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Fine Arts Programs at St. John’s College

By Julia Cooper

The Fine Arts Program at St. John’s College Annapolis is being revamped!! The Assistant Dean’s Office has taken over the former Art Program and has taken off with new Studio Classes in our newly updated Studio–including Drawing classes, Sculpture classes, Painting classes and Pottery Classes.  Each class will have shorter sessions and be more inclusive to Johnnies than ever before with less commitment. Students may join and leave the classes whenever they wish. There will be Art Field trips led by Tutors as well as Art Conversations with the aim of Art History discussions on works of art once a month. There will also be open studio hours led by Art Assistants Rachael Langston and Julia Cooper in the Studio weekly. At the studio there will be materials available to check out for periods of time as well as instruction, atmosphere, and inspiration for the taking!

One thing we love about St. John’s and the program is how, in one way or another, everything eventually connects together. All classes work and weave in together as well as how we think and how we learn. The new art program at St. John’s is built in a very similar way to other aspects of the program as well. The lab classes tie in quite closely to art. Art is one of the liberal arts and the new art program gives us a closer look at studies of art history. How we look and use our brains when creating art is very similar to what we do in freshman lab–questioning everything we see as if we do not know what it is. With a closer study of something using a different frame of mind can develop your understanding of something in a way you never had before. Artists study the bones of animals and people and the anatomy of the world in order to understand movement and the nature of things. Art, however, is usually nonmoving and two dimensional. Why then, do we still study the bones of a thing? Why should we understand the movement and the suggestion of movement in the muscular system if we are drawing still objects? This might be because these creatures inherently move, and in order to capture the appropriate spirit of humans or animals, we have to understand how they move. How, if we were to see the next frame, the hand would fall back to one’s side. Understanding anatomy helps us understand the beingness; the spirit or the soul. These concepts are strong components of the freshman year and of the 4 year program at St. John’s as a whole, and therefore the new art program is a perfect addition.

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Saturday classes, 10:00-12:00

Drawing—in Art Studio

First session: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/14

Second session: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2


Saturday Drawing Classes 10:00-12:00

Tuesday night Pottery and Sculpture classes 19:00-12:00

Wednesday night Painting classes 19:00-21:00


Tuesday night classes, 19:00-21:00

Pottery—in the Pottery Studio, Mellon 28


Sculpture—in the Art Studio

First session: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10

Second session: 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28

Wednesday night classes, 19:00-21:00

Painting—in the Art Studio

First session: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11

Second session: 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29

Tentative Calendar of Art conversations, workshops, & trips (mostly Sundays)

9/1: All College Magnolia Draw & Art Conversations

9/8: Studio Grand Opening

9/17: Art Conversation

9/24: Sarah Benson, TBA, possibly Leonardo da Vinci

10/1: Workshop

10/15: Art Conversation

10/22: Robert Abbott, National Gallery of Art, DC, special exhibit Early Netherlandish Drawings

10/29: Workshop

11/5: Art Conversation

11/12: Brendan Boyle, Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, ancient Greece permanent collection

11/19: Workshop

12/3: Art Conversation

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