Wayne State University


Curriculum Guide

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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

Recent Part-Time Faculty

Ani Garabedian, Josephine Primeau

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?

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

What does the program prepare me for?

Independent Artist
Professor / Instructor
Painting restorer