Fontbonne University’s department of fine arts has forged a tradition of teaching figurative art with an emphasis on anatomical study. It continues to be known as the place to study the figure regionally and has become a destination facility for national and international students impressed by the rigor of the program in a time when figurative programs are limited in number. The new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Figurative Studies will offer the same exceptional fine arts education Fontbonne is known for while providing artists with the unique opportunity to focus their studies specifically on the figure.
Figurative Studies Program Highlights
- Structured curriculum leads students to an understanding of anatomy, color, composition and other fundamental principals, all within the disciplines of drawing, painting and sculpture.
- Figurative studies forge strong, formal skills. Because the figure is the most challenging form to recreate, learning its nuances shapes stronger artists.
- Develop a sophisticated knowledge of anatomy, as well as an awareness of and appreciation for the conceptual role that the figure takes within contemporary art, as well as the figure’s role throughout art history.
- Small class and program sizes promote a familial, supportive atmosphere among students and instructors. Learn from your teachers as well as your peers.
- Professors and instructors bring a wealth of talent and experience as professional artists to the classroom. Instructors are often Fontbonne graduates and have undergone the rigorous training our programs offer.
- Nationally and internationally known artists visit Fontbonne to give guest lectures and/or exhibit their work in the Fontbonne Fine Arts Gallery.
- A connection with Logan University, a chiropractic school, allows Fontbonne students to learn and explore the figure through anatomical observation.
- Continue your studies in one of Fontbonne’s graduate programs in fine arts — or leave prepared to thrive in your choice of graduate schools.
Fontbonne University Gallery of Art’s mission is to encourage and support the artist and the education of the visual arts in the community through its exhibitions and programs. Learn more.
Discover what our students, faculty and alumni are creating. Learn more.
Fontbonne University annually hosts a summer workshop and Saturday workshop for high school art students. This will be an intense, college level drawing and painting experience for highly motivated juniors and seniors. Learn more.
- ART 207 High Art, Propaganda and Kitsch
- ART 308 Drawing Life-Size
- ART 307 Drawing Anatomy
- ART 320 Sculpture Figurative
- ART 313 Painting Life-Size
- ART 421 Sculpture: Ecorche
Figurative Studies Career Opportunities
Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 | email@example.com