The Painting and Drawing curriculum provides students with an opportunity to build on their understanding of color theory, perspective, and composition.

Coursework is designed to enable students to develop the formal and technical skills required to create balanced pictorial compositions with an emphasis on conceptual and material exploration. Students explore the relationship of painting and drawing to contemporary art practice through the examination of its role within visual culture and the digital domain. Students are encouraged to integrate their personal interests and working methods across disciplines which include printmaking, sculpture, fibers, digital, and time-based processes. Painting and drawing faculty are dedicated to helping each student develop their own personal perspective and direction while encouraging research, experimentation, and challenging established notions of studio practice. Students will also consider the logistics of maintaining an art practice beyond graduation by developing a portfolio to reflect their abilities as illustrators, designers, concept and storyboard artists, museum and gallery assistants, preparators, and archivists. ​



Facilities include 4 open-air studios for classroom instruction of life-drawing, still life, basic and intermediate level painting techniques, and include multimedia resources for slide presentations and the integration of digital technologies. Each student is provided a locker for material storage and BFA students are assigned individual workspace for the development of their projects.



Drawing in Florence

In addition to the regular curriculum, every summer the Department of Art & Design’s Drawing in Florence program travels to Florence, Italy to create artwork in one of the most well preserved Renaissance cities. The city, known for its art and architecture, becomes an inspiration for work created “en plein air” at various locations throughout the city, including gardens, churches, museums and the surrounding countryside. The class investigates some of the early interests and problems of the Renaissance such as linear and atmospheric perspective, chiaroscuro and the illusion of depth. Excursions to cities of Siena, Arezzo and Rome include historic walking tours and introduces students to a variety of classic and contemporary works of art. ​

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Student Work