Within the painting area there are three separate yet integrated units. The undergraduate earning a Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree which requires a fifth year, and the Master of Fine Arts degree which requires a minimum of two years beyond the B.F.A. degree.
Painting offers a range of undergraduate courses in painting and drawing. Drawing introduces students to the relationships between seeing and thinking and making, which are central to artistic practice. Through an exploration of many drawing modes and materials, students investigate ways of seeing, visual problem solving, the construction of space and how meaning is experienced through visual language. Beginning Painting introduces students to the basic techniques and practices of oil painting, as well as ways of seeing and translating visual experience and constructing meaning through painting. All courses are taught by a range of Painting faculty, exposing students to many different ways of thinking, approaches and intentions. Upper division courses in painting and drawing explore more complex problems of meaning, form, materials and language, and emphasize the development of an independent practice. Courses incorporate intensive studio work, individual, group discussions and critiques, as well as slide lectures and presentations. Our objective is for students to develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of the history and context of painting and contemporary concerns, as they cultivate their own work. By experiencing a broad range of approaches and ideas, individuals are encouraged to develop a painting practice that is relevant to their ideas and sensibility.
Drawing has always been a large part of the curriculum at the University of Oregon and students from all areas of the Fine Arts Department are required to take at least two basic drawing classes. After basic drawing classes, students may elect to take upper-division drawing which has a wide range of classes and instructors to choose from.
Study involves a fifth year of intensive studio work in painting, beyond the four-year BA/BS degree in Art. It is designed to help students make the transition from classwork to an independent body of work, which will prepare them for artistic practice or graduate school. Emphasizing studio practice, students are provided with full-time, shared studio space and are expected to develop rigorous and consistent work habits. Via independent study with the faculty, students develop and extend their work. Throughout the year, students participate in the Advanced Painting class with the MFA students and engage in rigorous group critiques, discussions and readings. Our aim is for students to leave the program with an understanding of their own intentions and visual language, some strategies for sustaining an artistic practice, critical thinking skills, an understanding of the historical context and contemporary possibilities of painting and drawing.
ARTP 281 Introductory Painting I (4R)
Basic visual elements and their application to painting as a means of expression. Incorporates traditional subject matter: still life, landscape, figure. Sequence with ARTP 381. Prereq: ART 115, 116, 233.
ARTP 381 Introductory Painting II (4)
Integrates concepts and approaches introduced in ARTP 281 to develop more individual and complex strategies of form and meaning. Sequence with ARTP 281. Prereq: ARTP 281.
ARTP 390 Intermediate and Advanced Painting (4R)
Advanced painting concepts and technical processes. Independent initiative is encouraged. Prereq: ARTP 381. Repeatable twice for a total of 12 credits.
ARTP 391 Intermediate and Advanced Drawing (4R)
Continued study in observation related to visual and spatial phenomena. Prereq: two terms of ART 233 or 333. Repeatable twice for a total of 12 credits.
ARTP 481 Advanced Painting Practice (4R)
Pursuit of individual creative practice and forming the critical intelligence necessary to develop as an artist. Sequence with ARTP 281, 381, 390. Prereq: two terms ARTP 390.
ARTP 490/590 Issues and Practices in Painting (3–5R)
Intensive critique, discussion, readings, and presentations for BFA and MFA students. BFA or MFA standing required.
ARTP 491/591 Advanced Drawing (5R)
Explores drawing in the expanded field, an experimental practice applicable to a broad range of media and ideas. Intended for students engaged in advanced, independent work.
Career Instructor, Drawing