This course is a further exploration of materials and techniques in sculpture and installation art, leading to personal conceptual advancement. Prerequisite: Art 115. Fee charged.
ART 216
Printmaking II
1
A continuation of the exploration of printmaking techniques moving toward a greater independence and personal creative and conceptual development. Prerequisite: Art 233. Fee charged.
ART 217
Photography II
1
A continuation of the exploration of photographic and new media techniques moving towards a greater independence and personal conceptual and creative development. Prerequisite: Art 117. Fee charged.
ART 219
Painting II
1
A continuation of the exploration of composition and painting techniques moving toward a greater independence and personal aesthetic and conceptual development. Prerequisite: Art 119. Fee charged.
ART 220
Figure Drawing II
1
A continuation of the exploration of using the figure as subject, leading towards a greater independence and personal creative and conceptual development. Prerequisite: Art 120. Fee charged.
ART 245
Large-Scale Painting
1
This course will cover the history, controversy and power of public art. Students will gain professional experience by learning to work as a team, as they go through the process of designing, writing a proposal, promoting creativity in the community and completing a group large-scale painting. Fee charged. May be repeated for additional credit, with permission of the instructor.
ART 246
Environmental Art
1
This studio/seminar course emphasizes three-dimensional art and focuses on issues relating to waste, pollution, and the environment as both the subject and materials. Students research environmentally motivated art such as earthworks, land projects, and ephemeral works as they develop constructive and aesthetic methods of interacting with the environment as part of a studio practice. Fee charged. May be repeated for additional credit, with permission of the instructor.
ART 247
Public Art
1
This studio/seminar course emphasizes three-dimensional art based on investigation of art produced outside of the gallery and museum, the history of public art, and approaches to site-specificity. Students gain professional experience as they create both individual and group projects in public space in collaboration with local institutions or communities. Fee charged. May be repeated for additional credit, with permission of the instructor.
ART 314
Ceramics III
1
A continuation of the exploration of the use of clay moving toward a greater independence and personal creative and conceptual development. Prerequisite Art 214. Fee charged.
ART 315
Sculpture III
1
A continuation of the exploration of the use of sculpture moving toward a greater independence and personal creative and conceptual development. Prerequisite Art 215. Fee charged.
ART 316
Printmaking III
1
A continuation of the exploration of combining traditional techniques moving toward a greater independence and personal creative and conceptual development. Prerequisite: Art 216. Fee charged.
ART 317
Photography III
1
A continuation of the exploration of the use of photography moving toward a greater independence and personal creative and conceptual development. Prerequisite Art 217. Fee charged.
ART 319
Painting III
1
A continuation of the exploration of the use of painting moving toward a greater independence and personal creative and conceptual development. Prerequisite: Art 219. Fee charged.
ART 320
Figure Drawing III
1
A continuation of the exploration if the use of figure as subject moving toward a greater independence and personal creative and conceptual development, Prerequisite 220. Fee charged.
ART 350
Drawing Abroad
1
Focus on the development of ideas and visual stimuli through sketchbook investigations. Extensive drawing done on site from master art works in major museums abroad.

Faculty