Art

The Waubonsee art program offers courses in the fine arts, along with several transfer degree options and career certificates in photography and studio art. Whether you decide to specialize in art history, ceramics, drawing or painting, or photography, instructors will support you in reaching your goals in a friendly, yet professional atmosphere.

You'll also get a chance to display your work in exhibitions on campus and throughout the community. There are also opportunities to learn from and work with visiting artists.

Mission of the Art Department 
The fundamental objectives of the Art Department are to promote visual literacy and an understanding of the historical importance and the continued relevancy of the arts in an ever-changing world. Through educating our students, we spark their intellectual curiosity, nurture their aesthetic appreciation and encourage their creative endeavors. The curriculum provides them with technical skills, professional tools and global awareness to succeed in their personal artistic path. 

Art history and contemporary criticism provide students with an understanding of the human condition within shifting social, political and cultural environments. Through studio courses, students gain and strengthen their technical, analytical and artistic abilities. Lectures, workshops, field trips and exhibitions enhance student learning by exposing them to current professional practices. Upon completing their studies, Waubonsee students will be prepared to transfer to a baccalaureate institution, pursue a career in the arts, and/or contribute to the cultural quality of their community.   

Goals and Objectives of the Art Department  
Goal I: Provide a strong foundation of theory and technical skills that will allow students to create a body of individual innovative artwork
Objectives:

  • Understand the formal elements of art and/or design through art analysis and develop competency in their application through studio practice
  • Learn how to use materials, tools and processes, effectively and safely, from a variety of media (painting, sculpture, ceramic, photography), to create original works of art
  • Select appropriate media to convey specific artistic expression that effectively communicates the artist intent 
  • Develop creative problem-solving strategies as a means to create strong artwork
  • Demonstrate critical skills through specific class projects
  • Present, discuss, and support artwork through individual and group critiques 

Goal II: Cultivate Visual Literacy
Objectives:

  • Produce creative artworks that demonstrate innovations in concepts, form and material
  • Analyze and critique artwork, both orally and written, based on the formal elements, principles of design, conceptual considerations, and social and cultural influences 
  • Understand and discuss both the cultural and social impacts that shaped artists, artwork, and movements throughout history
  • Recognize artistic and stylistic developments from one historical movement to the next and be able to discuss patterns and relationships between them 

Goal III: Analyze and Integrate Global Art Resources and Trends
Objectives:

  • Through exhibitions on campus, workshops and presentations given by visiting artists, students reflect on current artwork by students, faculty and contemporary artists through portfolios, papers, presentations, and the development of artwork
  • Research methods and critical writing skills are developed and strengthened through the study of original works of art viewed at museums, galleries, architectural tours, and artist studios
  • Understand relevant debates and trends in contemporary art through lectures given by curators, critics, and art historians

Contact

Dean for Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts:
Cynthia Sparr
(630) 466-7900 ext. 2925
csparr@waubonsee.edu

Art Coordinator:
Cecilia Vargas, Von Ohlen Hall 209
(630) 466-7900 ext. 2964
cvargas@waubonsee.edu

Art Lab Assistant:
Esther Espino, Von Ohlen Hall 240
(630) 466-7900 ext. 5742
eespino@waubonsee.edu

Ceramics Lab Coordinator:
Dan Merkel, Ceramics Building
(630) 466-7900 ext. 6609
dmerkel@waubonsee.edu

Photography Lab Coordinator:
Sarah Baranski, Von Ohlen Hall 209
(630) 466-7900 ext. 2287
sbaranski@waubonsee.edu