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 Viriginia 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.

Visual Arts Events Spring 2016

February 25
Illustrated Lecture: Dr. Charles Pearson
Uncovered Archaeology of Hampden-Sydney
4:30 PM in Atkinson Museum

February 28
Illustrated Lecture: Kristie Couser
Impressionable Youth, Central Virginia Arts (CVA) 
3 PM in Atkinson Museum

March 15
Illustrated Lecture: Michael Mergen, Photographer
Visualizing the Civic, Political, and Historic 
6 PM in Crawley Forum

March 23
Illustrated Lecture: Pastel Portraits of Ellen Eagle
7 PM in Parents & Friends Lounge

April 10
Illustrated Lecture: Elizabeth Cruikshanks
The Grand Tour, CVA
3 PM in Atkinson Museum

April 28-May 2
Student Fine Arts Exhibition 
10 AM- 5 PM weekdays in Atkinson Museum

Past Events Archive