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Drawing and Painting

Develop your expressive direction through the study of representational, abstract and inter-media approaches to drawing and painting. As you explore historical and contemporary methods you will be encouraged to enhance your technical and conceptual skill, as well as expand your ability to choose a path through the expansive field of contemporary image production.

Student WorkAngelica Yudasto, BFA 2016, on left
Elise McCall, BFA 2017, on right

Michelle Ross, Department Head
Brian Shannon
Georgiana Nehl

Visiting Artists
Bruce Conkle
Nan Curtis
MK Guth
Anya Kivarkis
Jen Delos Reyes
Mark Smith
Bobbi Woods

Area of Study Requirements

First year - Third year
Take two 100-level courses, two 200-level courses, and two 300-level courses from the courses listed below.
DR106 Introduction to Painting
DR113 Drawing: Color and Process
DR202 Beginning Life Drawing
DR205 Painting Studio
DR300 Advanced Topic in Drawing and Painting
DR303 Advanced Life Drawing
DR490/491 Drawing Tutorial

Fourth year
Take all courses listed below.
ST401 Senior Seminar I
ST402 Senior Seminar II
TH495 Thesis Studio
TH498 Thesis Studio

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The Vollum Drawing, Painting, and Photography Building houses the large open drawing, painting, and design studio/classrooms with a beautifully designed array of skylights and windows for natural light. A variety of studio equipment and a large supply of still life props are available for use. The department’s tool shop includes a variety of saws and hand tools.


Learn more about the College's programs of study:

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)

The Certificate in Craft