Professors Gonzales-Day, Macko, and Tran (on leave fall 2023 and spring 2024)
Associate Professors Blassingame (on leave fall 2023), Davis, and Kovitz,
Assistant Professor Ogasian (on leave spring 2024)
Lincoln Visiting Artist Baetz
Lecturers Charlesworth, Zaleha
Each year over 500 students across the Claremont Colleges enroll in thirty-nine courses offered by the Scripps Art faculty in: art theory, book arts, ceramics, digital art, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Courses are designed to integrate theory and practice, enabling students to express their knowledge through research and diverse creative forms that can foster and enhance social discourse. The Art Department offers a rich and distinctive program that prepares our majors to pursue graduate work and careers in art, media, education, and the non-profit sector.
Taking advantage of Scripps’ long-standing position within the Los Angeles arts community, as well as the many opportunities found in a liberal arts environment, the Art major emphasizes hands-on learning and critical thinking. We support student research and production in traditional art to new media in various labs, classrooms and studios: the Lincoln ceramics building, Lang and Steele computer labs, and painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and video studios. Individual studios are available for qualifying majors during their senior year. Students enrolled in Scripps Art courses have 24-hour access to their classroom facilities.
The Scripps College Press and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery are also integral parts of the Art program. The Art faculty works closely with the Gallery to showcase the annual Scripps Senior Exhibition as well as other temporary exhibitions of interest to the College and the Claremont community.
An art major consists of a total of 10 courses:
7 upper-division art electives (a minimum of 2 must be at the intermediate/advanced level)
1 art history course and 1 art theory course, or
2 art theory courses
1 senior seminar/thesis
Students are encouraged to explore a number of studio practices before choosing an area of concentration.
Learning Outcomes of the Program in Art
Department Goals and/or Objectives
Goals are broad statements that describe what the program wants to accomplish
1. Students will learn basic production skills in contemporary studio art practices.
2. Students will learn to critically situate their work in a historical, disciplinary, interdisciplinary and cultural context.
3. Students will evaluate their own work and that of their peers in both verbal and written forms.
Student Learning Outcomes
Outcomes describe specific knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes students should demonstrate
SLO1: Students demonstrate technical, conceptual, aesthetic competencies in their chosen medium. .
SLO2: Students demonstrate critical engagement with contemporary art (artists, themes, movements, theories, and materials) in their work, and an awareness of the nature, function, and value of artworks.
SLO3: Students recognize well-crafted and critically sound works and articulate this recognition via class critiques, presentations, and written evaluations.