the visual arts program is studio-oriented with an emphasis on drawing and an overall philosophy that focuses on realism.
the faculty developed a drawing program which assumes no ability in the beginning student and aims to train her/him to draw figuratively at a professional level. students entering the department may attain advanced placement relative to their artistic abilities. studio classes operate as ateliers (workshops) where the students are treated as responsible adult learners in a general atmosphere of individual attention and informal contact.
as a teaching strategy, the instructor often works on his/her art alongside the students. along with skill development, the program engages students in issues of character and responsibility through readings, writings and discussions.
as seniors, students are required to develop a senior project that articulates, in image and word, the synthesis of their experiences at olivet college and the relevance of the college’s academic vision of education for individual and social responsibility to their lives now and in the future.
the faculty/student ratio is small and there is maximum access to studio facilities. in addition to the introductory courses, a full complement of studio classes in sculpture, painting, graphics and ceramics is offered.
for an official description of courses and degree requirements for the 2020-21 academic year, please reference our academic catalog.