Here at the LSC-Montgomery Art Department, we want to help prepare you for your career in the visual arts. Every faculty member takes a little extra time and energy to get to know you and help you tailor your learning experience. We work hard to make sure you have opportunities to develop the skill and knowledge you need to transfer to the institution of your choice or to go directly into the workforce.
Cultivating Successful Artists
Every Fall, we hold an Art Majors' Orientation where we talk about art careers, classes, and transfer. We offer several unique approaches to our studio classes.
Our Ceramics I and II sections are taught separately so that each level of the class gets individual attention. Beyond a normal Ceramics II curriculum, students learn the basics of kiln-formed glass.
In Photography, we focus on traditional, old-school, wet-lab analog photos because there is nothing like working in the darkroom, especially when it's equipped for a whole class to work simultaneously.
We offer Painting (I and II) and Color Theory (Design III) alternating each semester. These courses, designed to complement each other, further the knowledge you gain in Drawing and 2-D Design and open up new realms in your work.
Drawing & Design
In Drawing I, II, Life Drawing, and 2-D Design, you lay the groundwork you need to go into visual arts disciplines such as animation, graphic design, painting, illustration, and more. Drawing I and 2-D Design are offered both in person and online. With new communication technologies such as VoiceThread, the feedback loop in online learning gets more visual, intuitive, easier, and faster, allowing you to learn effectively in your environment and on your schedule. Drawing II and Life Drawing are face-to-face or hybrid classes, offered on alternate semesters.
More Than a Classroom
The Art Lab is a dedicated space to house all of our printing presses, our screen printing setup, computers, photo-documentation equipment, and so on. Don't be surprised if your art appreciation class takes a mini field trip to The Art Lab to run block prints or if your Ceramics class goes upstairs to take pro-quality photos of your work.
Every Spring and Fall semester, we travel by 50-seater tour bus to the MFAH or to the Menil Collection to get inspired, complete assignments, and to see the art we've been talking about in class.
Each semester, we host a series of visiting artist lectures and workshops that will allow you to hear new voices, see new work, and learn about the possibilities available in an art career.
The Mary Matteson-Parish Art Gallery rotates in new shows every month, and each new artist gives either an opening or closing lecture followed by a Q and A session.
At the end of every semester, the Gallery hosts a juried student exhibition and contest, with the top 3 students receiving scholarships.
We have 2 extremely active and ambitious student groups: The Art Club and The Clay Club. Both organizations meet regularly, do community-building projects, show their work off campus, make friends, and host workshops and lectures from visiting artists.