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What we do, what we know and what we make shapes our identity as artist and art community. We learn by doing. We learn by making. Craft is the medium through which artists communicate with peers and the world. As artists, we must develop a basic visual vocabulary before we can create.
In Foundations, the first year of studies, you will have the opportunity to learn the language of art and craft, which is the groundwork for all artistic endeavors. The courses in 2D design/drawing and 3D design educate you on how to converse visually with the use of “Images” and “Objects”. You will be encouraged to carefully consider what you see and how to interpret your perception. You are taught to dissect the underlying structure and to construct, rearrange and assess elements at will. These technical skills sharpen conceptual development, complex problem solving skills and facilitate exploration of personal style and expression while cementing the crucial eye-to-hand relationship artists need in order to create skilled work.
You will be introduced to basic materials in black and white - with some practice in color and color theory - and work with a wide variety of media. Using traditional and experimental media allows you to explore a diverse range of conceptual and practical issues, including the format of installation, and to refine levels of craftsmanship and finishing.
Assessment of weekly and bi-weekly assignments, preparatory work for projects, group critiques of homework assignments, written essays and sketchbook reviews cultivate excellent verbal and critique skills, productive and healthy studio practices, and discipline in time management. The foundation curriculum provides the core skills required for you to thrive in your chosen area of concentration while pursuing your studies at the College.
Brian Shannon, Department Head
Ryan Burghard, Professor
Olivia Fu, Professor
Bethany Hays, Instructor
Colin Kippen, Instructor
Foundations: From the Ground Up
The third annual Foundation exhibition celebrates work made in the fall semester by OCAC students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. In Foundations, the first year of studies, students learn the language of art and craft, which is the groundwork for all artistic endeavors.
“Image: Perception and Context” introduces two-dimensional design/drawing and “Object: Form and Materials” explores three-dimensional design. Students are taught to dissect the underlying structure and to construct, rearrange and assess elements at will. Experimentation is celebrated as we converse visually with the use of “Images” and “Objects.”
Learn more about our programs of study:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design
Master of Fine Arts in Craft & Material Studies
Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a Bachelor's Degree)
The Certificate in Craft