Adapting skills-based learning and research methodologies as pedagogical models, the Painting, Drawing and Printmaking area (PDP), supports art making as a process of inquiry that is continually sharpened by experience, knowledge and practice. Area faculty expect students to actively engage in their studio work and consider art within international, national and regional contexts.
At beginning levels, working from observation conveys visual principles of form and space while emphasizing essentials of technical training. Intermediate courses focus on various topics such as the figure, printmaking, mixed media, digital processes, Chinese landscape, and color theory; special topics courses reflect faculty research interests. Intermediate courses also introduce theoretical and cultural ideas through projects that prepare students for the tutorial nature of advanced coursework. At the advanced level, painting, drawing and printmaking disciplines combine. Students develop a body of work and conceptual framework for their visual practice. Advanced students can apply for private 24-hour access studios.
PDP encourages our graduate students to take advantage of excellent private studio space, technical facilities and the opportunity to teach. Graduate students receive focused, individual attention in their studio work from professionally active research and teaching faculty. In their first year, graduate students work closely with faculty as graduate assistants, often helping in their courses and gain experience to teach independently. In their studio work and pedagogy, PDP graduate students are integral to the area’s mission for delivering contemporaneous content.
Exhibition opportunities are plentiful at USF for all students, as is exposure to national and international practicing artists. Visiting artists lecture several times per semester and meet with students. The Kennedy Center Artist in Residence brings a new artist and art historian on alternate years to teach a course and add to the opportunities for USF students. Graphicstudio and the Contemporary Art Museum host internationally acclaimed artists as well as top quality exhibitions. Students travel regularly to the Miami art fairs, as well as New York and Chicago. Tampa has a lively art scene, including a new museum and good alternative spaces.
Our undergraduate students frequently participate in and are awarded scholarships to residency programs including Vermont Studio School, Chashama New York, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Yale Norfolk, and others. They attend graduate programs at the San Francisco Art Institute, Boston University, Hunter College, Mason Gross School of the Arts at University of Georgia, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, School of Visual Arts, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, University of Texas Austin, University of North Carolina, and others.