Fall 2017 Course Schedule 
Spring 2018 Course Schedule


    PT 100

    Foundations in Painting 

    The focus of this class is on perception and color, students learn to see the empirical world and respond to it by inventing a two-dimensional equivalent with oil paint. Exercises and assignments focus on color use, composition and content, tactile paint surfaces, and basic material instruction. This course is designed to prepare student for more advanced painting experiences by introducing the fundamental elements of the discipline of painting.

    Prerequisites : None. Required to major in Painting

    3 credits
    PT 221

    Independent Projects in Painting

    This course is designed to help students learn to create structured parameters for independent work. Students working in any discipline will develop and investigate their ideas through the lens of painting. Students/instructor discussions will establish self directed projects throughout the semester. Emphasis will be placed on form as it relates to content, research and process.

    Prerequisites : PT100 and any 2D studio elective

    3 credits
    PT 223

    Abstraction: Concepts, Methods & Techniques

    This course addresses issues of abstraction, discusses strategies and methods of abstraction, and encourages an understanding that any form of representation is an abstraction of reality. It avoids merely stylizing techniques towards the "look" of abstraction in favor of a rich historical and visual understanding of its evolution as demonstrated by Kandinsky, Malevich, Dove, O'Keefe, Mondrian and others. Contemporary abstract painting is also briefly discussed. Students explore the compression of space, flattening of the picture plane and the "simplification" and essentializing of form. Projects encourage experimentation with a variety of paints, supports and application methods as well as objective and subjective ways of perceiving the world.

    Prerequisites : PT 100 and PT 120 or PT 130

    3 credits
    PT 224

    Painting the Human Form

    This course focuses on the figure in painting, both formally and as a thematic topic. Working from the model, students develop sensitivity to painting the human form, study anatomical structure, work toward an ability to manipulate the human form in space, and utilize color to depict its visual structure. They are also able to invent forms and colors informed by the figure. Students are exposed to art historic and critical writings on common themes and issues in figurative representation such as subjectivity, narrative and the nude vs. naked, and develop a conceptual sensitivity to figurative painting.

    Prerequisites : PT 100 and any 2D studio elective

    3 credits
    PT 226


    This course focuses on the transparent watercolor medium as an effective material to create images and develop visual ideas. Students are initially taught the specific properties and use of watercolor through demonstrations, lectures, art historical references, and hands-on studio practice. Assignments and self-directed projects are structured to strengthen drawing, 2-d design, and color theory skills. Through a wide range of material investigations students begin to understand that material manipulation is a key component to communicating content. Subject matter will include still life, landscape, figure, abstraction and work from imagination. Working in watercolor is a great way to acquire a broader range of skills and techniques that will apply to the painting or illustration major or to creative, painterly work in other departments.

    Prerequisites : FN 113 and DR 100

    3 credits
    PT 227

    Hybrid Painting as Contemporary Practice

    Hybridization in the visual arts - sampling, appropriation, and the combination of different subjects, methods and materials - is a widely used and accepted approach to image making. Painters today borrow imagery, forms and styles from art history, quote directly from other artists, popular culture, and use materials and techniques from non-art contexts. This course introduces the historically complex role of the painter as one of cultural sampler. Through a variety of projects, students will experiment and expand their painting practice using research and subject matter that reflect human and global concerns. Critiques will concentrate on the balance between subject matter and aesthetic form to reinforce fundamental visual principles while encouraging exploration and investigation of personal language.

    Prerequisites : 100 level painting class

    3 credits
    PT 322

    Painting Major Studio 

    Students develop productive studio habits, explore personal themes and begin to define their own visual language. They are encouraged to investigate a variety of materials and processes. Trips to artist studios, major museums and galleries supplement the educational experience. Critiques, which include discussions, lectures and demonstrations, and a variety of visiting artists are held regularly.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    PT 351

    Introduction to the Discipline 

    This course is required for all painting majors and focuses on the evolution of Modern and Post-Modern concerns as evidenced in the history of painting and its corresponding conceptual demands. It establishes a foundation of critical ideas, vocabulary, models and strategies for students to familiarize themselves with issues pertinent to the study and practice of painting.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    PT 422

    Painting Major Studio 

    This course provides an uninterrupted opportunity for the advanced painter to develop independently. Instructors critique, lecture, give demonstrations, and participate with students in both one-on-one situations and group discussions. Emphasis is placed on developing a personal painting process, while building and sustaining an extended body of work. The course also addresses the realities of being a working artist in contemporary culture (i.e. gallery representation, grants & funding, job information, etc.). Visiting artists, trips to museums and galleries, readings and lectures help to facilitate these goals.

    Prerequisites : PT 321-322

    3 credits
    SEM 353

    Junior Seminar: Fine Art Topics/Practice

    Fine Arts - Contemporary Topics and Practice is a studio/discussion course designed to provide historical ideas, context and ground for students to more clearly define their own studio work and relationship to art history. Group conversations, field trips, in-process critiques, workshops and/or visiting artists will assist students in establishing strategies for studio research in order to isolate, identify, and pursue a meaningful subject(s) within a personal and art historical context. Students will practice voicing their attitudes, opinions and conclusions about the topics discussed in seminar and gain more confidence talking about their own practice within larger issues of history, society, and culture outside of the art world. Scheduled concurrently with other sections of junior seminar, faculty and students will have the opportunity to meet as a larger group when appropriate.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio (Craft, Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration and Design)

    This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments.

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring

    3 credits
    SEM 452

    Senior Synthesis

    This course is taken in the final semester of the senior year. It is an integral course with the studio practice. Students will be led through a guided research and writing process to identify and explore what their inspirations are for their studio work, how those interests are played out historically and what their relevance is to contemporary art and culture. The class will culminate in a fully articulated written thesis that explains and details their thesis work. Students will present their ideas at various points throughout the semester and conversations will be held about the ideas underlying their work both in the classroom and in individualized studio visits.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits