Painting is a complex activity with its own vocabulary
of materials and ways to use those materials. The program introduces
students to the language of painting and acquaints them with an array
of painting practices.
Elementary Painting begins with an introduction to oil
painting. The first two thirds of the course is designed with a series
of exercises and projects that will bring students to an understanding
of how the materials work as part of the process of developing pictorial
ideas. During the last third of the semester students begin to explore
and develop their own painting ideas. Exposure to modern and recent
painting and to different ways to make and think about painting is an
integral part of the curriculum.
Those who continue in the program take Intermediate and
Advanced Painting. The students explore in depth their own individual
visual and conceptual sensibilities. The students work closely with
an instructor to work toward self-direction in the development of those
sensibilities in Advanced and Independent Study Painting. Students enrolled
in the BFA program culminate their studies with a Thesis exhibition.