Welcome to the Grace College Art program! As an aspiring visual artist with a degree in Drawing and Painting, you will aquire a strong fine arts foundation to prepare you for career opportunities within two specialized disciplines in the art world. This major focuses on personal artistic development and self-promotional techniques.
The purpose of the Drawing and Painting major is to develop your abilities to create a wide variety of drawings, from contemplative studies to finished art, and to explore painting processes with an emphasis on the rendering of imagery.
While bringing practical, professional knowledge to the classroom, our faculty serves to encourage and challenge you to possess professional creative and technical skills and to develop a mature Christ-centered worldview.
Course Requirements for a B.A. or B.S. Drawing and Painting Course Requirements for a Drawing and Painting Minor
Examples of courses in this major:
ART122 Drawing II
Drawing II explores the expressive applications of the student’s drawing ability. Included are experiments with various media and problems in structural drawing, expressive sketching, and experimental techniques.
ART270 Life Drawing
This course focuses on the theory and practice of drawing life forms from constructive anatomical human figures to mammal and microorganism studies. The course includes field trips, sketch book journal development, and models.
ART318 Painting II
Students learn the advanced techniques and skills in the oil medium. Themes will include landscape, still life, and the portrait.
ART324 Watercolor Painting
This course is an introduction to basic watercolor methods and techniques. Students will develop an understanding of transparent watercolor by exploring the mechanics of the medium with assignments designed to combine basic techniques with the realm of creativity and expression.
ART450 Advanced Problems in Drawing and Painting
The student pursues a personal style by concentrating on a specific approach, media, and theme in drawing and painting. Emphasis is given to the development of a visual statement supporting personal interpretation.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
Terry Armstrong, B.F.A.
Instructor of Art, Watercolor
B.F.A., Indiana University, Ft. Wayne, IN.
Professor Terry Armstrong has a bachelor's degree in both fine art and commercial art from Indiana University. In addition to his extensive background as a corporate graphic artist and communications manager, his fine art watercolors have captured many honors and have been exhibited in numerous galleries within the United States.
Timothy W. Young, B.F.A., M.F.A
Associate Professor of Art and Director Mount Memorial Art Gallery
B.F.A., Bowling Green State University. OH; M.F.A., Miami University, OH
Professor Timothy Young joined the Grace College faculty in 1997. In addition to his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees, he has participated in additional studies at Circulo de Bellas Arts, Madrid, Spain. Prof. Young is accomplished in painting and drawing and has exhibited and sold major works in the U.S. and abroad.
J. D. Woods, M.S., M.Div.
Associate Professor of Art
B.A. in Art Education, Oakland City College; M.S. in Art Education, Indiana University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary
Bringing a unique perspective to the classroom, Prof. J.D. Woods challenges students of European and American art history to explore how religious ideals are reflected in the arts. He has taught in the college's prison extension program for over 10 years, while freelancing in the graphic arts. His hobby is collecting and performing music with the guitar and banjo, for a variety of audiences in the community.
Kim M. Reiff, B.F.A, M.B.A, M.F.A
Assistant Professor and Chair, Art Department
B.F.A., Indiana University, Fort Wayne; M.B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion; M.F.A. in Visual Arts, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
In addition to her academic accomplishments, Professor Kim Reiff has worked in industry as a marketing communications manager, graphic designer, and production manager.
Don Swartzentruber, B.S., M.F.A.
Instructor of Art, Printmaking
B.S. in Art Education, all-grade, Grace College; M.F.A. in visual arts, Vermont College, Norwich University
As a contemporary visionary artist,Professor Don Swartzentruber designs carnivalesque images that manifest from interests in theology, cultural issues, and the surreal. He has taught and lectured on the arts for more than 15 years and exhibits nationally. He currently teaches art at Warsaw Community High School.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
- Fine (Studio) Artist
- Traditionally, Fine Artists focus on creating original artworks in the form of drawing, painting, or sculpture or may specialize in other art forms, such as ceramics, printmaking, photography, digital media, computer imaging or performance. The space dedicated solely for the creation of art is called a studio. Artists who create within this designated space are also referred to as Studio Artists. Along with expertise in their chosen art form, Fine Artists have a solid background in art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and theory. Focusing on personal artistic development, Fine Artists create, display and sell personal artwork through a variety of means including, art exhibitions, commercial galleries, corporate collections, and commissions. Buyers may include museums, corporations, institutions, government agencies, and individuals. Some Fine Artists are able to support themselves solely through the sale of their work, while others may have an additional job to support their art careers. Fine Artists may work in museums or art galleries as fine-arts directors or curators, or art critics for art-focused publications, or as consultants to foundations or institutional collectors. Other artists teach art classes or conduct workshops in their own studios, within schools, or other art-related organizations.
- Art Director
- Art directors develop design concepts and review material that is to appear in periodicals, newspapers, and other printed or digital media. They control the overall visual direction of a project in fields such as advertising and publishing. They decide how best to present a concept visually, so that it is organized, eye catching, and appealing. Art directors decide which photographs or artwork to use and oversee the design, layout, and production of material to be produced. They may direct workers engaged in artwork, design, layout, and copywriting. Art Directors attend photo shoots and printing sessions, reviews and approves proofs of materials developed by staff members or vendors and present final layouts to clients for approval.
- Art Curator
- Art Curators are responsible for choosing and acquiring the pieces of art to be shown in museums, government facilities, colleges or universities, corporations, and other institutions. Curators select works for permanent display as well as works for special temporary exhibitions. Some curators specialize in a particular art form such as sculpture, painting, antique furniture, film, or photography; others concentrate on artwork from a particular historical time period. Curators organize educational and public outreach programs such as tours, workshops, and lectures to publicize their collections. Art Curators write publicity material and explanatory catalogs for exhibits and arrange for loans of art objects to and from other museums. Curatorial positions often require knowledge in a number of fields. Curators need computer skills and the ability to work with electronic databases. Many curators are responsible for posting information on the Internet, so they also need to be familiar with digital imaging, scanning technology, and copyright law. Although, Curators have a variety of undergraduate degrees, work as a Curator generally requires a master's degree or a doctoral degree. Most curators do their graduate work in art, art history, or some specialized area such as archaeology and work in museums while they complete their education.
- An Illustrator is a professional artist trained to produce pictures that translate human knowledge and experience into visual terms. By developing mastery skills in a personal style, an Illustrator creates images that contain a dynamic language of symbols and metaphors in a variety of genre work such as editorial or advertising or through subject specialization such as scientific illustration. Choices for Illustrators include: advertising, book, editorial, magazine, promotional, agency, technical, or scientific illustration. Specialization requires expertise in other subject fields of study. For example, medical illustration would require knowledge of medicine or biology.
- City Arts Center Manager
- The City Arts Center Manager plans, organizes and executes creative arts programs for a city. This position negotiates contracts and agreements with creative arts organizations and artists within a city and advocates the Arts Program through promotional activities and presentations. Working within the community, the City Arts Center Manager coordinates activities with city departments, various agencies, groups, and individuals. The City Arts Center Manager develops, coordinates and administers the public art program and local grants program.
- Art Curatorial Assistant
- A Curatorial Assistant with in-depth knowledge of a specific art genre works under the supervision of the Chief Art Curator and performs research and administrative work in connection with an Art Museum's permanent collection and exhibitions. The Assistant conducts research, writing, and other curatorial work related to publications, presentations, exhibitions and acquisitions. Must have excellent writing and editorial skills and a good working knowledge of at least one European language. Responsibilities may include administering photographic schedule and managing the transition of curatorial records into the museum’s collections database (TMS).
What others are saying:
I have seen God's grace and provision through the faculty members. They have challenged me to stretch myself to become a better artist by improving my skills, and most of all, giving God glory by worshiping Him with my gifts.
—Katelyn Mithoefer, B.A., Illustration and Drawing and Painting (double major), graduating 2012