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The painting area embraces a variety of approaches to form and technique, including perceptual, non-objective and experimental approaches to painting. A concentration in painting requires students to take four courses in the area. The curriculum includes a beginning course dealing with fundamental aspects of painting and emphasizes observational work. Three advanced classes follow. The advanced courses encourage individual development and a conceptual foundation while continuing to build on skills, techniques and explorations from previous courses . The area regularly offers two special topics classes, Figure Painting and Surface, Process and Concept, both of which can be substituted for the Advanced Painting levels. 

Painting FACULTY


Painting Facilities

The Painting Area is located on the third floor of the historic Sherzer building on central campus. It is comprised of two large painting studios with high ceilings and an abundance of natural light. The studios are equipped with easels, tabourets and tables for painting. Adjoining the studios is a small woodshop for backing and frame preparation. In addition, there are two additional spaces for storing paintings and supplies.

Painting Courses

ARTS 201 Painting I

An introductory course stressing the basics of oil and/or acrylic painting, with major emphasis on an observational approach to subject matter. Students are provided opportunities to experiment with a variety of techniques and materials, and they are introduced to conceptual and formal aspects of painting as they pertain to their work and the works of various artists throughout history. (Formerly ART 313)

Prereq: ARTS 126, and department permission

ARTS 401 Advanced Painting I

Emphasizes the individual student’s development of a personal direction in his/her work, which is supported by a sound conceptual foundation and is executed through appropriate technical means. There is a greater expectation of intellectual growth and focused skill development at this level. (Formerly ART 413)

Prereq: ARTS 301, ARTS 302, and department permission

ARTS 302 Figurative Painting

This course investigates the human form through painting, primarily using nude models for subject matter. Students will investigate a variety of formal and technical approaches to painting the figure. Students will also be introduced to contemporary and historic artists and issues specifically related to figurative works. (Formerly ART 480)

Prereq: ARTS 201, ARTS 300, ARTS 290, passed foundation review, and department permission

ARTS 403 Advanced Painting II

The culmination of the five-course painting sequence. By the end of this course, students are expected to present a cogent body of work that is conceptually and technically sound and at a level that demonstrates they are reasonably situated to proceed to master’s level work, or to enter society as working artist. A greater emphasis on research and writing may be included in the curriculum at this level. (Formerly

Prereq: ARTS 403 and department permission. Co-req: ARTS 490W

ARTS 300 Color Theory

This is an introductory course in which students learn the basics of subtractive color. A series of lectures and related studio problems are utilized to develop an understanding of color systems, the characteristics of color, and how to control the visual aspects of color through both mixture and juxtaposition. As students gain a greater understanding of the subject matter, more individualized assignments may be introduced.

Prereq: ARTS 126 and department permission

ARTS 490W Capstone

This course is taken in conjunction with the last course in each student’s area of concentration. It is designed as the culminating learning experience for students in the BFA curriculum and will help provide direction for their future professional careers. The course will focus on preparation for a required senior exhibition, the development of a professional portfolio, and the creation necessary written documents to support one’s professional career. This course fulfills the General Education Writing Intensive requirement.

Prereq: must be enrolled in final area of concentration and department permission

ARTS 301 Intermediate Painting: Surface, Process & Concept

This intermediate painting course will stress conceptual motivations for making paintings and focus upon the material and procedural means by which paintings are constructed. Emphasis will be placed on non-observational approaches to painting. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of techniques, materials and supports beyond those used in Beginning Painting. They will also be introduced to a range of modern and contemporary painters/artists for whom process, materials and conceptual strategies are primary concerns. This course is a studio-based workshop supplemented with lectures, discussions, readings and demonstrations. Written assignments may also be required.

Prereq: ARTS 201, ARTS 290, ARTS 300, and successful completion of Foundations Portfolio Review