3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of painting in several media, including oil paint, acrylics, and watercolor. Students will learn to build their own painting supports (canvases) and use a variety of painting tools. Paint application techniques will be explored, from glazing to impasto. Color theory will be used to develop color mixing techniques. Subject matter of painting projects include still life, portraits, landscapes, and non-objective compositions. Students will explore the work of both historical and contemporary painters. Via self- and class critiques, students will evaluate their own work and that of their peers. Required participation in the college art show introduces students to proper presentation and framing methods. No prior experience required.