The studio art program offers emphasis in painting and drawing or a combination of these two areas.
Although a student may choose to emphasize one or the other, within this studio drawing and painting are not seen as separate activities, but as interrelated and integrated. Indeed, drawing is seen as important preparation for the artist’s ability to think visually in any medium.
The ability to create and realize three-dimensional form on a two-dimensional surface––and to extend the objectification of a perceptual viewing of the world into symbolic and expressive realms--is a focus of introductory classes in this emphasis.
Study of contemporary and historical works, readings in contemporary criticism and
writings by other artists, trips to regional museums and galleries, and instruction
in techniques and materials provide a solid point of departure for subsequent studio
The emphasis in painting and drawing is not dogmatic. Rather it encourages each student to develop, through the practice of painting and drawing, a personally expressive visual language of form and color.