Visual Arts

Engage in studio arts through theory and practice. Explore image and object-making as historical and cultural traditions in relation to contemporary artistic, political, and social issues.

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Note: You can join or leave a Path of Study at any time and your credits will always count toward your Bachelor’s degree.

Evergreen’s unique visual arts curriculum offers ample opportunities for you to work deeply on art making in studios-based programs, while applying artistic approaches to themes with other academic disciplines in interdisciplinary programs.

  • Cultivate visual art and visual studies creative methodologies as part of interdisciplinary inquiry.
  • Gain hands-on art skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, woodworking, fine metals, sculpture, ceramics, and photography.
  • Learn practices, histories and theories of image and object making as historical and cultural traditions.
  • Develop critical awareness of artistic practices in our contemporary era that allow for individual and collaborative work with direct engagement from faculty and staff.

You will have unparalleled access to techniques and tools in state-of-the-art studios that minimize negative environmental impacts. Interdisciplinary art programs integrate the visual arts with philosophy, environmental studies, cultural studies, media, education, and history, among other fields.

Graduates are educators and sculptors, jewelers and fashion designers, printmakers and photographers, animators and illustrators. Many go on to join prestigious arts organizations and non-profits, or do advanced studies in art history, critical theory, curatorial studies, and museum studies. Others nurture creative talent in the fields of information science, art history, and industrial design, while some choose to or start their own creative businesses as artists, craftspeople, or entrepreneurs. The career opportunities for visual artists are as varied as the mediums they choose to pursue.

Learn more about this field of study.

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    This Path can prepare you for careers in

    • Arts education: museums and galleries
    • Visual communications: media advertising, publications, video games, theater, and film
    • Craft artist: letter press and printmaking, woodworking, pottery, and jewelry
    • Fine artist: illustration, painting, cartoons, graphic novels, and sculpting
    • Multimedia artist: special effects artists, animators, and game designers
    • Photography
    • Graphic design
    • Animation
    • Art direction
    • Set and exhibit design
    • Studio assistant
    • Public artist
    • Fabricator
    • Studio technician
    • Project manager
    • Commercial and industrial design
    • Fashion and retail design
    • Floral design
    • Interior design

    Graduate school opportunities beyond this Path

    • Master's in Fine Arts
    • Curatorial studies
    • Museum studies
    • Art therapy
    • K–12 teaching
    • Business and non-profit organizations
    • Architecture
    Faculty on this Path
    Title Expertise
    Adams, Emily printmaking
    Alexandria, Catherine (Jehrin) dance, ballet, movement therapy
    Birzer, Sharon
    Blackwell, Evan ceramic art, sculpture, visual studies
    Boilini, Lauren painting, drawing, art history
    Chema, Carolyn
    Eamon, Kathleen aesthetics and philosophy, critical theory, psychoanalysis
    Faur, Amjad photography
    Heineccius, Julia 3D metals
    Lee, Albert
    McCarty, Alexander 3D studio art
    Osha (Flores), Shaw visual arts, painting, drawing
    Partridge, Penelope
    Pavel, Susan
    Sandoz, Joli academic and creative nonfiction writing, community studies, analog game design
    Sattler, Jill
    Zay, Julia media arts, photography, visual studies
    Catalog Offerings for 2021-22
    Title Paths Class Standing Credits
    Advanced Projects in Ceramic Arts and Mixed Media Sculpture
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Ampersand: Hybridity in Visual and Narrative Art
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12, 16
    Book Arts
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Capstone Project: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Ceramic Art Practices: Exploring the Role of the Object
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8, 16
    Ceramics: Sculpting the Human Figure
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Designing Games for the Common Good
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Drawing: Foundations
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Drawing: Foundations
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Drawing: The Figure
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Drawing: The Portrait
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Figure Drawing
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Foundational Studio Projects in the Visual Arts
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    14
    Graphic Design I: Principles and Practices for Artists and Designers
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Graphic Design II: Brand Identity and Print Publication for Artists and Designers
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Graphic Design II: Brand Identity and Print Publication for Artists and Designers
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Graphic Design III: Capstone Projects, Professional Portfolios, and User Interface Design for Artists and Designers
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Intermediate Painting
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Material Matters: The Material Worlds of Art and Science
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Painting
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Painting
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Photography: Digital Processes
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Photography: Foundations
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Photography: Studio Practice
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Printmaking: Professional Practice and Independent Work
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Printmaking: Relief
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Printmaking: Screen Printing
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Professional Practices for Artists
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Rivers of Clay
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    8
    The Alchemy of Witness: Integrative Skills for Psychology and the Helping Professions
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    The Alchemy of Witness: Integrative Skills for Psychology and the Helping Professions
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    The Mural Project: Exploring our Roots Through Public Arts
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12, 16
    The Narrative Tableau: Studio Photography and Lighting
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Tradition and Innovation: Northwest Coast Indigenous Digital Design and Printmaking
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Woodworking: An Introduction (A)
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Woodworking: An Introduction (B)
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Woodworking: Containers
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Woodworking: Laminations
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Woodworking: Surfaces
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Catalog Offerings for 2022-23
    Title Paths Class Standing Credits
    Art + Archive
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Art Process: Creating Animation and Objects in Dynamic Time
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Arts and the Child: Early Childhood (A)
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Arts and the Child: Early Childhood (B)
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Book Arts
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Drawing: Foundations
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Drawing: Foundations
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Engaging Collectively Through Art and Critical Social Psychology
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Figure Drawing
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Graphic Design II: Brand Identity and Print Publication for Artists and Designers
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Graphic Design III: Capstone Projects, Professional Portfolios, and User Interface Design for Artists and Designers
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Greece and Italy: An Artistic and Literary Odyssey
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Intermediate Painting
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Medium and Message: Fine Metals, Book Arts, and Design Thinking
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Medium and Message: Graphic Design, Audio Ethnography, and Design Thinking
    • Freshman
    10, 14
    Painting
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Painting
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Photography: Digital
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Photography: Documentary
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Photography: Foundations
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Power Games: Identity and Social Justice in Game Studies and Design
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Printmaking: Introduction
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Professional Practices for Artists
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Salmon, Raven, and Whale: The Pacific Northwest in Art and Science
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    14
    Studio + Field: Advanced Projects in Art and Media
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Studio Projects: Rites of Passage
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    The Alchemy of Witness: Integrative Skills for Psychology and the Helping Professions
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Woodworking Special Topics: Multiples
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Woodworking Special Topics: Seating
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Woodworking: Enclosures and Containers
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Woodworking: Enclosures and Containers
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Woodworking: Frames and Surfaces
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Woodworking: Frames and Surfaces
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Woodworking: Summative Research and Studio Project
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Writing Visual Culture: the Image in Cultural and Critical Theory
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8, 16