Wayne State University

Painting

Curriculum Guide

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Faculty

Jeffrey Abt
(MFA Drake University) Associate Professor of Painting an 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.
Mel 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 tradiational 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 develop aptitudes and an aesthetic understanding appropriate to the art of painting.
  • To understand the importance of deliberate and informed action in painting.
  • To value the intuitive and less rational in the painting process.
  • To fully utilize painting's expressiveness.
  • To acquire a broad range of technical skills and knowledge of painting media.
  • To appreciate the responsibility and significance of a commitment to making art.
  • To develop an heightened awareness of his/her own needs and purposes as an artist.

What makes this program unique?

Facilities
Two painting studios
Individual studio space for advanced painting majors
Equipment
Studio Lighting
Easels
Canvas / Paper
Processes
Painting various subjects (various media)
Presenting work
Class / Individual critiques
Setting up still life / model

What does the program prepare me for?

Positions
Independent Artist
Professor / Instructor
Illustrator
Painting restorer

APA 2100: BASIC PAINTING

Prereq: ADR 1060 and ADE 1210. Introduction of traditional opaque painting media such as oil, gouache, and acrylic; materials and techniques. Painting from observation. Emphasis upon form and composition.. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3 credits.

APA 2110: BEGINNING PAINTING: WATER MEDIA

Prereq: APA 2100. An introduction to transparent and opaque water-based media. Composition is based upon observation and imagination. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3 credits.

APA 2120: BEGINNING PAINTING: OIL or OTHER MEDIA

Prereq: APA 2100. Emphasis on the structure of painting within the individual's choice of imagery whether observed or invented: Still life, nature and/or abstraction. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3 credits.

APA 3110. INTERMEDIATE PAINTING: WATER MEDIA

Prereq: APA 2110. Continuation of APA 2110 with emphasis on water media compositions based on observation or imagination. Further work in aqueous media relative to individual needs. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3 credits.

APA 3120: INTERMEDIATE PAINTING: OIL AND OTHER MEDIA

Prereq: APA 2120. Continued emphasis on the structure of a painting. Individual development of the pictorial, emotional and conceptual aspects of image-making is encouraged. Individual development encouraged. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3 credits.

APA 3130: FIGURE PAINTING: WATER MEDIA

Prereq: APA 2110. Spontaneous and sustained paintings from direct observation of the human figure. Inquiry into the effects of scale, space and emotional responses is encouraged. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3 credits.

APA 3140: FIGURE PAINTING: OIL and OTHER MEDIA

Prereq: APA 2120. Sustained and gestural studies of the human figure using oil, watercolor or any other painting medium. Individual responses to scale,space, and emotional content are encouraged. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3 credits.

APA 5100: PAINTING SEMINAR

Philosophical and analytical inquiry into painting issues, past and present. Discussion of current values in art criticism and practice. Visits to exhibitions, studios, museums, galleries and private collections. 3 credits (max: 6).

APA 5110: ADVANCED WATERCOLOR

Prereq: APA 3110. Individual development of work in water media. Representational or abstract compositions are encouraged. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3 credits.

APA 5120: ADVANCED PAINTING: OIL AND OTHER MEDIA

Prereq: APA 3120. Election of more than three credits per semester requires consent of instructor. Continuation of APA 312. Individual development is encouraged. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3-6 credits (max. 18).

APA 5130: FIGURE PAINTING ADVANCED: WATER MEDIA

Prereq: APA 3130. Election of more than three credits per semester requires written consent of instructor. Continuation of APA 313. Individual development is encouraged. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3-6 credits (max. 12).

APA 5140: FIGURE PAINTING ADVANCED: OIL AND OTHER MEDIA

Prereq: APA 3140. Election of more than three credits per semester requires consent of instructor. Continuation of APA 3140. Individual development is encouraged. Material fee as indicated in Schedule of Classes. 3-6 credits (max. 12).

APA 581: DIRECTED PROJECTS: PAINTING

Prereq: written consent of instructor. Individual work supervised by the faculty on an arranged basis. 3-6 credits (Undergraduate: max. 15 credits; graduate: max. 30 credits).