Drawing and Painting

All Studio majors in the Department of Art work with drawing tools and techniques in their first and second year as they take Art 110 Foundation Drawing I, Art 120 Two-Dimensional Art and Art 203 Foundation Drawing II. Many students of all concentrations go on to take some upper-level Drawing and Painting courses as part of an interdisciplinary experience in their Studio degree program.

A student leans over a corner panel of a large four-panel ink drawing
An over the shoulder view of a student working on a high contrast, detailed drawing

The combined Drawing and Painting concentration is available to students who look to specialize in these media as the springboard for their contemporary art practice. Students take a minimum of three upper-level Drawing or Painting courses and one upper-level Studio elective for an intensive focused study that culminates in an individual body of work.

At the 300 level students choose between an array of courses that offer opportunities for technical development, material experimentation, and the growth of individual approaches and subject matter. In each course studio practice is enriched by historical and theoretical research and the engagement with contemporary issues and problems.


Courses at the 300 level include Art 303 Drawing Projects, Art 304 Figure Drawing and Issues of the Body, Art 305 Experimental Drawing, and Art 306 Mixed Media on Paper.


Courses begin with Art 320 Painting I, an introduction to tools and techniques of the medium (either oil or acrylic) with an extended application of color theory. Subsequent courses include Art 322 Painting II, 324 Figure Painting, and Art 325 Experimental Painting.

Advanced Courses

Offered in alternating years, Art 422 Advanced Drawing and Painting allows advanced students the structure for a self-motivated project that combines research and studio practice.

All Studio majors also take four Art History courses at least one of the two interdisciplinary capstone Studio courses: Art 494 Advanced Studio Seminar or Art 495 Professional Practices for the Studio Artist.

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Tyl Wil's amazing human powered paint throwing machine