Course code:



I - Introductory

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ADS - Arts & Design Studio

Lab fee:


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Beginning Painting is the introductory course to the art, craft, and history of painting. Students will develop a basic understanding of the materials and techniques of the painter and their application. Through a sequence of exercises ranging from color studies to observational still life painting to more experimental projects focusing on the medium, the student will gain a solid foundation towards making paintings. This course is about painting in its most basic and fundamental sense. Emphasis is placed on learning a variety of painting skills, developing a basic awareness of color theory and auxiliary craftsmanship such as building stretchers, stretching canvas, priming, etc. Students will work towards an informed perceptual and thoughtful expression of a subject using the medium and techniques of painting. Class time will also include lectures and demonstrations directly pertaining to these concerns in order to provide art historical examples and strategies for proceeding with painting exercises and assignments. Students will be assigned readings and discuss them in relation to their development and the course in general. Evaluation will be based on painting projects, participation and articulation of concepts as demonstrated in critiques and short written responses that evidence engagement with course topics.


Drawing I or permission of instructor based on portfolio review of independent work. 

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