The Foundations Program brings together all students wanting to major or minor in art, graphic design, art education, and art history to form a vital community that we call Studio Angelico. It provides aspiring artists and art historians with the fundamental language of design as well as an introduction to both traditional and contemporary art materials, media and practices.
One of the distinctive features of Siena’s Foundations Program is the rigorous year-long Core Concepts course that is team-taught by a studio professor and an art history professor. Together they help students make connections between the material practices of studio artists and the vocabulary and critical thinking skills of art historians. In the first semester of this course, students become fluent in the elements and principles of design as they relate to two-dimensional media, including photography, painting, drawing and printmaking. In the second semester, students develop a sense of historical perspective as they learn to compare and contrast key examples from the history of architecture. Architectural images and ideas are then incorporated into two-dimensional designs assignments.
The other three Foundations courses allow students of all levels to explore the fundamentals of drawing, computer-based art, and sculptural media.
In this way, we make sure that all of our incoming art, art education, and art history students are welcomed into our community and are provided with a bedrock of ideas, media, and practices on which they can build as they move into their more specialized, upper-level courses.