Curriculum Guide


  • Adrian Hatfield MFA, Ohio University, Assistant Professor (Research Interests: Oil Paintings and dioramas dealing with the visual language of science.)
  • Margi Weir MFA, University of California at Los Angeles, Assistant Professor
Part-Time Faculty:
  • Dan Keller
  • Josephine Primeau
  • Kyle Sharkey
  • Maureen Vachon

Program description:

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, and customizable lighting.
Pencil, Charcoal, Oil/Chalk Pastel, Graphite, Ink, Life Drawing, Still Life, Landscape Drawing, Individual/Class Critiques
What can you do with a degree in Drawing? Drawing majors working in related professions include: Teaching, Illustrator, Courtroom Sketch Artist, Animator, Medical Illustrator. For more careers in this field, speak to your academic advisor or the Drawing area coordinator.