The School of Art has developed programs over the years which enrich the student experience beyond the curriculum presented in the classroom or studio. Once the students have mastered the foundational concepts of their individual programs, they are encouraged to participate to a greater degree in several special programs offered through the school.
Kent Blossom Art is an intensive workshop series offered each summer in May and June in several studio areas. Most often two visiting artists from each studio area participate by meeting with students, providing technical demonstrations and giving a lecture during their stay. The two-week individual sessions are overlapping, but not concurrent, which allows for some students to take more than one each summer. Drawing/Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics and Sculpture offer workshops each summer, while Textile Arts, Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, and Glass have bi-annual offerings.
The School of Art offers several travel study programs each year. Trips to New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., London/Paris, Florence, and China are offered either each semester, annually, or bi-annually. Each program is designed to enhance the student's learning experience by modeling professional practice, museum study, and other cultural experiences. Details on each program can be found on each individual program page.
Art Enrichment is a community outreach program offered by the Art Education division for area children to study art. Each semester a fresh group of children aged 4-13 come to campus after school to experience inventive, cutting-edge curriculum provided by our undergraduate students in Art Education. The capstone event for the program is a reception and corresponding show for all student works from the semester.
The Artist and Scholar Lecture Series provides several opportunities each semester for visiting artists and Kent State University faculty to share work and current scholarship with colleagues and students. These public lectures are often scheduled the first Friday of each month at noon, but occasionally we have lectures presented at different times to correspond with other events at the school.