BFA Course Schedule: Fall 2020

BFA Course Schedule: Spring 2021

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    PT 421

    PT 421 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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : PT 321-322

    3 credits
    PT 100

    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 a student for more advanced painting experiences by introducing the fundamental elements of the discipline of painting. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisites.

    No Prerequisites

    Additional Notes : Required to major in Painting.

    3 credits
    PT 120

    PT 120 Perception-Imagination-Abstraction

    This course allows students to develop their fundamental painting skills, including color theory and material manipulation, while exploring historical and contemporary approaches to traditional genres of painting. Emphasis is placed on formal issues, color use and facility with the material. Students will work from direct observation, memory and imagination. Art historical topics including the manipulation of 2D space, abstraction and representation, the narrative and the development of content through the use of signs and symbols will be discussed. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisites.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    PT 130

    PT 130 Beginning Figure Painting

    This course allows students to develop their fundamental painting skills, including color theory and material manipulation, while focusing on the human subject, with an early exposure to the figure that is formal in its focus. Students practice rendering the figure's structure and surface, and learn how to use its form to create different compositions, how to mix the colors needed to approximate skin tones and how the surface of the skin responds to various light conditions. This class is essential for any student interested in painting in the figurative vein but who needs the experience of working from the model to establish an understanding of anatomy. Students are also introduced to a wide range of figurative painters, both contemporary and historic, and begin to bring narrative concepts to their works. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisites.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    PT 200

    PT 200 Painting: Light & Space

    This course is designed to teach students to see and manipulate color to build light, space and atmosphere in paintings. We will practice using visual tools, including compositional development, and the physical qualities of paint as a means of expression. All of the visual "tools" students possess are exercised to push their work to a more sophisticated level. Processes that encourage concept development are built into the assignments. Students will work from the observed world, as well as imagination and be encouraged to develop a personal vocabulary. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : PT 100

    3 credits
    PT 221

    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. Specific materials will be determined by the nature of the independent project. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : PT100 and any 2D studio elective (100-level sculpture or print elective may substitute PT100 with instructor permission).

    3 credits
    PT 321

    PT 321 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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Major standing.

    3 credits
    PT 322

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : PT 321

    3 credits
    PT 351

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Major standing.

    3 credits
    PT 422

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : PT 421

    3 credits
    SEM 353

    3YR 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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring.

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 2.5 hours/week.\

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring.

    3 credits
    SEM 452

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 3 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Must be in your senior year.

    3 credits