Visual Arts

Studio Art

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.

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 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. 

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.

Visit the Esther Atkinson Museum

Degree Offerings
Visual Arts major or minor

Events Spring 2017


March 23
Take a Seat: Decorative Arts through the Chair
Student curated
Show continues through May 14 
10 AM - 5 PM weekdays in Atkinson Museum 

Events Fall 2016

September 14, 4 pm
Michael K. Lease, Photographer
Lecture and reception: "For the Lack of Words"
Atkinson Museum, Exhibit runs August 15 - September 23

September 29
Alchemic Constructions: The Only Slightly Eccentric Art of Richard McClintock
Atkinson Museum, Exhibit runs September 29-December 16

October 6, 6:30 pm
Toby Usnik '85 Lecture: "The Arts and the Purpose Driven Life,"
Sponsored by the Department of Career Educationand Vocational Reflection
Crawley Forum

Past Events Archive