The program: The undergraduate painting program gives students the ability to explore, develop, and gain personal understanding of the visual language and technical aspects of the painting medium. Additionally, it encourages the development of material experimentation and conceptual thinking in the upper level courses. Students begin by working from observation, developing skills and proficiency in oils. As students gain skills and abilities with oil paints they are encouraged to challenge the very notion of what painting is by exploring alternative tools, methods and surfaces. Discipline and perseverance are strengthened as students develop a unique voice, conceptually and formally. In their senior year, students work closely with the painting faculty to develop a distinctive body of work that is sophisticated in its content and scope.
ART260 Beginning Painting This course focuses on familiarizing students with the medium of oil painting while investigating the formal elements of the visual language – form, line, texture and color. Various painting techniques are explored in depth through a variety of subject matter. This course is largely an observational painting course.
ART361 Figure Painting This course focuses on the figure, using oil paints as a medium. Basic tools for seeing and articulating the visual relationships necessary for creating space, form, and light are developed. Direct observation of visual situations is practiced to encourage individual discovery and expression.
ART360 Methods and Materials Using acrylic and oil paints as base mediums, students explore alternative processes inherent to contemporary painting. Through the use of a variety of non-traditional materials, surfaces and references students begin to construct unique visual styles while formulating a conceptual framework for their painting practice.
ART460 Advanced Painting I In this course, students are assigned an individual studio space and are encouraged to develop a body of thesis work which utilizes the knowledge and skills students have acquired up to this point. This course is designed to foster the development of an individual body of work with a unique point of view.
ART461 Advanced Painting II Students continue to develop paintings of a personal idiom. The work culminated in this course formulates student’s BFA thesis and is submitted to the BFA Juried Exhibition.
The faculty: There are two full-time faculty members in the painting area – Patrice Sullivan and Erika Osborne. Both are working artists who exhibit nationally and internationally. Both professors bring philosophical, educational, and experiential expertise to the painting area that students can grow, development and glean important insights from. View Foundations Area Prerequisites