Ames School of Art

Courses of Study

Glass Studio

At the School of Art, students may choose to concentrate in one of the following areas: ceramics, drawing, glass, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. 

The School of Art is dedicated to students who not only wish to grow visually, but who seek to acquire a historical reference to their visual language.

All students study the history of art. The art history program provides strong support to the studio areas by offering courses ranging from basic survey to advanced period and topics studies.


Painting and Drawing : The Art of the Easel

PaintingThe translucent glass windows of the painting and drawing studios illuminate subjects with natural light as students focus on an endless variety of drawing media. Advanced students meet weekly to share work and ideas they bring back to their own semi-private studios. With no graduate students at Illinois Wesleyan, advanced students enjoy the freedom of studio time and personal attention.

Sculpture, Ceramics and Glassmaking : The Art of Fire, Clay and Sand

CeramicsReach into the three-dimensional with classes in the ancient arts of sculpture, ceramics and glass. Explore the earliest mode of human expression with classes that develop awareness, as well as shape skill. Sample classes in metal casting, welding, woodworking, kiln work, wheelwork and more. Students experience one of the few glass kiln-forming university programs in the country, with new computerized kilns, a foundry for aluminum and bronze casting, gas and electric kilns for a variety of firing possibilities and a stateof-the-art glass casting facility.

Graphic Design: Integrating Technology and Culture

DesignGo beyond the boundaries of the computer with a program that integrates graphic design and a creative marketing approach. Meld art techniques and concepts into design work. Illinois Wesleyan graphic design students work in an up-todate computer lab with in-house laser and color printers.

Photography: Capturing Art in Life

PhotographyDiscover what makes photography art. To capture a moment in time is more than history; it is the very expression of humanity. At Illinois Wesleyan, students can explore, with film and digitally, in two darkrooms and an updated photographic studio. Photography students learn more than simply the language of photography—from aperture to ziatype—they develop a perspective of what lies beyond the photo lens.

Printmaking: Working Beyond the Original

PrintmakingRealize how stone, water and oil become a means of communication and connection. Work with lithography and color intaglio. Perhaps the most unrestricted art form, printmaking can adapt the delicate look of a pencil or brush, or the sweeping color of ink. At Illinois Wesleyan, enjoy spacious studio classrooms with two etching presses and a lithography press with approximately 60 lithography stones.

Art History: Know Your Past to Explore Your Future

Create a foundation for all art knowledge with art history courses. Explore the methods used by artists and art historians to understand art and how it applies to our past and present. Examine the art history of your favorite areas—photography, architecture and more. Discover how artists have identified the challenges of creating art, and triumphed over them.