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

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