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Painting/drawing students can enjoy classes conducted in spacious studios complete with high ceilings and large windows that provide plenty of natural light.

A variety of media and approaches are taught to help students achieve the control and understanding necessary to produce quality work. Individual and group critiques are used as teaching aids to help students improve their grasp of concepts and techniques.



Drawing Courses

AD2D 331 The Figure

Study of the human figure through the use of predominantly nude models. The dynamic and complex structure of the human figure is explored in a variety of 2D media and exercises designed to nurture a fluent understanding of the active and passive nature of the human body, and offer the potential for expressive use of the figurative motif.

Prereq: AD 122 and AD 126

AD 330 Color

This course addresses perceptual, theoretical, verbal, physiological, and psychological approaches to color. Students complete a number of assigned problems intended to promote hands-on color learning and develop skills and vocabulary useful, in the analysis, interpretation, and manipulation of color relationships. Emphasis is placed on two-dimensional work involving “material color” or “subtractive color.” This is a studio-based workshop supplemented with presentations, reading material, discussions, and demonstrations.

Prereq: AD 126

AD2D 320 2D Methods and Materials

This course investigates how the materials and methods used to construct two-dimensional artworks can generate, embody, and communicate ideas. Students will experiment with a variety of techniques, materials, and supports beyond those used in beginning studio courses and become acquainted with a range of artists for whom process and materials are primary concerns. This course is a studio-based workshop supplemented with lectures, discussions, reading material, and demonstrations.

Prereq: AD 300W, (successful completion of the Foundations Portfolio Review), and (two of the following: AD2D 301, AD2D 302, AD2D 303, AD2D 304)

AD2D 301 Drawing

Further studies in drawing with an emphasis on history, theory, and contemporary practice. Drawing techniques from previous courses will be integrated in expanded studies that focus on a variety of concepts and approaches in order to establish a broad-based understanding of the relationship between form and content.

Prereq: ARTS 205, ARTS 290, passed foundations review, and departmental permission

AD 402 Advanced Porfolio II

An advanced course that continues goals and accomplishments from Advanced Portfolio I. Students will further develop a body of work using contemporary art methods through self-directed projects. Intended for students from Photography/New Media, 2D, and 3D concentrations.

Prereq: AD 401

AD 401 Advanced Porfolio I

An advanced course that focuses on students’ personal development of a body of work using contemporary art methods. Emphasizes the individual student’s development of a personal line of creative inquiry, which is supported by a sound conceptual foundation and is executed through appropriate technical means. Intended for students from Photography/New Media, 2D, and 3D concentrations.

Prereq: AD2D 320, AD2D 321, AD3D 320, or ADPM 320