The painting and drawing area emphasizes the broad range of practices currently available to artists. Contemporary painting, life drawing, figurative painting, and specialized courses in narrative drawing and drawing for animators are among the many offerings in this area.
Students are exposed to techniques, styles, methods, and processes relative to images both representational and abstract. Exercises aim to convey the illusion of visual experience by describing form, light, value, color, texture, and spatial depth. Additionally, each cohort develops analytical skills and critical awareness, as well as a vocabulary related to the discussion of critical issues. In a world that communicates increasingly through pictures, these are essential skills.
Anatomical or life drawing and painting courses function as a transition from an emphasis on technique to one on conceptual skills, with compositional, gestural, and interpretive elements. Advanced courses develop knowledge of composition, scale, and spatial perception; to gain knowledge in the theoretical and practical aspects of color and its application. Advanced courses yield a body of work that reveal personal expression, create awareness and raise questions about conceptual and perceptual processes.