Drawing & Painting

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Drawing is seen as a fundamental skill that is both an expressive end in itself and a means of direct visual thinking and planning. Students are introduced to traditional media such as pencil, charcoal, conte crayon and ink. After a basic foundation of demonstrated understanding is established students are encouraged to develop an expanded expressive vocabulary through experimentation with materials and discovery of strong personal thematic and technical preferences. Class assignments range from the structure of teacher-directed work to the freedom of student-initiated projects designed to develop independent and personal creative thinking.

Classes meet for 2.5 hours twice a week. Courses include: Drawing I, Drawing II, Drawing III, Figure Drawing, Topics courses such as Sequential Art and Landscape Drawing, and Independent Studies.


After completing courses in Two-dimensional Design, Three-dimensional Design, Drawing I, and Drawing II, students can take Painting I. This is a vigorous introduction to basic painting skills including; expressive characteristics of various water-based paints, expressive use of color, effective composition and design, and rendering convincing form. Painters can use acrylic paint, water-soluble oil paint, and other water-based media. The advanced painting courses help students to make the transition from teacher-directed projects to individual, personal initiatives that allow for more experimentation and the development of personal creative directions.

Classes usually meet for 2.5 hours twice a week. A few courses meet for five hours once a week. Courses include: Painting I, Painting II, Painting III, various Topics courses such as Color on Paper, Landscape with Figures, Watercolor Workshop, Developing Personal Themes, etc. and Independent Studies.