The goal of the Art Department is to raise students to a level of self-sufficiency, independent critical thinking, and proficiency in the creation and discussion of works of art in order that they might sustain a lively, generative, and relevant practice outside of the College environment.
About the Major
At Hamilton, art students create, learn, and display their talents in the new Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts. Across the street is the Wellin Museum, another acclaimed facility that hosts professional exhibits. As part of this exciting, rigorous, interdisciplinary art-making community, students explore the meaning art holds in their own lives and how art communicates ideas to others.
Students Will Learn To:
- Construct meaning using visual information
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the basic tools and techniques of new and traditional media
- Analyze their studio processes by diagramming the stages in creative thinking
- Use critique to formulate and build personal direction
- Generate a public exhibition
A Sampling of Courses
Introduction to Ceramics
Handbuilding techniques will be employed to explore the sculptural possibilities of clay. A developed visual and conceptual vocabulary will accompany the technical aspects of ceramics through studio practice and class critique.
Explore these select courses:
An introduction to the history, tools and language of basic animation styles. This course will trace the history of experiments in animated imagery from 19th Century photography through 20th Century film into 21st Century digital works. The class will cover basic techniques in Photoshop, Adobe Premier, and illustration and animation software interfaces.
Meet Our Faculty
Associate Professor of Art, Director of Digital Arts
photography, history of photography, video capture and editing, Adobe premiere, art foundations curriculum, and 2D and 4D fundamentals
Explore Hamilton Stories
Oftentimes students feel as though there is a dichotomy between the sciences and the arts and that they must choose one or the other. Enter Shelly Cao ’23, an art and mathematics double major pursuing a combination of both through architecture and showing the paths that emerge from pursuing interdisciplinary interests.
Ten members of Hamilton’s Junior Seminar art class visited New York City last week with Professor Rob Knight. Junior Seminar is a rite of passage for art concentrators to come together as a class and begin independently developing their artistic practices in a communal environment. Our three-day NYC adventure exposed us to the real-life art world. We visited several galleries, met with artists in their studios, and even attended a group art show that included a piece by Charlie Guterman ’22.
Careers After Hamilton
Hamilton graduates who concentrated in art are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including:
- Editorial Assistant, Random House
- Director, High Museum of Art
- Visual Designer, Fidelity Investment
- Director, Credit Suisse
- Landscape Design, Living Green
- Technical Director, Pixar Animation Studios
- Photographer, United Nations
- Major Gifts Officer, Grand Teton National Park Foundation
- Owner/Founder, Vermont Glass Workshop