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Baylor's Art Classes: What's Happening
Penelope Kwun

Whether you’re a bumbling freshman, searching for a break from essay deadlines and parabolic equations, or a weathered senior scrambling to fill an art credit and boost your GPA, landing on an art class at Baylor seems random if not inconsequential, but painting proteges and dance debutantes are not the only beneficiaries of art classes at Baylor. At least, they don’t have to be.

With the 21 art classes offered, each led by a specialized teacher of that media, there should be purposeful deliberation to choose a class that resonates with your interests and sparks genuine creativity. The hard part is knowing what will light that spark. 

After talking to some students who are veterans of their respective classes, we share some insight into the niches of certain art classes at Baylor, and hopefully help students sift through the vast array. (Keep in mind, these are just some of the courses offered. The full list can be viewed on the Course Catalogue on myBaylor.)

Studio Art
This classic course remains a popular one for incoming freshmen who want an introductory lesson in drawing 3D shapes, using oil pastels, painting with watercolor, crafting linoleum blocks for prints, and more! Friendly for beginners and aspiring artists, Studio Art is perfect for spurring an interest in visual art.

Painting
In this course you will paint a series of pieces using the gouache medium. First starting with monochromatic paintings then moving on to color, each painting uses a guide to help the artist recreate the piece, in their own rendition. Take this class with a friend so you can chat over broken charcoal stubs or accidental mustard colored creations, or meet a new one, and bond over your brushwork.

Design: Form and Function 
Stepping into a woodshop might seem daunting at first glance, but even beginners find themselves breezily navigating the drill press, compound miter saw, and electric sander. If students are willing to put in work, follow directions, and step outside their comfort zone, they are well equipped for Design: Form and Function. Many finish this woodshop course with a newfound thumb for construction and an elementary education in wood carpentry. 

Pottery
Pottery is an unexpected favorite at Baylor. This unique course offers an understanding and an implementation of the methods to produce ceramics using clay on a pottery wheel. If students are looking for a hands-on class that demands creative artistry and bountiful handmade gifts, this course will satisfy. 

Theater 100: Improvisation and Acting for the Stage
In this course students learn the art of performance and improvisation using activities that not only strengthen public speaking abilities but often end in fits of laughter. No matter how you would rate your thespian prowess, this class acts as an outlet for imagination and comedy, as long as you are willing to participate and stay engaged. 

Photography
One way to truly appreciate Baylor’s campus is through the lens of a camera, and when given the freedom to walk around, searching for enthralling photographs in trees, buildings, roads, and student life, it’s easy to find beauty in something mundane. Photography gives students the opportunity to search for this beauty, strangeness, and captivation, and teaches them how to utilize a camera to its fullest capabilities. This course will also introduce editing techniques, photographic history, and staging.

Digital Design I
Teaching a wide range of skills on the computer, Digital Design challenges students to learn photoshopping, 3D printing, and editing while allowing each student’s creativity to surface in their projects. If you have a knack for design and want an appreciation of those who do it, Digital Design is the perfect place to learn some technical skills.

Concert Choir
From Alma Maters to folk songs, the Baylor Concert Choir practices and performs a variety of music brought to life by the guidance of our amazing choir director and the dedication of our choir students. This traditional course welcomes anyone wishing to display their vocal prowess or anyone fond of the art form. 

Concert Band/ Orchestra
For those qualified enough to own an instrument and play it, Concert Band or Orchestra encourages musical growth and gives students a platform for performing. Even if a student is new to an instrument, our musical teachers often allow one-on-one aid to students wanting to grow in their department. 

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