Studio Arts


The Studio Arts program offers an Associates of Fine Arts degree (AFA) which enables students to transfer credits to a four-year university.


Besides participating in the AFA Graduate Exhibition in the Adminstration Building (1000) Art Gallery, students can network and keep up with the latest news and events on the AFA Facebook page.


Students receive a foundation in the following areas, and can focus their studies in the following 2-D and 3-D concentrations:

  • Painting

    The painting series allows students to experience acrylic, watercolor, and oil media, with an emphasis on developing drawing skills and practical application of design principals. All painting courses incorporate an intensive examination and use of color theory and pigments and students can take this understanding into all other fields of visual art and design. While the beginning course emphasizes the development of basic painting skills and perspectives, students who advance in the series build upon these skills and focus on individual creativity in their work.


    These courses also provide the aspiring fine art painter with a departure point for developing a body of work in the painting media and to move into the fine art market or to further their skills in a college or university BFA program. Painting courses can be taken to satisfy the 2D concentration of the Associate of Fine Arts degree.

  • Drawing

    Drawing is the most basic skill needed to succeed in all the visual art disciplines. Whether you go into fine art, graphic design, or web design, there is no tool or technique that can replace the knowledge and ability to see and interpret the visual world than is acquired by learning to draw well. In the drawing series you will begin to explore a variety of approaches to the two dimensional surface and become familiar with the language and concepts of drawing and the tools of the trade: charcoal, pencil, ink line and ink wash.


    Contour, gesture, value studies, perspective, proportion, and composition are addressed through interpretations of the still life, landscapes, interiors, and the figure. Students completing the series can feel confident in increased visual skills as they proceed to the fine or applied arts. The drawing course series can also be counted part of the foundation requirements of the Associate of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art which is an excellent preparation for transfer to a BFA program in art at a four year college.

  • Ceramics

    Clay, glaze and fire are the mediums of ceramics, one of the world's oldest art forms, which continues to have a vital and expressive place in contemporary art. Students in the beginning ceramics course develop basic skills in handbuilding, throwing forms on the wheel, glazing and are introduced to different firing strategies, including raku and high-fire reduction. The integration of basic skills with principles of design and creative processes is emphasized in all courses.


    Students who advance in the series build upon these skills, are introduced to glaze mixing and firing procedures, and focus on developing individual creativity in their work. Students who complete the series will have the skills and understanding to pursue their own artistic development. Ceramics courses may also be taken to fulfill the 3D concentration of the Associate of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art and may be part of a pathway to a BFA degree at a four year college.

  • Sculpture

    Sculpture classes at Shoreline introduce students to three-dimensional sculpture: what is it, how do we make it and what do we have to say about it? Through lectures, demonstrations, exercises, projects and critiques, students develop a vocabulary of various materials, tools, techniques and visual concepts. Students explore the process of transitioning from an idea, to a two-dimensional sketch, to a three-dimensional object. With a variety of classes offered at different levels in different media (like wood, glass or plaster) students learn a variety of technique (hand building, construction, carving and mold making) they build on from class to class.


    As the student advances, they further develop necessary skills and techniques to help execute their concepts. Three-dimensional design and sculpture courses can be taken as foundation and concentration curriculum in the Associate of Fine Arts degee in Studio Art and may be part of a pathway to a BFA degree at a four year college.

  • Printmaking

    Printmaking encompasses an immense range of cultural expression, historical application, evolving technologies and current application. The printmaking courses at Shoreline offer a survey of the major printmaking techniques including etching, woodcut, silkscreen, and monotype. The focus is on idea development, improving design and drawing skills, and understanding the techniques and materials utilized in fine art printmaking.


    Students completing these courses have the basic skills and understandings to continue their artistic development so that they can begin move their work into the fine art market. Printmaking courses also count in the 2D concentration of the Associate of Fine Arts degree and can be part of a pathway to a BFA at a four year art college.