The painting curriculum has been developed to enhance your growth as an artist by participation in studio projects, and to engage you in a dialogue with students, instructors, and other resource people concerning various issues relevant to the continuing evolution of content in painting particularly and art generally. In advancing you through a three year period of growth as an artist, the curriculum has been organized to initiate exposure of the student to a variety of media, techniques of painting and approaches to subject matter. The curriculum also is geared towards increasing the student's understanding of formal concerns and historical background. In addition, the curriculum in painting is aimed at promoting the evolution of artistic insight through personal involvement in an integrated organic process of conception and execution.
Later phases of this process of artistic growth include the development of a personal style, a creative approach, the ability to manipulate the media proficiently, the ability to realize or generate appropriate metaphors and personal signs and symbols. This includes the development of the ability to adequately and appropriately structure space and materials in accordance with ones artistic statement, the ability to give and respond to criticism, and the ability to engage in speculative (or creative) thinking concerning ones own work and other aspects of significance both in the painting program and to art in general.
During the final year of study, you'll demonstrate an ability to manipulate the media in accordance with your artistic goals. An increasing artistic maturity should be apparent as measured by your ability to create viable paintings, compositions, or objects/ideas and present them, showing an adequate understanding of those various critical and aesthetic ideas that are relevant to art in general and painting in particular. Special emphasis will be placed on contemporary issues in painting.