Visual Arts Opportunities

We live in an increasingly visual culture. The Visual Arts division of UVA Wise seeks to teach our students how to more effectively utilize this visual language. This knowledge is needed both by those that wish to work in the visual arts as a profession, as well as those who simply wish to be more aware of how visual communication functions and become more literate in the visual language that surrounds us.

Drawing and Painting

Drawing is at the foundation of all the visual arts, encompassing both technical and observational skills. Students develop these skills both for their own merits and how they can be applied to other media.

Painting has a long and rich history and students are encourage to explore the potentials of the various examples, techniques and media that are available to them.

Printmaking and Paper Arts

Printmaking- Offering instruction in Itaglio, Relief and Screenprinting

Papermaking - Working with various pulps, inclusions and pulp paintings

Book Arts - The creation of Artist's Books, the handmade book as an Artform

Paper Arts - This course allows students to combine the techniques learned in Printmaking, Papermaking and Book Arts.

Digital Imaging & Graphic Design

Our digital lab is half apple and half windows machines, allowing students the flexibility to work on either platform. We also maintain an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, so that or software is always up to date.


We offer programs in both digital and traditional film photography. Our digital lab offers the latest in digital imaging software and we have one of the largest and best equipped darkrooms in the region.


Offering courses in wheel throwing, hand building and sculptural ceramics.


Working with the Theater Division we offer courses dealing with the specific considerations of the sculptural form. Students explore various media both traditional and non-traditional, such as wood, metal, foam, plaster, concrete, cardboard and plastic. Working with the theater scene shop and under supervision, students have access to a full wood working shop as well as welding facilities.

Design Studio

This is a general purpose studio for Basic Design, Watercolor and other courses.


The Seminar Classes are reserved for the Art Majors and are designed to allow students to further develop the skills of their chosen media as well as beginning to conceptualize the content of their work. Part of the focus of these courses is to begin the process of evolution from a student mindset to that of a working artist.

Steam & Maker Education

In combination with other departments we offer students the opportunity to work with technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines and working with electronics and programmable chips

Ray Stratton

Ray E.

Associate Professor in Art