Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ADS - Arts & Design Studio

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Intermediate Painting simultaneously emphasizes the technical and conceptual fundamentals of painting in relationship to the cultivation of a student’s developing personal aesthetics. Projects will examine the evolution of modernist painting and its emphasis away from representational, perspectival space towards abstract, optical flatness. More generally, we will be examining the relationships between form and content and ways that students can develop a sustainable, serious, and personalized studio “practice”. The aim is to cultivate informed, thoughtful perceptions and expression of a subject through the medium, techniques, culture, and history of painting. The technical emphasis is on developing painting skills appropriate to the student’s subject and a rigorous experimentation with media and techniques. Auxiliary craftsmanship such as creating mediums and grounds, building stretchers and panels, as well as stretching and priming canvas will be a significant part of this course. Students will receive basic woodshop training and will be required to make their own supports this term. Students will be evaluated on the quality of their construction, stretching, and priming in addition to their participation, verbal articulation, and studio work. This course will also feature demonstrations, a field trip, art historical slide presentations and readings of relevant artists and writers that provide a historical and/or philosophical context for our work this term. Scholarly research and constructive questioning will be stressed, along with developing a work ethic appropriate for pursuing painting in serious manner. All students will be able to coherently articulate their ideas concerning their process, technique, work, vision, and an art historical context for their work.


Permission of the instructor. Priority will be given to students who have completed AD1033 Beginning Painting. 

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