Studio Art

The Department of Art and Architecture offers an in-depth experience of fine art, where vision and critical thinking are valued, while providing a firm foundation in studio art techniques and principles. This means that when you graduate you will have the skills you need to pursue a career in the arts. Our alumni have gone on to careers as artists, professors, elementary and secondary art teachers, museum professionals, gallerists, and commercial artists.

Student Resources

Student Profile: Adam Farid '20

Adam Farid '20

Major: Studio Art and Media and Society Double Major

“As someone extremely interested in photography, I knew a Studio Art major was perfect for me. Through the coursework, I have advanced my skills and expanded into other mediums. One of my favorite courses, 'Photo and Print' with Assistant Professor of Art Alysia Kaplan, allowed me to explore and push my work in different directions. In that class, I was able to take my photos and screenprint them on large paper after utilizing Photoshop techniques that I learned in an imaging workshop course.”

Meet Our Faculty

Classes in the art department are intimate, allowing access to personal guidance from professional artists in making decisions about your schooling and career. Advising is a key component of making the most of your college education, and the faculty at Hobart and William Smith work closely with you to define a course of study that is challenging and inspiring. Below you will find the artists, innovators and educators that you will work with over your four years at HWS. Meet the entire department >

Studio Art News

Independent Study Urges Young People to Explore Their Identities

Tue, 23 Jun 2020

Makker independent studyAs part of an independent study, studio art major Grace Hammett ’20 and architectural studies major Caroline Turino ’20 published an online booklet and website titled “Today I am…” that…

Pardales ’21 Named Udall Scholar

Fri, 01 May 2020

Copenhagen Pardales Isabella 007-2Isabella Pardales ’21 is one of only 37 students in the nation to receive a prestigious 2020 scholarship from the Udall Foundation, which supports “future leaders across a wide spectrum…

100 Watercolors of Berlin

Tue, 03 Dec 2019

Photo by Gianna Gonzalez '20As a Blocker Fellowship recipient, Abbey Frederick ’20 studied abroad in Berlin, Germany during the spring of 2019 and conducted a cultural studies project on urban space through watercolor paintings…

Studying Sustainable Design in Copenhagen

Tue, 12 Nov 2019

Copenhagen Pardales Isabella 001 - TCopenhagen is frequently ranked as one of the world’s most livable, green and best-designed cities. While studying abroad in Denmark through DIS Copenhagen, environmental studies and studio art double major…

Salita ’19 Photographs Life in Hong Kong

Tue, 05 Mar 2019

Jonah Salita ‘19 walks along a dividing wall in downtown Hong Kong where he is studying abroad.With support from a Student International Initiative Fund (SIIF) grant awarded by the Center for Global Education (CGE), Jonah Salita ’19 channeled his passion for photography and visual storytelling into…

Poisson ’19 Gets an Int’l Perspective on Creative Marketing

Thu, 05 Jul 2018

Salisbury TannerOne of seven recipients of a 2018 Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend, Tanner Poisson ’19 is working with the global media giant IPG Mediabrands, exploring “how a dynamic…

Sample Courses

Studio Art majors take a rigorous set of foundations courses at the 100-level, and quickly move on to highly focused courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and digital imaging. These courses are designed to help each student to explore a broad range of concepts, methods and materials while developing individual ideas. Below you will find a sampling of the studio art curriculum.

Class Complete Course List

Color & Composition
A perceptual approach to the study of color interaction and compositional dynamics, students work through a carefully structured series of problems designed to reveal empirically the nature of color interaction and relatedness and the fundamentals of good visual composition. Projects range from narrowly focused color problems to ambitious, expressive compositional inventions.

Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Jenny Wu '12

Current Position: Artist

Current Location: Washington, D.C.

Majors: Studio Art

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