Fall 2018 Course Schedule 
Spring 2019 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 200

    Painting Light & Space

    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" they 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 and any two of the following: painting elective, drawing class (except DR 100), 2D studio elective, monoprint/type class.

    Prerequisites : PT 100 and any two of the following: painting elective, drawing class (except DR 100), 2D studio elective, monoprint/type class.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 6 hours/week.

    3 credits
    PT 225

    Water Media

    This course examines the relationship of specific water-based painting media and techniques to the content and activity of painting. The sequencing and techniques of water-based media are often opposite and / or drastically different than those of oil painting. Significant developments in the acrylic paint industry facilitate completely different potential for creative painterly expression (new mediums, grounds, techniques, and paints). Students will explore and combine a variety of water media with the expectation of discovering a new, personal approach to creating images and developing visual ideas. Students are initially taught the specific properties and use of watercolor, gouache, and acrylic and then work to combine these media with pastel, watercolor pencil, watercolor crayons, and tempera. Demonstrations, lectures, and art historical references will impart a basic understanding of methods and materials. Emphasis will be placed on facility with material, understanding of formal issues, color use, and quality and range of investigations.

    Prerequisites : PT 226 Watercolor or PT100, FN 113 - 2D Design and/or DR 100.

    3 credits
    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.

    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 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.

    Prerequisites : PT 321-322.

    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