Art Department

Dept Chair: Mark Engel 
tel: 408-855-5280
Counseling: 408-855-5030

Division: Liberal Studies
Div Chair: Keith Johnson

Full-time Faculty:
Mark Engel
tel: 408-855-5280
Helayna Thickpenny
Art History/Humanities
tel: 408-855-5287
Lynne Todaro
tel: 408-855-5244

AA Degree/Certificate
Career Options
  • Art Librarian
  • Art Therapist
  • Graphic Design
  • Art Conservator
  • Arts Administration
  • Education/Teaching
  • Publishing/Journalism
  • Visual Resources Curator
  • Museum/Gallery Professional
  • Computer Art/Animation Specialist
  • Furniture Design

The Mission College Art Department offers a comprehensive curriculum of courses including:

  • Art Appreciation and Art History
  • Two and Three dimensional Design
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture and Metal Casting
  • Metalsmithing (Jewelry)
  • Ceramics
  • Digital art
  • Furniture Design (Woodworking)

These courses are designed to meet different experience levels from beginner to advanced. Art students have the opportunity to display their work in the Michael P. Vargas Art Gallery at the annual Mission College Art Students Exhibit. Students will have guest lectures and demonstrations, and trips to major museums. We invite all students to join our classes which offer a supportive learning environment that balances fundamentals of craftsmanship with creative freedom.

Vargas Gallery

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