The Painting, Drawing and Foundations programs work closely together and share many faculty members. Upper level drawing courses build on the training and experiences provided in the Foundations drawing courses (Drawing I and II), as students in Drawing III (Life Drawing) go on to employ rigorous observational study of human anatomical structure and begin developing a more personal approach to descriptive drawing. Because Drawing is not offered as a separate studio emphasis, students are encouraged to view drawing as both a primary form of expression and as preliminary studies for other two- and three-dimensional works of art. Advanced Life Drawing offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of materials and approaches to the human figure as they investigate aesthetic and conceptual concerns. Experimental Drawing encourages total immersion in drawing and development of a unique body of work utilizing a variety of media and surfaces.
Introductory Painting courses also build directly on Foundations skills, as students begin by strengthening color and observational skills and developing a personal sensitivity to the unique properties of paint as a medium for artistic expression. Two media designations are offered in the Painting I introductory courses: watermedia (acrylic and watercolor) or oil. After students have completed a beginning course in either designation, they are eligible to enroll in Intermediate Painting and then in any advanced painting course, where they are expected to pursue work which furthers the media choice of their beginning courses. Faculty strongly encourage students who emphasize in painting to establish a broad technical range by taking both the introductory media as early as possible. Faculty in the advanced courses help students solidify their chosen technical designation and begin exploring a range of subject matter and concepts. At the highest level, Senior Studio in Painting, students are expected to pursue development of a mature and consistent body of work. Students emphasizing in painting complete their 21-hour total with advanced painting courses, senior and independent study courses, the Senior Seminar and, in their final year, a BFA group exhibition.