Wayne State University


Curriculum Guide

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Jeffrey Abt
(MFA Drake University) Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing
Research Interests: Paintings and constructions exploring display and transience; writings on museum history.
Adrian Hatfield
(MFA Ohio University) Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing
Research Interests: Oil Paintings and dioramas dealing with the visual language of science.
Melvin Rosas
(MFA Temple University) Professor of Painting and Drawing
Research Interests: Painting: imagery influenced by latin culture, icons and signage.
Margi Weir
(MFA University of California at Los Angeles) Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing

Recent Part-Time Faculty

Dan Keller, Josephine Primeau, Kyle Sharkey, Maureen Vachon

Program description

What is this program?

The Painting and Drawing program, which has a long history of producing nationally prominent artists, offers a diverse array of courses designed to prepare students pursuing careers in art. It is based on providing a solid foundation in painting and drawing fundamentals through a rich exploration of traditional media and techniques. Intermediate and advanced courses encourage students to develop a critical and conceptual approach to their contemporary art and culture. The program includes a graduate curriculum offering Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in both Painting and Drawing.

What will I study?

  • To train students to effectively compose and visually translate a three-dimensional reality into a two-dimensional plane through drawing based on observation and imagination.
  • To gain competence in the use of traditional dry and wet drawing media.
  • To gain experience in the appropriate selection of medium and approach for the idea at hand.
  • To understand the potential of drawing to function as an end in itself, as well as a preliminary study for another medium.
  • To introduce and develop the formal vocabulary of drawing; composition and design, perspective, anatomy, and other concepts necessary for aspiring artists to self-evaluate their work.

What makes this program unique?

Life Drawing Studio - Complete with 20 Easels, Drawing Boards and Drawing Horses.
Basic Drawing Studio - Complete with 20 drafting tables.
Rooms complete with props and tables for still life setups and ventilated fixative spraying units.
Customizable lighting.
Oil/Chalk Pastel
Life Drawing
Still life
Landscape drawing
Individual/Class Critiques

What does the program prepare me for?

  • Illustrator
  • Professor/Instructor
  • Independent Artist