Foundational Studio Projects in the Visual Arts

Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Freshman - Sophomore
Class Size: 46
14 Credits per quarter
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This program incorporates Greener Foundations. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s 2-quarter introductory student success course, which provides all first-year students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive at Evergreen. First year students will get 14-credits from this program, and 2-credits from a Greener Foundations course. First year students will need to register for the 14-credit program CRN PLUS Greener Foundations (CRN 20001).

This entry-level visual arts program will emphasize 2D and 3D studio practices and design principles in printmaking and sculptural objects. Through this course we will address a range of visual languages, design strategies, and traditions employed by various communities, including Northwest Coast Native design history and traditions. These approaches to images and objects are quite different from conventional, western ideas about “Art” that are primarily aesthetically pleasing or focused on self-expression. By critically examining regional, historical, and contemporary understandings of art, craft, and design, students will be able to see their work as taking part of ongoing practices that will shape the future of art.

The program is designed to support both students who plan to concentrate their studies in the visual arts, as well as those who are curious about the skills and knowledge necessary for sustained creative work. No prior art experience necessary -- enthusiasm, resilience, good organization, and a strong work ethic are required. Students should be prepared to dedicate at least 40 hours per week to studio projects, and rigorous reading and writing on topics related to the concepts of art, craft, and design, as well as the functions, legacies, and histories surrounding objects and images.

The fall and winter quarters will provide students with basic studio and tool use techniques in small sculpture and printmaking, as well as design and drawing workshops. Students will work to create images and sculptural objects that relate to their personal material histories and identities in either 2D or 3D the fall quarter, switching to the other medium in winter.

During the 2D / printmaking studio experience students will develop foundational skills in Northwest Native design and printmaking techniques. Students will explore and research printmaking and graphic design by indigenous artists of the Pacific world and will create a conceptual body of work with an emphasis on professional editioning practices. In Northwest Native Design and art practice, we will read texts such as Barbara Brotherton’s “S'abadeb the Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists”, and Bill Holm’s “Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form”.

During the 3D studio experience students will develop foundational skills in the construction of sculptural and useful objects in copper, brass, and silver. In addition to working with metal, students will research the histories of specific materials, choosing one material to experiment with and transform throughout the quarter. Readings will include “Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry: The Art, the Artists, the History” by Alexander Dawkins, “The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art” by Martha Buskirk, as well as excerpts from texts emphasizing histories of adornment and object design.

Students will need access to a computer with a reliable internet connection to participate in online classes 2 days each week including seminars, lectures, and workshops. Students will need to be able to travel to the Olympia campus 3 days each week to participate in required studio class sessions and scheduled independent homework sessions in the printmaking and fine metalsmithing studios.


Fall 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So (14): 10090
Fr (14): 10091
Winter 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So (14): 20180
Fr (14): 20181

Academic details

Preparatory For

Visual Arts, Education, Cultural Studies.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$220 per quarter for entrance fees, required studio fee, and art supplies

Special Expenses

Optional: Additional materials will be available for individual purchase, and students may choose to spend from $25 to $100 to cover more extensive projects.


In Person or Remote
Hybrid (F)
Hybrid (W)
Time Offered
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