STUDIO ART | Creativity & Experimentation


The visual arts are among the oldest, most universal, and most fundamental expressions of human culture. Our studio art majors gain the tools to express themselves powerfully, artistically, and visually. Students learn various media and techniques within each medium to find their niche. From there, students choose what to study more in depth, with ample opportunity to develop their skill in the studio. Small class sizes and personalized attention allow maximum learning opportunities.

SEE ART FIRSTHAND

Baker students have access to a variety of art venues. Whether it is a five-minute walk to local art fairs and galleries in Baldwin City, a short drive to Lawrence, Kansas City, or Topeka or even a regional flight to Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis, Denver, or Oklahoma City, you can devote a few hours, an evening, or a full weekend to seeing the art of the world in person.

ACCOMPLISHED FACULTY

Our students have the opportunity to work with not only art professors, but also with practicing artists. All faculty members are committed to their areas of expertise and show their work regionally, nationally, and internationally. The studio art faculty are dedicated to research and furthering their development as practicing artists and can often be found working alongside students in the art studios.

SENIOR EXHIBITION

As part of their art curriculum, students have the opportunity to plan and prepare their own exhibits in the Holt-Russell Gallery. This capstone course is an excellent way to demonstrate the knowledge and skill acquired through years of artistic development.

MAKE FRIENDS IN THE FIELD

The Art Club provides art majors with the opportunity to meet fellow students interested in the arts and participate in a wide range of activities, including Baldwin City’s Maple Leaf Festival, movie nights, and meetings where they get creative and get their hands dirty.


MACHIKO | Art Major, Class of 2012

“After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baker, Machiko studied ceramics at Kansas State University, earning a Master of Fine Arts. She taught at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, and in 2012 served as Artist in Residence at Baker. Machiko is happily back in the area where she and her husband have opened a studio in Kansas City, Missouri. They recently displayed their work in the Holt-Russell gallery on campus.”

NICK | Art Major, Class of 2017

“The faculty here are so supportive and are constantly challenging me to reach new levels. Professor Balch has been a huge mentor to me in my art career and in life. I don’t think I would have gained the skill, appreciation, perspective, or overall satisfaction with art if it hadn’t been for professor Inge Balch. She constantly challenges her students by always pushing them out of their comfort zones. By being pushed past what is comfortable, I have gained so much and I don’t think you can get something like that anywhere else. She is truly a special professor.”


CAREER TRACKS

Our art studio majors have landed the following jobs:

  • Cartoonist
  • Art Critic
  • Art Therapist
  • Travel Photographer, Editor
  • Creative Director

%

of graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of receiving their diploma.

Course Descriptions

R: course can be repeated for credit; P/NC: course graded on a pass/no credit basis

Courses required for these programs are listed in the current catalog.

AS 120 – Drawing I

Theory and practice in a variety of graphic media. Conte, ink, pencil, and charcoal are used in studio problems to acquaint beginning students with the full range of drawing possibilities. Students will also research, write, and discuss historical and contemporary theories and trends in drawing. The class meets six studio hours per week. (3 credit hours)

AS 121 – Painting I

The course introduces concepts used in painting including color, perspective, form, texture, scale, and composition. Students will explore technical, aesthetic, and conceptual approaches in painting. Students will also research, write, and discuss historical and contemporary theories and trends in painting. The class meets six studio hours per week. (3 credit hours)

AS 122 – Printmaking I

An introduction to the various techniques of linocuts. Students learn traditional techniques as well as mixed media processes and experimental contemporary digital printmaking. Emphasis is placed on the technical skills required to visually communicate utilizing the printmaking medium. The development of individual expression is stressed. The class meets six studio hours per week. (3 credit hours)

AS 130 – Ceramics I: Hand Building

An introductory studio course in hand building, consisting of both conceptual and technical processes in clay. The course explores 2-D and 3-D functional designs and sculpture using basic clay construction methods, varied surface decoration, kiln loading, and firing methods. Studio maintenance and safety will be stressed. Emphasis will be placed on originality of content and technical skill sets. The class meets six studio hours per week. (3 credit hours)

AS 132 – Sculpture I

An introductory studio course in which the basic three-dimensional concepts are explored through the use of a variety of selected media and processes. An informed context will be provided by the study of the work of both contemporary and historic sculptors. Emphasis will be placed on originality of content and technical skill sets. Studio maintenance and safety will be stressed. The class meets six studio hours per week. (3 credit hours)

AS 135 – Ceramics I: Wheel Throwing

An introductory studio course in wheel throwing, consisting of both conceptual and technical processes in clay. The course explores 3-D functional design, surface treatment, kiln loading, and firing methods. Studio maintenance and safety will be stressed. Emphasis will be placed on technical skill sets, a cohesive body of work, and time spent in studio working. The class meets six studio hours per week. (3 credit hours)

AS 170 – Digital Photography I

A practical introduction to the theory and application of digital SLR camera controls. An emphasis will be placed on the technical skills required to visually express oneself through the photographic medium, the use of Photoshop programs, and conceptual approaches. Instructional methods will include lectures, field experience, and laboratory work. (3 credit hours)

AS 230 – Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Fundamental skills for jewelry fabrication and metalsmithing are presented in this course. Original designs are developed and executed using a variety of materials, methods, and techniques. Forming, casting, and finishing processes are included. Prerequisite: AE 110. (3 credit hours)

AS 232 – Graphic Design I

This course is an introduction to graphic design as a form of visual communication through the use of image, form, color, and type. The course will consist of a series of lectures, daily critiques, demos, in-class discussion, and in-class work time. Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of graphic design and will explore formal composition principals, graphic design methodology, and approaches to digital layout. The course will include practical exercises in visual perception, visual organization, and visual communication. (Cross-listed as GD 232 and MM 232.) (3 credit hours)

AS 240 – Weaving and Fiber Art

This course instructs students in the use of tools, techniques, and processes required for producing original fiber art from concept to finished object. Fibers, fabrics, and technical procedures for working on and off loom, including knotting, appliqué, and surface design, will be included in the study. Prerequisite: AE 110. (3 credit hours)

AS 282 – The Fine Art of Gallery Management

This course introduces students to the diverse world of galleries through visits to museums, private galleries, and art collections. Students will review portfolios and learn how to select gallery art work, develop skills in promoting and advertising shows, and become familiar with the financial management of a gallery. Additionally, students will participate in one or more gallery openings. Prerequisite: AE 110 or AH 111, or permission of the instructor. (Cross-listed as AH 282.) (3 credit hours)

AS 332 – Graphic Design II

This is an intermediate-level course increasing the skills acquired in Graphic Design I. The course will expand further into color theory, advanced typography, project portfolio creation, and client-based project development. Concepts that will be explored include planning procedures, creating thumbnail sketches, creating digital layouts, final design creation, and publication. Students will be expected to use math skills to calculate image size, resolution, and document layout/positioning. Each project is designed to develop problem-solving skills and encourage collaboration as well as portfolio management. Students will use computer applications in this course, including Adobe Illustrator for logo/vector images and Adobe Photoshop for photographic image editing. Prerequisite: AS/GD/MM 232. (Cross-listed as GD 332 and MM 332.) (3 credit hours)

AS 350, 450 – Drawing II, III

Students expand on theories explored in Drawing I. Assignments concentrate on the introduction of more personally significant content into the students’ work. Thematic series are introduced as a way of exploring complex concepts. The class meets six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: AS 120 (for AS 350), AS 350 (for AS 450). (3 credit hours)

AS 351, 451 – Painting II, III

Students expand on theories explored in Painting I. Assignments concentrate on the introduction of more personally significant content into the students’ work. Thematic series are introduced as a way of exploring complex concepts. The class meets six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: AS 121 (for AS 351), AS 351 (for AS 451). (3 credit hours)

AS 352, 452 – Printmaking II, III

A continuation of the theories and applications explored in Printmaking I with an introduction to new processes, including contemporary intaglio prints (utilizing etching), monoprinting, and digital imaging. Contemporary intaglio approaches utilize less toxic processes and techniques that have been developed recently. Assignments concentrate on the introduction of more personally significant content into the students’ work. Thematic series are introduced as a way of exploring complex concepts. The class meets six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: AS 122 (for AS 352), AS 352 (for AS 452). (3 credit hours)

AS 360 – Ceramics II

This course is a continuation of basic wheel throwing and/or hand building. Emphasis will be placed on further development of personal expression, aesthetics, technical competency, and craft in both functional design and sculptural ceramic art forms. Contemporary issues in ceramics will be discussed. Studio maintenance and safety issues will continue to be addressed. The class meets six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: AS 130 or AS 135. (3 credit hours)

AS 362 – Sculpture II

This course provides a continuation of AS 132 and is a study of sculpture as an art form. Emphasis is placed on technical and visual problems including casting procedures. Group and individual critique are provided. The class meets six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: AS 132. (3 credit hours)

AS 370, 470 – Digital Photography II, III

Students expand on techniques and theories learned in Digital Photography I. While emphasis is placed on the technical uses of basic color digital imaging and photographic manipulation, the course primarily addresses aspects of color theory, perception, aesthetics, and the use of color in photographic and digital image creation. Thematic series are introduced as a way of exploring complex concepts. Prerequisite: AS 170 or the permission of the instructor (for AS 370), AS 370 (for AS 470). (3 credit hours)

AS 382 – The Fine Art of Gallery Management II

This course provides students an opportunity to continue their exploration of the diverse world of galleries through visits to museums, private galleries, and art collections. Students will review portfolios and learn how to select gallery art work, develop skills in promoting and advertising shows, and become familiar with the financial management of a gallery. Additionally, students will participate in one or more gallery openings. Prerequisite: AH/AS 282. (3 credit hours)

AS 460 – Ceramics III

This course is a continuation of AS 360 with further emphasis placed on glaze making. Expression of aesthetic judgment and production of a unified ceramics portfolio are central purposes of the course. The class meets six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: AS 360. (3 credit hours)

AS 475 – Ceramics IV

This class is a continuation of AS 360 Ceramics II and serves art majors and non-art majors alike. The emphasis will be on the development of the individual student’s final portfolio and/or exhibition. Contemporary art-related global issues will be researched and discussed in class. Prerequisite: AS 360 (3 credit hours)

AS 462 – Sculpture III

This course is a continuation of AS 362. Expression of aesthetic judgment and the production of a unified sculpture portfolio are central purposes of the course. The class meets six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: AS 362. (3 credit hours)

AS 498 – Exhibition and Portfolio

Students in this course develop an understanding of standards and strategies for preparing and presenting works of art as an exhibition and for articulating artistic goals and objectives. Prerequisite: Studio Art major with senior status and permission of instructor. (3 credit hours)

Scholarships

The Department of Mass Media and Visual Arts gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Art
  • Lloyd E. Ligon Memorial Scholarship
Art Participation Scholarship Application

Students may apply for art participation awards at any time. Be sure to contact the Office of Financial Aid at jeanne.mott@bakerU.edu or 785.594.4595 to ensure you have applied for all possible sources of assistance.

Priority will be given to applications received before April 1.

In addition to the application, all students applying for the art participation award must include a portfolio of their work.

Apply for an Art Department Scholarship

Directions for Creating a Portfolio
Include 5 to 10 digital images of your artwork in the medium(s) of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, or collage. Save your images onto a small flash drive and write your last name clearly on the drive.
SEND US YOUR IMAGES

By Mail
Baker University
Department of Art
Attention: Kathy Elliott
PO Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006

By Email
kathy.elliott@bakerU.edu
Please use the subject line: Art Portfolio, and include your first and last name in the email.

STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

DIALOGOS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."
Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."
BOOK Program
Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.
BOOK Program
Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

FACULTY

 

Inge Balch

Professor of Art | inge.balch@bakerU.edu
Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Inge Balch has found a happy home in Baker’s Art Department. It was a mix of former professors that taught her to teach from her heart and with gusto, honesty, and humor. For her, the most rewarding part of teaching is seeing the accomplishments of students who never thought they could do it. In her own words, “art is life!”

B.A., B.F.A. Kansas State University; M.F.A. University of Kansas
Expertise: ceramics, design, sculpture curator of the International Orton Conebox Show, recipient of the 1992 Distinguished Scholarship Award and 2002 Kopke Excellence in Teaching Award
Office: Bennett Art Building | 785.594.4537

Russell Horton

Russell Horton

Assistant Professor of Art rhotron@bakerU.edu
From an early age, Russell Horton was a keen observer of the visual world around him. Observation is a key component in understanding the nature of a subject. During the initial phases of instruction, establishing the hand/eye connection is vital. Along with the maturation of this relationship emphasis is also put on development of problem-solving skills and critical thinking. Often the act of looking provides solutions and inspiration in need of further exploration.

B.F.A. Rhode Island College, M.F.A. Clemson University
Office: Parmenter 310 | 785.594.4587

Robbin Loomis

Instructor of Photography | rloomis@bakerU.edu
Office: Parmenter 310 | 785.594.8339

CONTACT US

Kathy Elliott
Department Assistant
Mass Media & Visual Arts
Office: Pulliam 206
785.594.4509
kathy.elliott@bakerU.edu