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Drawing and Painting

Build from a common studio arts and art history foundation, and go on to pursue independent, self-generated upper-level studio work. You’ll investigate a wide range of traditional and experimental approaches and areas of study, and explore a variety of aesthetic ideas and theories.

Related career Paths

Students with a concentration in drawing and painting may enter into such fields as art therapy, art restoration, art administration, education, and commercial arts administration.


Drawing and painting involve different studio skills and approaches, but are closely interrelated areas of the visual arts. Students in this concentration begin their studies by completing the Foundation requirements listed above. They then move on to the intermediate and advanced curriculum, designed to foster a disciplined and technically informed approach to independent, self-generated upper-level studio work and investigation of a wide range of traditional and experimental approaches and areas of study. The program encourages students to develop interdisciplinary interests, to work with a wide range of media, and to explore a broad range of ideas. Students in the drawing and painting concentration must complete—in addition to the foundation courses—two required drawing/painting courses at the intermediate level, two in related studio arts disciplines, and two advanced painting/drawing courses (usually the advanced studio courses) for a minimum of 20 credits beyond the core foundation. Students in the concentration interested in pursuing individual interests in depth may also elect tutorials and independent projects.

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Painting studio critique with Jacob Fossum

Studio Art 335/435: Painting Studio

Students explore materials, techniques, painting styles, and color theory. Painting with acrylics is emphasized, though students may also work in oils and are urged to work also in watercolor, pastel, casein, oil pastel, and all drawing media. The course requires an extensive sketchbook, the completion of major projects, and additional work to be established with the instructor. Studio fee. Gesso, lumber, and some materials are supplied; students supply paints, brushes, and canvas. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

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