Two-Dimensional Art Forms

Drawing, life drawing, painting, printmaking, and graphic design

The two-dimensional studio art forms taught through the Art Program at UW-Platteville provide students with numerous opportunities to develop their personal aesthetic with various media and investigations of art. Two-dimensional studio coursework focuses on a traditional mastery of fundamental skills in drawing, life drawing, painting, printmaking, and graphic design. Building basic skills, knowledge, and expertise in two-dimensional forms provides students with a solid groundwork for upper level study opportunities, as well as communicating and expressing their creativity.

The two-dimensional drawing and painting studios give students the space and opportunity to develop a firm grounding in the principles and elements of design and encourage personal creative exploration. Coursework in drawing provides students with opportunities to learn to convincingly portray volumetric form, render space through linear perspective, build imaginative strategies for expression, and develop a personal style. Using traditional genres such as still life and portraiture, students learn to use color intelligently, to integrate form with concept, and to become responsive to issues of representation. Students are introduced to historic and contemporary artists and issues and encouraged to explore a wide range of possibilities in their areas of interest.

The printmaking studio contains opportunities for students to learn block printing, silkscreen, etching, and letterpress printing processes. The graphic design studio is equipped with state-of-the-art computer technology and our design coursework provides instruction in both traditional and digital media techniques with advanced studies in web and print design.

Three-Dimensional Art Forms

Ceramics, sculpture, metals, woodworking, and fiber arts

The three-dimensional studio art forms taught through the Art Program at UW-Platteville provide students with numerous opportunities to develop a personal style with various media and investigations with functional and non-functional art. Three-dimensional studio coursework focuses on traditional and contemporary mastery of fundamental skills in clay, metal, wood, plaster, concrete, plastic, fiber, and mixed media. Our coursework and labs provide an exciting experimental atmosphere that supports creative growth and artistic development where students are motivated to expand their conceptual and aesthetic thinking. By supporting students with the necessary tools, materials, and technical expertise in three-dimensional forms, they are able to develop skills as an artist and take ownership over their learning. Students are encouraged to explore historic and contemporary art issues in a variety of areas of interest. Building basic skills, knowledge, and expertise in three-dimensional art forms provides a solid groundwork for upper level study opportunities.

The ceramics studio provides students with pottery wheels, hand building tables, and large-scale relief making forms. Instructional methods include teaching a wide variety of glazing techniques, firing electric kilns, and raku methods. The woodworking and metals labs contain welders, a plasma cutter, a forge, pneumatic tools and chisels for stone, concrete, and wood. A sculpture yard outside of the art building provides opportunities for students to display three-dimensional works of art.