Painting at the U of M is taught within the broader cultural, historical, and contemporary
context in which art is made and experienced. Within this context, our undergraduate
and graduate students have a rigorous experience in the discipline of painting. Instruction
in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other media, as well as opportunities for mixed media
exploration with other areas, is combined with an investigation and discussion of
art theory and contemporary issues. Small classes allow students to develop personal
interests, aesthetics, and thinking skills. Our faculty and visiting artists provide
both group and individual attention through lectures, demonstrations, discussions,
Students are introduced to a variety of techniques and principles about the nature
of painting with the intention of encouraging individual exploration. Undergraduate
painting students are required to take courses in the other fine art concentrations.
Because contemporary art frequently takes the form of multimedia works, painting students
often create works that incorporate other art media such as collage, photography,
drawing, sculpture, digital imagery, and installation.