Visual Arts

Studio Art

Student Art shows

Taught with an eye to developing an appreciation for the fine arts as well as to developing individual skills, studio courses include beginning and intermediate drawing, color and 2D design, portraiture, direct and indirect painting, and beginning and intermediate photography. Advanced students may set up special courses. Student publications, especially the yearbook, newspaper, and literary magazine, welcome creative energy. In addition, the College's Publications Office, which produces the alumni magazine, admissions recruiting materials, and publicity for campus events, actively encourages student talent and provides informal instruction in production and design, with particular emphasis on advertising. On-campus exhibitions feature both student and professional work.

Photos: Posters of Student Art Shows held on campus each spring.

Art History

Classes in art history buttress the Fine Arts, as well as Classics, Religon, and History programs.  You may enroll in survey courses that cover prehistoric Europe to the present.  These are followed by courses in ancient, medieval, and 19th and 20th century art and architecture. The upper-level, special topics course, American Domestic Architecture, uses the College campus, which is a National Historic Preservation Zone, as a laboratory so that you are encouraged to apply to the world around you what you learn from course research and classroom discussion. Each semester all art history classes go to the Viriginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. 

American Domestic Architecture class visits Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.The Architectural Society of Hampden-Sydney College is for students and community members who are interested in architecture, architectural history, land use, and building trades. For more about preparing to study architecture after H-SC, see Tiger Track for Architecture.

Visual Arts Events 2014-15

November 13
Juried student painting/photography show        
4-5:30 p.m. in Winston Hall

November 14    
"FA Alum: What is Architecture School Like?"     
4:30-5:30 p.m. in Atkinson Hall  

December 2                
"Commedia dell'arte" Matthew Wilson                     
Workshop at 4 p.m.; Performance at  8 p.m. in Winston Hall

February 17
Exhibition - Opening Reception                
4-5:30 p.m. in Atkinson Museum        

February 17- March 20
Jonathan Metzger, "Mise en Scene"
Art Exhibition featuring work by Allison Wegren-Metzger            
Atkinson Museum 

March 17
Alex Grabiec, "Recent Photographic Work - An Artist's Talk "
5:30-6:30 p.m. in Winston Hall

April 30
Opening Reception - Student Art Exhibition                 
4- 5:30 p.m. in Atkinson Museum

April 30 - May 10
Student Art Exhibition                              
Atkinson Museum 

Past Events Archive