Painting, Drawing and Printmaking

Beginning with drawing, VARTS students learn to translate their experience of the world around them into mark, line and tone. Painting, both water-based and oil, provides an exploration of color principles and behaviors. Printmaking offers a bridge between drawing and painting in graphic form. In all media, contemporary practices as well as art-historical precedents are emphasized.

The Minor in PDP, allows for depth of study in a range of expressions from the figurative to the abstract. Students are encouraged to develop proficiencies in multiple media while exploring the ideas and issues they care most about in visual form. Many students use the PDP Minor to augment their studies in Architecture, Graphic Design, Marine Biology or other disciplines where visual communication is an essential skill.

Minor in Visual Arts: Painting, Drawing and Printmaking

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Visual Art Minors are available in Concentration areas of Film, Animation and Video; Painting, Drawing and Printmaking; Photography and Digital Media and Sculpture. Film, a widely interdisciplinary subject, is located in both the Communications Program and the Visual Arts Program. Both programs work closely together to host a film curriculum that is both diverse and focused. The Communications program emphasizes film culture and history. The Visual Arts Program emphasizes film production.

Minor in Visual Arts: Painting/Drawing/Printmaking

SubjectNumberTitle
VARTS101Foundations Drawing
AAH121History of Art and Architecture I
VARTS181Foundations of Painting
and three of the following:
VARTS201Drawing The Figure
VARTS241Printmaking Relief
VARTS242Printmaking: Intaglio
VARTS282Oil Painting
VARTS330Special Topics in Visual Art
VARTS381Painting The Figure
VARTS392Intermedia
VARTS401Advanced Drawing
VARTS430Special Topics in Visual Art
VARTS481Topics in Painting/Drawing/Printmaking
VARTS491Senior Studio
VARTS530Special Topics in Visual Arts Studies

 

Student Work

The Visual Arts program at Roger Williams University is interdisciplinary by design. Students are expected to explore a range of media from painting and ceramics to photography and video. Through the experiences of different media, students are challenged to find their own voice as an artist in work that reflects their individual aims and interests.  Our students develop proficiencies in several media, often combining media in new and unexpected hybrids. Students in VARTS at RWU routinely make high-quality work that we are proud to display throughout the campus community in our Art on Campus program

Painting, Drawing and Printmaking

A Painting by a VARTS student
Self Portrait Palette-Knife painting by Reid Ennis. Beginning with drawing, VARTS students learn to translate their experience of the world around them into mark, line and tone. Painting, both water-based and oil, provides an exploration of color principles and behaviors. Printmaking offers a bridge between drawing and painting in graphic form. In all media, contemporary practices as well as art-historical precedents are emphasized.

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Our Alumni Are

  • Gallery assistants and administrators
  • Teaching in Arts Education in public schools, private schools, and workshops
  • Art directors or writers at magazines
  • Design consultants
  • Pursuing graduate degrees
  • Working freelance as photographers or own their own businesses as designers