Visual Arts and Art History

Fine Arts Sculpture ExhibitCOCC's Visual Arts program includes courses in art history, painting, ceramics, jewelry and metalwork, drawing, photography and more. COCC's main art facility, Pence Hall, houses art studios fully equipped with drawing tables, easels, potter's wheels and metalwork equipment all exclusively for student use. Students and faculty members develop extraordinary art exhibits each year.  In addition to displaying their own work, they bring artistic works from across the nation to the Gallery at the Pinckney Center.

Our Art History program includes the popular introductory survey courses, which take students on a whirlwind tour of the world's masterpieces from ancient times to the present, as well as an occasional special topic like Native American art history.

Visual Arts Faculty

Natasha Bacca (Photography and Design)
Moe Carolin (Raku and Ceramics)
Pat Clark (Printmaking)
William Cravis (Sculpture, 3D Design)
Jim Dailing (Metals)
Terri Gloeckler (Drawing)
Karen Ellis (Drawing, Design)
Dawn Emerson (Drawing)
Cheri Lee Helfenstein (Watercolor)
Bill Hoppe (Painting, Drawing, Watercolor, 2D Design)
James Hutchens (Photography and Web Design)
John Kinder (Ceramics)
Peter Meyer (Ceramics and Sculpture)
Margaret Rattle (Ceramics)

Visual Arts Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to use elements of design and composition, materials, technologies, process and organizational principles of  various media.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the value of aesthetic engagement and the role that visual arts play in society.
  3. Students will analyze and interpret, orally and/or in writing their own and other students' works of art created for class assignments.
  4. Students will exhibit technical skill and visual communication particular to their chosen medium.
  5. Students will engage in creative problem solving in their own work.

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