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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

AD2D 302 Painting

Students are provided opportunities to experiment with a variety of painting materials and techniques, including the use of oil and/or acrylic paints. Observational, formal, conceptual, and process-based painting methodologies may be explored, including their relationship to historical and contemporary artworks and artists. Specific course content will vary according to rotating section offerings.

Prereq: AD 122 and AD 126

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

AD 400W 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.

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

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)

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