Millersville’s ceramic program focuses on sculptural and utilitarian methods. Students explore a variety of working processes; hand building and wheeling throwing are the basics. In 2009 the university built a new state-of-the-art gas kiln room. Students can explore a large range of firing techniques including: gas, electric, pit, and soda firings. Students have the unique opportunity to interact with various artists in residence. Recently in 2009 an artist was visiting from Taiwan. Visiting artists provide valuable insight and knowledge and often a new perspective. The ceramics courses force students to solve three dimensional design problems of building, composition and glazing.
Fine Arts Metals
Ms. Becky McDonah
Fine art metals concentrates on jewelry and metals as a form of artistic expression. The students seek creative solutions to visual problems while employing various metal working techniques and media. Critical analysis and evaluation of jewelry and metal art are central to the courses. The studio facilities are equipped for fabricating, raising, enameling, casting, electroforming, spray-etching, and aluminum anodizing.
Graphic & Interactive Design
Ms. Jeri L. Robinson-Lawrence,
Ms. Nancy R. Mata,
Mr. James Pannafino
As a Graphic and Interactive design student you will acquire the skill and knowledge to work in-house, at a design firm, or apply for graduate school. The professors and courses encourage students to create unique and successful solutions to visual problems. Without successful design, the work does not function since the objective of graphic design is to communicate. You will develop the skills to create unique and successful design either in print, web or both. Design students can either earn their degree as BA or BFA. BA students are encouraged to minor in an area such as marketing, communications or business. BFA students courses are more focused in studio classes which create a broader fine arts knowledge base. A wide range of design courses are available. Senior year students are required to take a class in which they will prepare their portfolios for future endeavrs. The art department encourages highly motivated students from graphic design to participate in internship and cooperative education opportunities that exist in both the public and private sectors.
Painting/ Drawing/ Watercolor
Ms. Line Bruntse,
Ms. Leslie E. Bowen,
Mr. Robert Andriulli,
Mr. Ben J. Cunningham
Painting, drawing and watercolor are forms of artistic expression as well as a form of nonverbal communication. Traditional and contemporary perspectives are employed with an emphasis on original creative solutions to visual problems. Students explore artistic composition employing a variety of drawing media and techniques. Painting covers working in oil, acrylic and related media in which the student explores techniques and approaches to painting through the use of drawing, design and color. Watercolor courses are also offered. The 1700 square foot painting studio is equipped with sturdy metal easels, wooden easels, and tablorets that are moveble to accommodate the changing needs of class projects. An adjacent room offers storage for painting and related supplies, and also has working stations for preparation of art materials, matting, and framing.
The photography concentration covers black and white, color, non-traditional, and digital as working methods for the creative photographer. Students focus on the value, function and perception of fine art photography through study and practice. Student work is analyzed, criticized and evaluated in terms of the photograph as fine art. Color techniques and various printing processes may be chosen to suit the individual photographer’s objectives.
The printmaking studio is outfitted to instruct the four major fine art printmaking processes of relief, intaglio, lithography and silkscreen. Students working in each of these areas will develop technical skills and understanding of the physical nature of creating original prints. Issues of subject matter, content, and intent are central to composing and creating works. Creative and original solutions to visual problems are emphasized in each type of printmaking. Students explore multiple approaches within each process starting at an introductory level technically and building with each new process into a more developed understanding and working knowledge of the process.
Ms. Line Bruntse
Sculpture is a three-dimensional form of artistic expression. Students work with a variety of materials stressing technique, content, intent and compositional elements. Students are encouraged to look at contemporary sculptors including those visiting artists showing in the campus galleries. Artists-in-residence also provide valuable resources to students. The artists act as mentors and are a great knowledge base. Students work to develop individual artistic expression and a personal idiom of expression.