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.
Degrees that offer this area of study: BFA, MFA
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.