Advanced Painting

This class is designed to introduce a painting practice that is akin to how working artists approach painting projects. Students will gain experience working on multiple pieces at the same time.

On the first day the class, students will begin three paintings that will be worked on simultaneously, until their resolution at the end of the semester. This will provide the opportunity to fully develop the work, both conceptually and materially.

Painting work time will be punctuated by peer critiques and class discussions. There will be two optional (outside of class time) field trips. One visit will be to the instructor's studio in the Northrup King Building, and another trip to Mia. / Materials fee of $17 in addition to course tuition. / Open to students ages 18 and above. / View complete policies.

Prerequisites: Previous drawing or painting experience.

What to bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook.

Substrates: One 3 x 3’ canvas; one 40 x 60” canvas; one 4 x 4’ piece of Arches Cover White paper; one 18 x 24” wooden panel. The class will prime these substrates in class the first day. If students want to buy pre-made canvases and cannot find these exact sizes, they should buy whatever is closest to the dimensions.

Brushes: The class will be painting in a variety of styles which will necessitate a variety of brush sizes. It is recommended that students have brushes from as small as a #2, all the way up to 2-3” house-painting brushes.

Other: At least two metal palette knives; one 32 ounce bottle of Gamsol solvent; at least a 32 ounce jar of gesso (the jarred variety because the gesso that comes in a bottle, while cheaper, is thinner and necessitates more coats); one roll of white artist tape; one tablet of disposable palette paper or a glass palette; a good supply of cloth rags.

Necessary oil colors: (all in large tube size) titanium white; yellow ochre; alizarin crimson; cadmium red medium; ultramarine blue; cobalt blue; phthalo green; cadmium green light; cadmium yellow light.

What to wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity. An apron or smock may come in handy.

Register Before: February 12
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.
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Course Details

CSFA 5110 SP20
Date Start: 
Monday, February 17, 2020
Date End: 
Monday, April 13, 2020
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Main Building, Room 300
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above
Days of Week: 
Drawing and Painting
New Classes
Previous drawing or painting experience