Harris Center for the Arts

Harris Center
for the Arts

Three Stages

  • Register Now for Spring

    Register Now for Spring

    Still time to enroll! Classes start the week of Jan. 19
  • Final Exams

    Final Exams

    Click here for the Fall 2018 final exam schedule
  • Arts Events

    Arts Events

    Students shine at the Harris Center this December
  • Faculty Art Show

    Faculty Art Show

    Showing at the Harris Center now through Jan. 13; artists' reception Dec. 14
  • Looking for open classes?

    Looking for open classes?

    Spring classes are available! Semester starts week of Jan. 19. Click on the photo for info.
  • Student Workshops

    Student Workshops

    Folsom Lake College offers a variety of free workshops to help students succeed
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Visual Arts Department

The mission of the Visual Arts Department at Folsom Lake College is to prepare students for transfer and careers in the arts by:

  • promoting excellence in the arts by providing a comprehensive education in art history and studio art. 
  • giving every student a solid foundation of concepts and skills that will lead to a continued exploration of the historic, aesthetic, and fine and applied aspects of the visual arts.
  • providing students with a thorough understanding of artistic heritage.
  • cultivating students' imagination and inspiring their creativity.
  • fostering critical and analytical thinking.
  • instructing students in current methodologies and techniques.

Folsom Lake College's art curriculum offer introductory and intermediate level courses in painting, drawing, sculpture and design, as well as courses in art appreciation, and art history. Through the program's art theory and art practice classes, students develop an awareness and understanding of the materials, tools, safety concerns, and the impact of art on society. Critical thinking and visual understanding encourage students to demonstrate independent thought and problem solving. The art program provides transfer and employment opportunities for students, as well as personal enrichment. The art faculty is composed of professional artists with diverse specializations encompassing the spectrum of the classes offered.

AA - Studio Art
AA - Art History ADT - Studio Art (Transfer Degree)
ADT - Art History (Transfer Degree)
Clay Arts Certificate of Achievement Program  


  • Art faculty who have exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally
  • Opportunities to explore artistic pursuits in two- and three-dimensional media using a wide variety of materials and techniques
  • Regularly scheduled trips to major museums
  • Guest lectures and demonstrations

The Visual Arts Department of Folsom Lake College provides stimulating educational experiences in a range of artistic disciplines including basic design, drawing, painting, print­making, ceramics, sculpture, and art history. Students can specialize in an area of interest by choosing a series of appropriately related courses. Classes are taught by practicing professional artists, who are also dedicated, experienced instructors offering personalized instruction in a supportive atmosphere for students of all levels of experience. Our rigorous art program prepares successful students to achieve their educational goals, which may include: transfer to any four-year college, university, or art school; pursuit of a career in the arts; and/or development of skills for satisfying personal enrichment and life-long creative practice.

Seeking to engage our students and the campus and wider community in educational opportunities beyond the classroom, the Visual Arts Department sponsors exhibits of contemporary art, lectures, and workshops in the Bank of America Art Gallery at the Harris Center, as well as organizes field trips and art-related events for students.   

Annual Events:

  • Annual Student Art Show in the Spring in the Bank of America Art Gallery 
  • Annual Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition in the Fall semester in the Bank of America Art Gallery  
  • The California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts (CCACA), a state-wide exhibition of the clay and ceramic arts students at Davis, CA. This exhibition offers art students a unique opportunity to exhibit their work among the top ceramic art departments in the state.