The painting program begins with introductory instruction in acrylic painting techniques. Students investigate traditional subject matter such as still life, landscape, and the figure to develop perceptual/representational painting skills. Color mixing and color theory are an integral part of the study. Abstraction and pastiche assignments focus on painting approaches from art history. The painting curriculum proceeds through Intermediate courses of Oil Painting, Media Exploration, Contemporary Approaches, and then Advanced Painting and Independent Study.  Coursework supports interdisciplinary exploration and invites students to bring in ideas and materials from other areas of study. Assignments encourage students to uncover cultural stereotypes, delve into issues of identity, appropriate images from multiple sources, and consider painting as object.  Media Exploration includes practice of the ancient medium of encaustic, using pigment dispersion to make acrylic paint from scratch, pouring paint to create “skins”, mural painting, the interface of technology with painting, and installation. Advanced students explore and refine their own ideas, processes, and use of materials in a community of student artists emphasizing an awareness of the relationship of their work to contemporary painting practices, theory, and criticism.

For more information please contact Kristy Deetz or the Art Advisor, Minkyu Lee.

Painting in the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum

Students in the Art Discipline have the opportunity to paint, draw, photograph, and create installations in the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum Grants are available for student study and projects on the 290 acres encircling the UWGB campus that features trails moving through forests, prairies, ponds, creeks, and other beautiful and thriving ecosystems.