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Art

Painting & Drawing

 

The painting & drawing program emphasizes contemporary practices within an intellectual and physical environment helpful to art making. This program is committed to engaging the cultural diversity found on campus by working with students to define their approach to artistic and cultural production through drawing and painting.
Beginning students receive core knowledge of visual communication and material competence that covers a wide range of traditional painting techniques. Intermediate-level courses target various pictorial strategies and students are encouraged to start building a cohesive body of work. At the advanced level, students work on individual studio projects, conducting research on artists and interdisciplinary thinkers, both contemporary and historical, whose work resides in a domain similar to their own.

Facilities

Instruction occurs in one of four studios, each equipped with easel-and-workbench painting stations for students at all levels to have a dedicated workspace. Studios have raised ceilings with vaulted skylights and large, north-facing windows. A modern ventilation system monitors airflow.

Studio description:

  • Oil painting: two large studios, each with over 2,000 sq. ft. of floor space.
  • Watercolor: a 1,500 sq. ft. studio.
  • Drawing: an 1,800 sq. ft. studio. Over twenty drafting tables and numerous portable drawing chairs.
  • Graduate students: 400-500 sq. ft. individual studios and / or access to an 1,800 square foot shared studio.
  • 400 sq. ft. storage facility for temporary storage of completed work.
  • Prop room, equipped with still life objects, life drawing materials, and portable lights.
  • Slide documentation equipment.
  • Access to a Digital imaging lab with a professional-grade scanner and large-format Epson printer.
  • Access to computer lab with 20 Macintosh computers.