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 foundational courses for their chosen discipline. 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.

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.


Check the course catalog for descriptions and prerequisites.

  • ART 110 - View and Gesture

  • ART 111 - Drawing for Non-Majors

  • ART 120 - Surface and Color

  • ART 303 - Drawing Projects

  • ART 304 - Figure Drawing and Issues of the Body

  • ART 305 - Experimental Drawing

  • ART 422 - Advanced Drawing and Painting

  • ART 320 - Painting I

  • ART 322 - Painting II

  • ART 324 - Figure Painting

  • ART 325 - Experimental Painting

  • ART 422 - Advanced Drawing and Painting (offered in alternating years)

A student leans over a corner panel of a large four-panel ink drawing
A student hunches over their work drawing a life-size self portrait with pencil
two people discuss paintings
Tyl Wil's amazing human powered paint throwing machine
An over the shoulder view of a student working on a high contrast, detailed drawing
A student smiles as they add to a painting on an easel, holding a portrait photo in one hand which they have based the painting on

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