Visual Arts

  • Nestled in the foothills of old growth forests with views of Mount Hood, the department of Visual Arts provides a broad foundation of study in multiple art disciplines: ceramics, drawing, jewelry, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Classes are student-centered with professional artists as teachers. Our studio complex is located on a beautifully wooded area of campus – the perfect artist’s retreat.

    Visual Arts Gallery Schedule

  • Contact a Visual Arts Faculty Adviser:

    Joe Davis/Ceramics:
    503-491-7148 - Office VA30D
    Joe.Davis@mhcc.edu

    Mary Girsch/Design, Painting:
    503-491-7416 - Office VA30A
    Mary. Girsch@mhcc.edu

    Nathan Orosco/Sculpture:
    503-491-6968 - Office VA30E
    Nathan.Orosco@mhcc.edu

    Georganne Watters/Printmaking:
    503-491-6947 - Office VA30B<
    Georganne.Watters@mhcc.edu

  • Visual Arts Program

    Visual Arts Program

    Our vibrant curriculum is designed to give students the tools and confidence to experiment and push beyond obvious solutions.
    About Our Classes

    About Our Classes

    Through studio-based art curriculum, art history, 2-D and 3-D design classes, students learn new ways of seeing, thinking, and expressing themselves.
    Getting Started - Visual Arts

    Getting Started

    We welcome students of all experience levels. Note that Visual Arts classes can be applied to fulfill the Humanities and Computer Literacy requirement. To register follow this simple 3-step process.
    Our Facility

    Our Facility

    Our studio complex, nestled in the wooded area on the east side of campus, provides students with an exceptional and serene learning environment. The ceramics facility is touted by professional potters nation-wide as first-class.
    Planning to Transfer

    Planning to Transfer

    Graduates of the Visual Arts programs can continue their studies at public and private four-year colleges and universities throughout the country. Your faculty program adviser can sit down and talk to you about choosing a school that matches your needs, goals and budget.
    Ceramics

    Ceramics

    Ceramics classes allow student to investigate the exciting and extraordinary uses of clay as a medium. Learn diverse techniques from hand-building to wheel-throwing, surface decoration and firing methods. 
    Design & Drawing

    Design & Drawing

    Develop and expand your creative skills and art vocabulary through hand son work. Explore traditional, abstract and multi-media approaches to drawing and the design.
    Sculpture

    Sculpture

    MHCC is uniquely positioned as the only school in the northwest with a metal foundry. Students explore a variety of mold making and metal casting techniques in a dynamic learning environment.
    Painting

    Painting

    Students explore traditional painting medias (oils and/or acrylics), tools and techniques while learning to express personal and contemporary ideas in a visual language. 
    Printmaking

    Printmaking

    Students explore traditional mediums including intaglio, lithography and silkscreen as well as alternative digital processes. Gain the conceptual and practical skills necessary to make everything from large-scale prints to original t-shirt designs. 
    Jewelry

    Jewelry

    Create functional, wearable and sculptural jewelry by learning the craft of metalsmithing. Students explore a range of casting, enameling and forming techniques.