Courses in painting emphasize diverse approaches to the medium. The program also helps students gain an awareness of historical traditions and contemporary critical and cultural issues relevant to painting. Image content, visual language and idea development are explored as well. All courses work with color, form and paint handling using oil paint and mediums.


Beginning Painting provides students a strong foundation in painting concepts nd kill. Students create paintings from direct observation using still life, working from photographs and working from the imagination.



Intermediate, and Advanced Painting concentrate on the development of a personal direction and creating a cohesive series of work. Students are challenged to create work that maintains a broad awareness of historical, contemporary and cultural issues. Cross-disciplinary directions are encouraged if appropriate to the student’s ideas, both in material use and/or content of work.

The Painting studios in the Fouts Center for Visual Art provide ample space, natural light and ventilation. Students enrolled in painting classes have access outside of class time. Painting Senior Art Major students are provided a semi-private painting studio during their senior year.

108: Foundations: Approaches in Abstract Painting (also counts as a foundations course)

167: Beginning Painting

267: Intermediate Painting

367: Advanced Painting