Areas of Art Study
- Areas of Study
- Art History
- Foundations: Design and Drawing
- Computer Graphics
- Sculpture and Art Metals
The Art History area offers foundation classes in Art Appreciation,
Survey of Western Art History, Renaissance and Contemporary Art. Guest lectures,
multimedia presentations, discussions and research guidance address historical
and current issues in art. The on-campus Forum and Studio galleries provide direct
access to student and faculty work as well as cutting-edge contemporary work from
around the world. Visits to area museums, galleries and private collections are
also included in course activities.
Foundations: Design and Drawing
Beginning 2D design, 3D design and drawing students work in a variety
of media and techniques plus computer-generated graphic applications. Advanced design
and drawing courses encourage individual development and prepare students for higher
level visual problem solving. Figure drawing courses focus on the human figure,
working from live models.
The recently renovated ceramics studio is completely equipped for
handbuilding and wheel throwing. The kiln yard features a car kiln for large-scale
work, and woodburning, soda, raku, reduction and electric kilns. An expanded course
schedule includes focus classes in glaze application and calculation, and in kiln
maintenance and firing.
The Digital Art Studio is a sleek and up-to-date Mac lab outfitted with
more than 20 MacPro computers, flat-screen monitors and a selection of high-end film
scanners and large format digital printers. The lab is designed to support and train
artists who wish to work in image manipulation programs such as Adobe Photoshop, as
well as those who are interested in pursuing the extension of their artwork on the
Web through Web site design and creation. The art department supports the use of
computers in all studio classes as additional and interesting tools of artistic
manipulation, and as interactive teaching tools.
Painting is taught in a north window lit studio equipped with track
lighting and exhaust ventilation. Following foundation courses in design and drawing,
beginning painting students develop fundamental skills in the medium and begin to
define an individual direction of imagery. Advanced students engage the issues of
contemporary painting and are encouraged to work large scale and with experimental
The photography area supports work in gelatin silver processes in
formats from 35mm to 8 x 10, non-silver and alternative processes, and extensive
digital imaging capability, including 35mm and large format film scanning, 8000
line-per-inch digital output to film, and large format laser and ink jet output.
Printmaking at Brookhaven College combines a rigorous introduction
of the technical and conceptual aspects of print media and processes, approached
in a studio environment encouraging exploration and large-scale and mixed-process
work. Intaglio processes (etching, aquatint, mezzotint and engraving), collagraph,
monoprint, relief printing and lithography on stones, aluminum and polyester plates,
and water-based screenprinting are supported. The Digital Art Studio facilitates
integrating computer-based and altered imagery into all printmaking processes; the
adjacent fine arts photography facilities enable convenient incorporation of
photographically-based processes and images.
Sculpture and Art Metals
The sculpture facility features indoor and outdoor studio spaces that
include a foundry for aluminum and bronze casting, a gas forge for steel forging, and welding areas for oxyacetylene, arc, mig and tig welding. A fully equipped wood
shop and facilities for stone carving, mold making, art metals and jewelry provide
students with a comprehensive 3-D program.