Course Information

for Painting Department


Painting: Methods and Concepts (PA201)


This is an introduction to oil painting. Students will explore perceptually based painting skills through still life, interior space, and the figure and will explore the possibilities for expression through abstraction. Instruction includes building stretchers and preparing paint surfaces. Students will be directed to artists related to their personal interests as well as contemporary and art historical sources relative to the course assignments.

Painting: Skills and Strategies (PA202)


Students continue to work in oil paint from observation among the figure, still-life/environments and art historical sources including works in the Cincinnati Art Museum. Instruction includes all prima painting, under-painting and glazing techniques. Alternative and non-traditional paint, tools and surfaces are introduced. Students begin to make personal choices concerning subject, form and content.

Painting: Subject and Structure (PA203)


This course explores personalized imagery, issues, and concerns, reinforced by continued growth of technical skills and conceptual development. This course also focuses on non-traditional aspects of painting display and material use. (Prerequisite: PA201)

Materials and Techniques (PA204)


This course introduces the student to the traditional media of metalpoint, egg tempera, encaustic, buon fresco. History of each media is covered, and the origins of color pigments are introduced in the beginning, as these are the same dry pigments used throughout the course. Once each medium is introduced and practiced, the class is introduced to contemporary uses of media by visits to the Cincinnati Art Museum, reproductions and student research and, possibly by visiting artists.

Painting: Contemporary Practices (PA304)


This is a sequentially team-taught course that prepares the student to better understand issues of content and subject matter in his or her work in conjunction with an exploration of contemporary concepts and practices in painting. This may include contemporary uses of traditional materials, as well as an introduction to new materials and the use of additional and new media as it applies to the student’s painting. Topical seminars are used to discuss current issues in contemporary painting. Students will do self-directed work while utilizing a multiplicity of viewpoints through lectures, discussions, and critiques.

Painting and Drawing: Voice and Vision (PD303)


This course continues to emphasize personal growth, technical skills, appropriate craft and execution, and conceptual development. Students choose areas of investigation that could include working non-objectively or from source material. Students continue the transition to self-directed work to prepare for Advanced Tutorial in their senior year.