Art Disciplines
Ceramics
Drawing & Painting
Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Printmaking
Sculpture

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Ceramics

A student a vase on a spinning wheel.

The ceramics curriculum offers courses in which students learn to use clay as a medium for artistic expression. Through the progression of courses, students develop the necessary fundamental, technical, and artistic skills that enable them to utilize multiple methods to create ceramic art.

The studio provides a creative learning environment where a diverse group of students are encouraged to explore their creativity through a wide range of traditional and contemporary practices including functional pottery, design, modeling, and ceramic sculpture. The firing processes we offer include high-fire reduction, earthenware, primitive, crystalline-glaze, lusters, decals, and Raku firings.

Our program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the vast multicultural ceramic art practices from experts in the field including faculty, visiting artists, museum docents, gallerists, and art collectors. Field trips to museums, art galleries, private art collections, and artists’ studios are part of the curriculum of every course.

The Ceramics studio is equipped with:
  • 30 Brent and Pacifica electric pottery wheels including two wheelchair adjustable  pottery wheels
  • 1 Brent Slab roller
  • 1 Geil DL40FS gas kiln equipped with an automatic damper system and  microprocessor based programmable temperature controller
  • 1 Geil DLB30 gas kiln equipped with microprocessor based programmable temperature controller
  • 1 Geil DLB18 gas kiln
  • 1 Geil DLB28 gas kiln
  • 1 EHW-12 Geil front-loading programmable electric kiln
  • 2 top-loading electric Cress kilns
  • 1 Soldner Professional clay mixer
  • 1 Aqua Flow glaze spray booth
  • 1 Peter Pugger pug mill
  • Pre-mixed high-fire, low-fire, and Raku glazes

Drawing & Painting

 

The Drawing and Painting program offers a wide range of courses in drawing, painting, design, illustration and printmaking. Beginning level courses focus on fundamental skills, materials, methods and techniques. Intermediate level courses provide students with the opportunity to address concepts, theories and strategies in contemporary art practice. All Drawing and Painting faculty are professional artists with extensive exhibition records. Students enrolling in Drawing and Painting classes can expect to develop their skills, earn an Associates Degree, and/or complete a portfolio for transfer to UC, CSU and private art schools.

Jewelry & Metalsmithing

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We’re quite proud of our Jewelry and Metalwork facilities which are some of the best in California.  There are 21 work areas well equipped with tools for student use in a space designed to foster a studio community.  Our in depth curriculum is part of an AA in Art with an emphasis in Jewelry and focuses on mastery of technique and materials exploration supported with separate areas for casting, etching and enameling, and forming and finishing.  Our students’ work has received attention from Art Jewelry magazine, 500 Necklaces, 500 Earrings, 500 Wedding Rings, won a Niche Award, a Women’s Jewelry Association scholarship, SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship and been exhibited in numerous local, regional and national shows.

We partner regularly with local and national organizations in jewelry, metals and crafts to create a network that supports our students goals after leaving the classroom. Our students have continued on to win a Windgate Fellowship, attend GIA, CSU Long Beach and CSU Fullerton, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Kendall College of Art and Design, California College of the Arts, San Diego State University, and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Many students start their own businesses after interning with local artists.

The studio is supported by professionals in the field, Adjunct Faculty Tammy Young Eun Kim, Christiana Updegraff and Rachel Shimpock. Our students begin here by learning the tremendous possibilities inside Jewelry and Metalwork and then develop a network for pursuing their various goals throughout their careers.

Printmaking

Printmaking introduces the scope of the graphic art as a means of personal expression. Beginning courses include: water-based serigraphy; blockout stencil, paper stencil and photo-emulsion stencils. Emphasis is on skill acquisition and refinement in the context of art and design. Advanced studies include: Collagraphy, Intaglio, Serigraphy and/or Woodcut. Students will develop and pursue individualized projects and gain competence in edition printing, darkroom techniques and mixed media.

Sculpture

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The Long Beach City College sculpture curriculum is one of sequential progression where students begin with a strong technical background covering the fundamentals of 3-D design and the formal elements of sculpture while investigating various materials and processes. In intermediate coursework, students develop an awareness of conceptual concerns through assigned and self-directed projects.

Our studio facility rivals that of many four-year institutions and includes a well-equipped shop and an outdoor sculpture yard for welding and foundry work. LBCC SCULPTURE students regularly transfer to: UCLA, Cal State Long Beach and Fullerton, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, Art Center College of Design, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Degree students have worked with us on graduate portfolios and have enrolled in MFA Sculpture programs at UC Irvine, Claremont Graduate University, SAIC, and Otis College of Art & Design.

The K113 Sculpture Studio environment: open, evolving, committed and engaged; supportive, yet challenging; inquisitive, studious, and extremely industrious. It’s about experimentation and action working in an atmosphere that’s directed and critical. In K113, we embrace mistakes and failures as part of the creative process while analyzing a variety of ideas that pertain to sculpture, its history and its status.

Career Opportunities

As well as working as a solo fine artist, there are a number of related careers and occupations where talented sculptors might find themselves. These include: art education, industrial design, studio fabrication, metalworker, woodworker, object conservator, studio shop assistant/technician, exhibition curation and design.