PSU’s Painting Program has a strong commitment to instilling fundamentals and sound painting practices. A logical progression of complexity of issues, both technical and conceptual, is explored throughout the painting curriculum, where the primary focus is to prepare you to become a confident, self-reliant, independent artist.
Students enrolled in any of the art degree programs are required to take an introductory level course in painting, Painting I. If you choose to concentrate your studies in painting, there are several options: a bachelor of fine arts with a major in painting, a bachelor of arts with a major in painting, or a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with painting as the studio area concentration. Students with a non-studio major can also take painting as a minor.
The 2D program will provide you with a positive environment in which a broad range of artistic viewpoints can flourish. You’ll build a solid foundation of perceptual, technical, and theoretical knowledge that will help you pursue your direction of choice. Combining a sound foundation with experimentation and risk-taking is vital for the skilled artist of the future. Exposure to a variety of traditional and contemporary approaches to art making is necessary for students to make informed choices when developing individual visual ideas and directions. The faculty prides itself on nurturing diversity and independent thinking and nurtures students in their search for a personal artistic vision.
Studio Art Option
|Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.|
|AR 1045||Art Foundations 2D: Composition and Content||4|
|AR 1065||Art Foundations 3D: Materials and Meaning||4|
|AR 1075||Art Foundations Drawing: Line and Language||4|
|AR 1080||Art Foundations: Digital and New Media (TECO)||4|
|AR 2520||Drawing: Figure in Value||4|
|AR 3010||Painting: Theory and Process||3|
|Ceramics Elective - complete one of the following:||4|
|Printmaking Elective - complete one of the following:||4|
|Sculpture Elective - complete one of the following:||4|
|Studio Electives - complete 8-9 credits of 3000/4000 level courses from ONE of the following areas: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture [not ARDI]||8-9|
|AH 1130||Art History Foundations: 12 Monuments||3|
|AH 1140||Art History Foundations: Visual Culture||3|
|AH 2700||20/21: Art Since 1900 (WRCO)||3|
|AH 3100||Contemporary Art Seminar (INCO)||3|
|IS 1111||The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry||3|
|CTDI||Creative Thought Directions||6|
|PPDI||Past and Present Directions||6|
|SIDI||Scientific Inquiry Directions||6-8|
|SSDI||Self and Society Directions||6|
|Foreign Language (GACO)||8|
The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-8 credits: one year of one language (6-8 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.
*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.