Painting

Courses

100 Level

  • PNTG 101 Painting Basics for the Non-major
     

    PNTG 101

    Painting Basics for the Non-major
    This course provides a foundation in the practices and materials associated with painting and prepares students to work in oil- and water-based media. Working from direct observation, students develop an understanding of formal concerns as well as paint manipulation to produce strong representational paintings. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100, DSGN 101.

200 Level

  • PNTG 203 Oil-based Media Exploration
     

    PNTG 203

    Oil-based Media Exploration
    This course explores versatile processes for planning and developing a visual idea using oil-based media. The course examines both traditional and contemporary applications of media, including under-painting, fat over lean paint application, glazing, scumbling, impasto and alla prima. Students construct and prepare sound painting supports for canvas and panel as well as an oil-primed, sized linen support and are taught safe handling of solvents and mediums. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 101.
  • PNTG 206 Water-based Media Exploration
     

    PNTG 206

    Water-based Media Exploration
    Students in this course explore versatile processes for planning and developing a visual idea using water-based media, with emphasis on acrylic painting techniques. The course examines both traditional and contemporary applications of media, including wet-into-wet, dry-brush paint application, masking and alla prima. Students prepare archival painting supports for water-based media, including paper, canvas and panel. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 101.
  • PNTG 207 Watercolor
     

    PNTG 207

    Watercolor
    This course allows students with particular interests in the possibilities of watercolor to focus intensively on its expressive and depictive capacities. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 206.
  • PNTG 210 Color and the Painted Image
     

    PNTG 210

    Color and the Painted Image
    This course reviews basic color theory and introduces more advanced theory and color issues applicable to oil painting. Students are expected to learn how to use color better as a language in their painting through the hands-on analysis of work that employs color as a primary agent. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 203 or PNTG 206.

300 Level

  • PNTG 302 Intermediate Painting
     

    PNTG 302

    Intermediate Painting
    Using a structure that alternates studio sessions with lessons about practical issues of visual documentation, framing and other professional components, this course enables students to create work in a thematic series that develops their painting methods and personal concepts. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 203, PNTG 206.
  • PNTG 310 Life Painting
     

    PNTG 310

    Life Painting
    This course provides an overview of life painting, with a focus on the conceptual, perceptual and technical evolution of the human figure in the history of painting. While the course concentrates on issues specific to this genre, attention is also given to the role of technique and theory in the expression of the masters and contemporary practitioners. Models are available for the entire quarter. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 200, PNTG 203 or PNTG 206.
  • PNTG 312 Mixed Media
     

    PNTG 312

    Mixed Media
    Using traditional and nontraditional materials, students in this course develop inventive experimental approaches to a variety of pictorial media, and examine how media, idea and composition relate. Students explore the boundaries between painting and sculpture when nontraditional materials are incorporated in collage and assemblage form. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 302.
  • PNTG 319 Painting Materials and Techniques
     

    PNTG 319

    Painting Materials and Techniques
    This course provides extended exploration of one major traditional painting medium or method associated either with a particular era or artist. Replication projects provide initial direct experience of the medium and method under investigation, prior to the creation of original work. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 203, PNTG 206.
  • PNTG 321 Portrait Painting
     

    PNTG 321

    Portrait Painting
    With an examination of the conceptual, perceptual and technical evolution of portraiture in the history of painting, this course provides an excellent overview of portrait painting. While the course concentrates on issues specific to this genre, attention is also given to the role of technique and theory in the expression of the masters and contemporary practitioners. Models are available for the entire quarter. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 203 or PNTG 206.
  • PNTG 325 Narrative Painting
     

    PNTG 325

    Narrative Painting
    This course introduces the historically complex role of the painter as narrator, concentrating on the balance of subject matter with aesthetic form. Students explore the unique pictorial requirements of narrative painting, such depictions of the passage of time. Students also investigate categories of contemporary narrative painting. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 310.
  • PNTG 327 Advanced Oil Painting
     

    PNTG 327

    Advanced Oil Painting
    Using oil paint in both direct and indirect applications, students in this course advance and refine their artistic process and the formal aspects of their work. Students may work in a variety of modes on a variety of surfaces. The work of both historical and contemporary practitioners is considered. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 203.
  • PNTG 330 Large-format Painting
     

    PNTG 330

    Large-format Painting
    Students in this course learn to address the challenges and formulate strategies associated with making large-scale studio paintings from preparatory materials and explore the techniques and methods required for making large-format paintings. Students critique examples of large-scale work from contemporary art. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 203 or PNTG 206, and PNTG 310.
  • PNTG 331 Landscape Painting
     

    PNTG 331

    Landscape Painting
    This course provides an overview of landscape in painting, with a focus on the conceptual, perceptual and technical evolution of the landscape image in the history of painting. While the course concentrates on issues specific to this genre, attention is also given to the role of technique and theory in the expression of the masters and contemporary practitioners. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 203 or PNTG 206.
  • PNTG 332 Advanced Portrait Painting
     

    PNTG 332

    Advanced Portrait Painting
    Extending the technical base acquired in portrait painting, students advance and refine their representational drawing and painting skills. While the course addresses advanced issues specific to this genre, attention is also given to the role of technique and theory in the expression of the masters and contemporary practitioners. Models are available for the entire quarter. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 321.
  • PNTG 333 Mural Painting
     

    PNTG 333

    Mural Painting
    This course introduces students to historical and contemporary approaches to mural painting, with an emphasis on the concepts and philosophies developed in the Mexican mural tradition. The course addresses materials, techniques, surface treatment and archival issues relevant to mural painting. Studio practice is supplemented by lectures, films and on-site visits. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 101.
  • PNTG 334 Chinese Painting
     

    PNTG 334

    Chinese Painting
    This course introduces Chinese subjects and traditional painting techniques, where variation in ink, color, line and texture are all achieved by Chinese brushstroke. The philosophy and history of Chinese painting are addressed, helping students understand and develop the technique and concept of Chinese painting. Students are encouraged to combine Western and Eastern art to create their own personal work. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 203 or PNTG 206.
  • PNTG 340 Realist Painting
     

    PNTG 340

    Realist Painting
    Representing the subtlety and nuance of the variety of color, perspective and form observed in the world requires a diverse range of technical and conceptual skills necessary for creating realist paintings from observation. The development of these skills is the focus of this course and includes the creation of the illusion of depth; proportion; anatomy; control of texture and smoothness to create a convincing paint surface; and utilization of value, hue and intensity to convey a sense of light and form. Additionally students learn about issues in realist painting in the context of other painting modes. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 200, PNTG 203.
  • PNTG 341 Painting: Developing a Sense of Place
     

    PNTG 341

    Painting: Developing a Sense of Place
    Designed to take advantage of experiences provided by a particular location, this course provides students the opportunity to visit historically or culturally significant sites in order to create a series of work in response to the site. Students determine the appropriate materials and techniques necessary for their work. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100, DSGN 100, DSGN 101.
  • PNTG 355 Human Image and Metaphor
     

    PNTG 355

    Human Image and Metaphor
    This course explores the various ways in which meaning is derived from the human image, whether directly, symbolically or metaphorically. The course addresses the relationship between form and content, and materials and processes. Students propose and execute their own projects based on personal and historical interpretations of the human figure. Students collectively explore discursive strategies while viewing the human image. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 203 or PNTG 206, PNTG 310.
  • PNTG 361 Painting: Developing a Personal Vision
     

    PNTG 361

    Painting: Developing a Personal Vision
    Students create a cohesive body of work based on a studio proposal. Students develop appropriate goals in coordination with the professor to explore the language of color, shape and texture in relationship to expanded concepts. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 100, DSGN 101.
  • PNTG 366 Conceptual Art Practice
     

    PNTG 366

    Conceptual Art Practice
    This course introduces students to various aspects of conceptual art and explores practical issues relevant to painting within current contemporary art. Technical expansiveness, theoretical development and the role of visuality are explored through projects and class discussion. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 207, PNTG 302.

400 Level

  • PNTG 401 Alternative Media Exploration
     

    PNTG 401

    Alternative Media Exploration
    This course provides an opportunity for students to move beyond the pictorial tradition of painting. Students explore the use of nontraditional materials to engage in spatial strategies, such as installation, or temporal strategies such as performance and new media. Emphasis is placed on the cross-media use of technology, as in kinetics, sound, light and video. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 302.
  • PNTG 404 Abstract Painting
     

    PNTG 404

    Abstract Painting
    By focusing on studio projects and assignments that develop a nonobjective approach to color, line and form, this course explores the historical sources of the abstract painting tradition, including both modern and postmodern variations. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 203 or PNTG 206.
  • PNTG 409 Advanced Painting
     

    PNTG 409

    Advanced Painting
    This open studio course allows advanced students to develop their strengths pertaining to their own interests and choices of materials as they work toward a cohesive body of work. Students have relevant reading and writing assignments, and complete a finished artist statement. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 310, PNTG 401.
  • PNTG 410 Advanced Life Painting
     

    PNTG 410

    Advanced Life Painting
    Extending the skill base acquired in Life Painting, this course focuses on the conceptual, perceptual and technical evolution of the human figure in the history of painting. While the course concentrates on advanced issues specific to this genre, attention is also given to the role of technique and theory in the expression of the masters and contemporary practitioners. Students gain experience with multiple figure compositions and complex environments. Models are available for the entire quarter. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 203 or PNTG 206.
  • PNTG 415 Painting Senior Seminar
     

    PNTG 415

    Painting Senior Seminar
    This seminar course focuses on the direction of students’ studio output through critiques, discussions and writing assignments. Students receive reading assignments based on current critical writings as they begin to analyze the conceptual premises, cultural references and intellectual foundation of their artistic processes. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 207, PNTG 302.
  • PNTG 431 Advanced Landscape Painting
     

    PNTG 431

    Advanced Landscape Painting
    With a focus on the conceptual, perceptual and technical evolution of the landscape image in the history of painting, this course continues to develop the skill base begun in landscape painting. While the course concentrates on advanced issues specific to this genre, attention is also given to the role of technique and theory in the expression of the masters and contemporary practitioners. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 331.
  • PNTG 444 Visiting Artist in Painting
     

    PNTG 444

    Visiting Artist in Painting
    This course offers undergraduate painting students one quarter of study with a visiting artist in the painting department. The course is organized around the conceptual and technical specialties of the visiting artist and culminates with a collaborative class project. Through critiques, discussions and writing, the visiting artist guides students in assignments and projects, fostering an understanding of the connections between idea, media, technique, scale, process and content. Students also gain an understanding of the visiting artist’s own process of idea development and professional practices. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 302.
  • SFIN 444 School of Fine Arts Visiting Artist
     

    SFIN 444

    School of Fine Arts Visiting Artist
    This course provides students in the School of Fine Arts the opportunity to study with a visiting artist. The course is organized around the conceptual and technical specialties of the visiting artist and culminates with a collaborative class project. Through the development of ideas and professional practices of the visiting artist and through critiques, discussions and written work, students work through assignments and projects to gain the understanding of the connections between idea, media, technique, scale, process and content in their individual work. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 302 or PNTG 302 or PRMK 301 or PRMK 306 or SCPT 320.
  • PNTG 479 Undergraduate Internship
     

    PNTG 479

    Undergraduate Internship
    Internships offer students valuable opportunities to work in a professional environment and gain firsthand experience to help them prepare for careers. In an approved internship setting, a student typically spends one quarter working with an on-site professional supervisor and a faculty internship supervisor to achieve specific goals and objectives related to the program of study. Prerequisite(s): 90 credit hours, 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • PNTG 495 Special Topics in Painting
     

    PNTG 495

    Special Topics in Painting
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each new version focuses on specific issues in the field of painting and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the topic of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.

500 Level

  • DRAW 502 Drawing Methods Studio
     

    DRAW 502

    Drawing Methods Studio
    This accelerated drawing course covers fundamental considerations of drawing as a form of expression. The objective is to enhance students' awareness of and skill with technique, materials, composition and aesthetics. Prerequisite(s):
  • PNTG 502 Graduate Painting Methods Studio
     

    PNTG 502

    Graduate Painting Methods Studio
    This accelerated painting course covers fundamental considerations of painting as a form of expression. The course emphasizes both traditional and contemporary applications of paint primarily through a direct visual process to develop paintings based upon the optical effects of light upon form. Students gain a strong foundation in the practices and materials associated with oil- and water-based media. The development of a conceptual framework is also addressed. Prerequisite(s):
  • PNTG 503 Graduate Advanced Painting
     

    PNTG 503

    Graduate Advanced Painting
    Allowing graduate students to develop their strengths pertaining to their own aesthetic and choices of materials, this open-studio course also enables them to work toward an advanced cohesive body of work. Students have relevant reading and writing assignments and are required to complete a finished artist's statement. Prerequisite(s):

700 Level

  • PNTG 704 Formal Aspects of Painting
     

    PNTG 704

    Formal Aspects of Painting
    This first-year graduate studio course explores painting as a formal visual language. Students create directed new work that examines their own formal choices: color, value, line, shape, surface quality, composition and scale. The course is driven by group critiques, individual critiques, and reading and writing assignments. Prerequisite(s):
  • DRAW 708 Graduate Drawing
     

    DRAW 708

    Graduate Drawing
    This independent studio course approaches drawing as a unique fine art medium, as well as a means for building momentum for work in other media. Students explore drawing both as a process through which ideas may be presented and as a finished product with renewed relevance in contemporary art. The course encourages students to establish a working method in drawing unique to their respective studio practice. Prerequisite(s):
  • PNTG 728 Painting Studio I Course is available via eLearning
     

    PNTG 728

    Painting Studio I
    Course is available via eLearning
    With coursework structured according to the goals and needs of each student, this studio course is designed to refine students' personal direction and critical vocabulary. Both individual and group critiques support the projects. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 704.
  • PNTG 734 Chinese Painting Technique
     

    PNTG 734

    Chinese Painting Technique
    Utilizing Chinese brushwork, students learn traditional and advanced techniques of Chinese painting, and gain an understanding of Chinese concepts and ideas, history and philosophy. The course does not limit its focus to traditional Chinese painting, but emphasizes the discovery of an individual's personal language of art making that incorporates that tradition with more modern concepts. Prerequisite(s):
  • PNTG 738 Painting Studio II Course is available via eLearning
     

    PNTG 738

    Painting Studio II
    Course is available via eLearning
    Using an individual program designed for each student based on previous coursework, this studio course is designed to further refine students' personal focus and critical vocabulary. Both individual and group critiques support the projects. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 728.
  • PNTG 741 Painting: Directed Project
     

    PNTG 741

    Painting: Directed Project
    This course provides graduate painting students the opportunity to establish an individual work plan and criteria under the guidance of a faculty member within a standard course format. Students create a feasibility plan that outlines the resources needed to meet objectives of their work plan. A student must have passed the faculty preliminary review in order to be eligible to take this course. The course is recommended for sequencing as an elective in the fourth quarter of the M.F.A. in preparation for the review for candidacy. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 738.
  • PNTG 749 Painting M.A. Final Project
     

    PNTG 749

    Painting M.A. Final Project
    All M.A. painting students are required to create a personal, cohesive body of work and an extended artist statement. Students have the opportunity to combine historic and contemporary references with focused, self-directed expression, articulating ideas and contextual theories through refined critical self-analysis. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.
  • PNTG 758 Painting Studio III Course is available via eLearning
     

    PNTG 758

    Painting Studio III
    Course is available via eLearning
    This studio course is designed to further refine students' personal focus and critical vocabulary. An individual program is designed for each student based on previous coursework. Both individual and group critiques support the development of thesis exhibition and the quality of the work. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 738.
  • PNTG 760 Advanced Color Issues in Painting
     

    PNTG 760

    Advanced Color Issues in Painting
    In this course, students focus on the development of a personal color language and employ principles of color theory as primary expressive agents. Prerequisite(s):
  • PNTG 762 Life Painting
     

    PNTG 762

    Life Painting
    This course focuses on the conceptual, perceptual and technical evolution of the human figure in the history of painting. While the course concentrates on advanced issues specific to this genre, attention is also given to the role of technique and theory in the expression of the masters and contemporary practitioners. Students explore complex figure groups, complex environments and sophisticated use of scale. Models are available for the entire quarter. Prerequisite(s):
  • PNTG 764 Narrative Painting Course is available via eLearning
     

    PNTG 764

    Narrative Painting
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course introduces the historically complex role of the painter as narrator, concentrating on the balance of subject matter with aesthetic form. Students explore the unique pictorial requirements of narrative painting, such as depictions of the passage of time. Students also investigate categories of contemporary narrative painting, while simultaneously evaluating painting's relationship to other current narrative forms. Prerequisite(s):
  • PNTG 766 Conceptual Art Practice Course is available via eLearning
     

    PNTG 766

    Conceptual Art Practice
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course introduces students to various aspects of conceptual art, and explores practical issues relevant to painting within current contemporary art. Technical expansiveness, theoretical development and the role of visualization are explored through projects and class discussion. Prerequisite(s): SFIN 716.
  • PNTG 768 Painting Studio IV Course is available via eLearning
     

    PNTG 768

    Painting Studio IV
    Course is available via eLearning
    This studio course is designed to further refine students' personal focus and critical vocabulary. An individual program is designed for each student based on previous coursework. Both individual and group critiques support the projects. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 758.
  • PNTG 775 Advanced Painting Studio Analysis Course is available via eLearning
     

    PNTG 775

    Advanced Painting Studio Analysis
    Course is available via eLearning
    This independent studio course for advanced students involves studio visits, critiques and seminar discussions about each student's respective work, in preparation for the thesis. Each student finishes the course with a cohesive, exhibition-ready body of work, thesis statement, thesis outline and thesis document rough draft. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 738 and completion of the review for candidacy.
  • PNTG 779F Graduate Field Internship
     

    PNTG 779F

    Graduate Field Internship
    Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • PNTG 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
     

    PNTG 779T

    Graduate Teaching Internship
    Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • PNTG 780 Special Topics in Painting
     

    PNTG 780

    Special Topics in Painting
    This course provides an opportunity for students to focus on particular issues in the field or to study advanced techniques and processes. Faculty, course content and prerequisites vary each time the course is offered. The course may include lectures, discussions, individual projects and critiques, depending on the nature of the topic. Prerequisite(s):
  • PNTG 790 Painting M.F.A. Thesis
     

    PNTG 790

    Painting M.F.A. Thesis
    This course constitutes the culmination of the student’s research process. Painting M.F.A. candidates develop and prepare an original exhibition, accompanied by a written component, and complete research for post-graduate success. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.