Studio Art Areas

Drawing / Painting

Drawing is both an aesthetic end and the abstract basis of all the pictorial arts. While normally thought of as black markings on a white or light surface, drawing media can comprise an infinite list of materials utilized to the point where a finished work is arguably painting or sculpture. Drawing is considered a basic skill for all artists and is required of all majors in the Visual Arts at OSU. Students work with a variety of mediums and may continue to study drawing at its most advanced levels including figure drawing.

Selections from Life Drawing I Class

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OSU offers all levels of printmaking in its J. Jay McVicker print studio at the Arts Annex. Printmaking has had an illustrious history at OSU. Famous printmakers who have taught here include Doel Reed and McVicker, both of whom were well known for their regional imagery and excellent technical skills. Relief prints are made from a raised printing surface. The most common forms of relief printing are woodcuts and linoleum block prints. The image is drawn on the block and the non-image areas are cut away. Ink is applied to the raised area, paper is placed on the block, and the back of the paper is rubbed to pick up the ink. In the intaglio printing, an impression is made from a zinc or copper plate. The word intaglio is Italian and means to engrave or cut into. Lines are cut into the metal plate with acid or a sharp tool. Ink is applied to the plate, the lines hold ink, and the surface is wiped clean. Damp paper is forced into the inked lines with a press and picks up the image. In lithography, an impression is made from a stone or metal plate. The word lithography comes from the Greek words for stone and writing. The process is based on the simple principle that grease and water do not mix. A drawing is made on a stone or metal plate, which is then processed so that the image areas accept ink and the non-image areas repel ink. Pressure of the printing press causes the paper to pick up the inked areas.


Photography is a complex and hybrid discipline involving a rich history and diverse contemporary practice. This program is designed to introduce students to a range of practical skills in the medium as well as provide a firm grasp on its many uses an art form. With state of the art digital equipment including DSLR cameras, tripods, studio lighting, and large format printers, as well as traditional analog gear and a darkroom, students will produce different kinds of lens-based artwork in an effort to develop their individual voices. Topics of study include formal investigations into light, time, space, color, and scale as they apply to multiple genres such as portraiture, landscape, still life, abstraction, and conceptual art. Students will experiment with multiple printing processes including cyanotype, black & white, and color digital printing. Central to this program is the goal of pushing the photographic medium in new ways with personal vision and experimental forms.

Selections from Photography I Class

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Sculpture in this century provides options and alternatives not considered in the past. It may be in the form of installation art, conceptual art, or digital projections that transform a 3D space. Sculpture at OSU offers the student an opportunity to become involved with the full range of media and formats. All students study 3D Design and traditional techniques in a facility equipped to handle metal fabrication, gas/arc/ L-Tec welding, metal casting, wood construction, sand-casting and ceramic shell construction. Advanced students are involved in a broadly based course that allows them to pursue individual interests--including multi-media formats and public art--with an emphasis on further development of concepts, skill, and techniques.

Selections from Sculpture Class

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Education through the ceramic arts can lead to a number of vocational opportunities. In today's world of mass communication, the handcrafted object offers a relief and an alternative to the impersonal products of the factory. It is now possible to make a living as a production potter or to supply ceramics objects of everyday use to an ever expanding, aesthetically aware, and educated buying public. Ceramic sculpture has also grown in popularity. At OSU, the large ceramic facility affords many opportunities for student exploration at all levels of study after the completion of the required 3D Design course.

Jewelry / Metal

In recent years the field of metalworking and jewelry design has expanded to significant new directions in materials, body adornment, and small sculptural objects. Unconventional shapes, bold lines, bright colors and everyday materials are being used in ways that defy tradition. It is not that the traditional use of materials has been rejected, but rather the whole field of metals and jewelry has been expanded to envelope the past, present, and the future. The contemporary artist in metal must keep abreast of the advances made in industry, technology, and the fine arts, as well as maintain knowledge of the traditional skills and techniques. Students at OSU study 3D Design prior to proceeding into this area, where they may continue their education to the advanced level.

Selection of Student Work

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