First, they establish their facility with a wide range of artists’ tools—from charcoal, paint, and clay to the most current digital technologies. Then, as they construct their artistic vision, they hone their skills in at least one medium: for example, painting, drawing, ceramics, mixed media, or printmaking.
Throughout their career they supplement their course work with internships, which provide them with first-hand experience in artists’ studios, community arts organizations, art-related businesses, and with independent studies conducted under the close mentoring of Art department faculty. Through their classroom assignments, they regularly use the extraordinary resources of New York City galleries and museums.
By their senior year, Studio Art students are able to articulate their ideas both visually and verbally. They conclude their academic career at Marymount Manhattan in the capstone Senior Art Seminar with a Senior Thesis Exhibition that they design, install, and for which they produce an artist’s statement. The exhibitions are held in Marymount Manhattan’s Hewitt Gallery of Art in the Spring semester and are open to the public.