Learn art, do art, live art
The very best way to learn about art, art history and architecture is by actually doing art or experiencing art history outside of a classroom environment. As a student in the art and art history department, you have countless opportunities to make connections between the classroom and the real world.
Frequently art and art history students partner with the West Michigan community in various art projects both in and out of the classroom.
- Art education students assist and teach in classrooms and at various art workshops around the community.
- Other students find opportunities to use their drawing, painting and other skills for organizations and individuals interested in art.
Get supervised practical experience in a career field that you are interested in. You may also receive course credit for your work and, in some cases, find your way into a great job. Internship placements in the past have included positions in museums, architectural firms and artists' studios.
If you would like to find an art, art history or architecture-related internship, consult your academic advisor. Start looking for available internships at the Career Center.
Work in the art department
Each semester the art and art history department employs 20 to 30 students in various positions. Paid work includes gallery, studio, photo lab and woodshop assistants.
Contact department assistant Betty Sanderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for job postings.
Join a student organization
- Chimes is the official student newspaper of Calvin College. Its mission is to serve the community of Calvin College in a variety of ways: to reform, review, challenge and foster dialogue within the community.
- Dialogue publishes student work from six categories: prose, poetry, photography, visual art, music, and film. A student jury evaluates all submissions and selects the finest pieces for publication.
Student Video Productions
- Student Video Productions seeks to facilitate learning and creativity in the area of the video arts. Through campus led projects, members gain video production experience with on-campus clients and participate in campus events such as film festivals and campus wide productions.
Visual Arts Guild
- The Visual Arts Guild is focused on the production and dialogue of historical and contemporary art and ideas. The membership has no restrictions, though it consists of mostly those interested in some form of the visual arts. The leaders of the organization seek to nurture and help members with regards to the group’s goals in the context of a community; likewise the group as a whole seeks to nurture and help the surrounding Calvin and extended community in the same way. Emphasis is placed on raising awareness of contemporary art within Calvin’s visual arts community, and simultaneously involving Calvin’s community with the greater whole of the artistic community of Grand Rapids and beyond.