Painting, Drawing and Printmaking Courses

Beginning Drawing
This course is an introduction to creative expression through the medium of drawing.  Students are challenged to create interesting and skillful drawings grounded in technical and media-based explorations. In order to achieve these goals, students are expected to develop their technical drawing skills through rigorous studio exercises.  An emphasis is placed on the technical and aesthetical applications of drawing as a fundamental visual art practice. Additionally, drawing will be investigated through various drawing media as an aesthetical framework for creative expression.  In addition, students will learn the history and concepts behind the discipline of drawing.  Recognizing and applying creative urges and impulses are paramount throughout this process.  Success in this course is dependent on your commitment to finding passion and energy for making excellent drawings!

Beginning Painting
This course is an introduction to oil and acrylic painting. Students learn the basic techniques, concepts and materials of painting through direct observation and experimentation of material. Painting intensively from the still life, the landscape and the figure enhances students’ levels of perception and their ability to observe and translate the world around them. Pictorial composition, color theory, value structure, spatial concepts and surface quality are emphasized in assignments. Combining these ideas with a good work ethic, dedication and a desire to create, combined with the willingness to learn new processes helps students develop and strengthen their artistic skills.

Intermediate Painting: Materiality and Process

The objective of this class is to investigate ways to combine shapes inside the picture frame format along with backgrounds and surrounding space. Students create quick paintings during class in response to newly introduced ideas. Each new concept will be shown sequentially with ample time for practice. Mini-critiques take place several times per class in order to reinforce the explored pictorial concepts. Visual presentations will be given to show historical examples relevant to class topics, clarifying and contextualizing the intersection of art history with the coursework.  By focusing relentlessly on the fundamentals of painting such as composition, form and shape, students will gain depth of understanding and control over the material language of painting. Through control and manipulation of these plastic elements, each student will be better equipped to make their paintings speak pictorially.

Intermediate Drawing: Figure
This course concentrates on figure drawing and topics surrounding its aesthetical and ideological possibilities. Assignments range from traditional figure drawing, studying anatomy, students using each other as models, working with the figure from memory, working with the figure as compositional and/or conceptual protagonist, and working with the figure as narrative.   A major emphasis of the class focuses on hand-eye coordination through the direct physical translation of the world on to paper while also refining the student’s internal dialogue surrounding study of the figure. As a counter point to the mediated world, students engage in life drawing as a way to stimulate perception and an internalized expression of the human subject. A major objective of this course will be to better understand the role of figure drawing in historical and contemporary drawing.

Intermediate Drawing: Digital
This course concentrates on the technical aspects of digital drawing using Adobe Photoshop and Wacom drawing tablets.  Course work will include the investigation of tone, line, color, compositing, image transformation, observational drawing and experimental drawing. Students will engage in the graphic aesthetic of digital drawing with a particular emphasis on creating compelling visual statements that exploit the heightened technical capabilities of Adobe Photoshop going far beyond the technical limitations of traditional paper drawing.

Painterly Printmaking
This course is a concentration in the painterly printmaking processes of monotype, screen printing and collagraph.  These various processes are rotated on a semester basis with each course focusing on a particular process.  Students will learn the technical possibilities of these mediums with a specific emphasis on the painterly, loose and organic potential of these processes. Students learn the technical applications of painterly printmaking through intense in-class demonstrations. An emphasis is placed on exploitation of the graphic aesthetic as well as good formal strategies including design, color and mark making.  In addition, students learn the conceptual and historical context of printmaking as well as the role of contemporary printmaking.

Drawing as Printmaking
This course is a concentration in the drawing-based printmaking processes of intaglio and relief.  These various techniques are rotated on a semester basis with each course focusing on a particular process.  Students will learn the technical possibilities of these mediums with a specific emphasis on the draftsmanship these processes. An emphasis is placed on exploitation of the graphic aesthetic as well as good formal strategies including design, color and mark making.  In addition, students learn the conceptual and historical context of printmaking as well as the role of contemporary printmaking.

Digital Printmaking
This course is a concentration in digitally derived processes including inkjet, laser cut and UV sensitive printing elements. Students will learn the technical possibilities of these mediums with a specific emphasis on the digital and visually transformative qualities of these processes. Students learn the technical applications of digital printmaking through intense in-class demonstrations. An emphasis is placed on exploitation of the graphic aesthetic as well as good formal strategies including design, color and mark making.  In addition, students learn the conceptual and historical context of printmaking as well as the role of contemporary printmaking.

Advanced Painting, Drawing and Printmaking
This course is focused on developing due diligence, work ethic and accountability of advanced students in the final year of their academic art careers. The course presumes thorough experience from the intermediate courses of painting, drawing and printmaking.  The skill base gained from these courses is applied to more complex investigations of content and subject matter: practice and concept are integrated. Students are expected to be working in their private studios creating a body of work for dissemination in exhibitions on campus and in the open market. Techniques and assignments are discussed on a need basis concerning specific material and practical directions. There are common readings followed by discussions related to the role of pictorial art in society.  Students will strengthen their personal investigations into painting, drawing and printmaking, through an understanding of historical and contemporary visual art practice.