Studio Art Major & Minor

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painting1printmaking1As a studio art major or minor at Truman, you will explore a variety of practical art concepts in our modern facilities. Choose from:


Pursue one of six different studio emphases:

Ceramics

Explore all aspects of a wide range of mediums in Ceramics classes, including glaze mixing and loading and firing kilns. You’ll also study the history of Ceramics and the role of Ceramics in various cultures, and become familiar with work that is being produced by contemporary artists.

With guidance, follow your own creative choices to develop a personal statement in clay. Use a wide range of mediums – including earthenware, porcelain, and stoneware – and many surface possibilities, including majolica and other earthenware glazes, reduction glazes, salt surfaces and other types of glazed and unglazed surfaces.

By graduation, you’ll be well equipped to go on to graduate school, set up a shop and produce creative work in clay, or explore Ceramics related fields while continuing to express yourself personally.


Fibers

Our Fibers studio contains wet and dry areas, 7′ printing tables, large table and floor looms, Janome New Home sewing machines, and a Bernina Industrial Sewing Machine. You’ll find spacious facilities for printing, dyeing, weaving, and fabric construction.

Learn surface design through a wide variety of dyeing, sewing, fabric manipulation, and construction techniques. Weaving and hand work are also included, with ample opportunity for you to explore a variety of fiber media. You’ll also learn to use computer programs and digital imagery for your structural textile design.

BFA Fibers graduates of Truman have gone on to the MFA program in Fibers at the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Arizona, SIU Edwardsville, Kansas State, and other schools.


Painting

There’s no “preferred style” here. You’ll be encouraged to produce work that reflects your unique take on the world, because the painting program centers on the development and maturation of the artist as a critical thinker and a skilled technician.

Our student-based learning program focuses on techniques and materials, current aesthetic theory and criticism. Through independent work and group critique, you’ll develop your personal style, while entering juried competitions each semester to grow as an artist and learn to articulate the concepts and motives that inspire and inform your creations.


Printmaking

Investigate relief, intaglio, lithography, screenprint, letterpress, photo-based Processes, and papermaking. Our printshop has eight presses, excellent lighting, and is next door to the Drawing and Painting Studios – ideally placed to facilitate cross-course projects.

You will learn to both traditional and new technological processes to produce both monochromatic and multi-colored prints, culminating in a show at the University Gallery.


Sculpture

Work with metal (foundry and welding), wood, plaster, and plastics media to produce sculpture of all types and scale.


3-Dimensional Studio

The 3D studio allows for the fusion and exploration of all 3D specialties.


Preparing for Lives That Matter

Our graduates are in high demand, and have pursued advanced degrees at some of the finest institutions in the country:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • American University
  • George Washington University
  • University of California-Santa Barbara
  • Washington University
  • The John Hopkins University

See the Art Major & Minor FAQ for more info about the program. You may also be interested in our Art History, Visual Communications, or other art minor programs.

For information on events, alumni, faculty creative work and scholarship, and lots more, please visit the Art Department blog.

Incoming Student, Art Department Scholarship information and application


Student Work

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

November 20, 2017

Truman classes are off for the full week of Thanksgiving to allow students and faculty a chance to catch up on sleep, writing and grading, and to get together with friends and family and reexamine all the things that make us fortunate in life.  We hope you will have a good holiday yourself, and come…Read more Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Watercolors from NatureWatercolors from Nature

November 18, 2017

Laura Bigger’s Art Foundations I students are spending a couple of weeks enjoying the lushness in the Magruder Hall Greenhouse amid winter gloom! Their botanical watercolors will be on display in Ophelia Parrish the week after Thanksgiving Break.                    

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