From sketching to etching, the drawing/printmaking concentration (art major) covers a spectrum of techniques. You'll study observational and life drawing, abstraction and illustration. With broad experience in engraving, dry point, woodcut, monotypes and linoleum printing, you’ll have an opportunity to learn disegno, liturgical art and art history in an ancient Italian hill town through our Gordon IN Orvieto program. In the process, you’ll build your portfolio and prepare for your final thesis exhibit in Gordon’s professional gallery.
Gordon prepares artists not only to make valuable contributions, but to help restore a Christian aesthetic and moral vision in today’s culture. Intensive studio practice, professional exhibition work, internships, and liberal arts exposure will prepare you to thrive as an artist and a Christian. Because we value learning by doing, our faculty are all professional artists who teach the media they practice. Plus, Gordon’s location on Boston’s picturesque North Shore offers you exposure to nearby galleries, art colonies and museums (including free access to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston).
Art students are creative problem solvers who can think broadly and adapt well—valuable skills for any vocation. You will be prepared for graduate programs, professional programs and diverse careers that apply both your practical and artistic skills, including:
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Outside of your drawing/printmaking concentration requirements, you may choose to pursue an internship at a local gallery, museum or studio. In the past, students have gained professional experience at places like Cape Ann Art Haven or the Studio of Makoto Fujimura in Dillon Gallery. Our monthly Professional Artist Workshop Series gives you a chance to interact with art-industry professionals on subjects like portfolio creation, marketing, business planning and networking.
Gordon’s signature program in the ancient Umbrian countryside draws students from a range of majors and other colleges:
We embrace the liberal arts vision—studying the humanities and sciences and theology alongside art to broaden your vision. To that end, you are encouraged to draw inspiration from a second major or minor. Common pairs for the drawing/printmaking concentration include psychology, sociology, public history and museum studies, and business administration.