Painting - Undergraduate
Undergraduate painting courses at Indiana State University are
designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the
theories and practices associated with painting. Introductory
courses offer a foundational experience that allows students to
become familiar with the materials, techniques, and processes
associated with oil paint, while intermediate courses challenge
students to explore various painting media as well as more
experimental approaches to image-making; upper-level courses
encourage creative risk-taking, individually directed research, and
the development of a cohesive body of work.
Across the curriculum, students become conversant in historical and
contemporary approaches to painting through studio work, class
discussions and presentations, and written assignments; individual
and group critiques encourage students to approach their own work,
and the work of others, thoughtfully and knowledgably. Incorporation
of painting techniques and media with those of digital art, drawing,
photography, and printmaking is encouraged as a vital component of
the 2D emphasis.
Edgar Degas said, “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but
very difficult when you do.” Undergraduate painting classes at ISU
challenge students to develop a comprehensive understanding of
painting, embrace its difficulty, and begin to cultivate an
authentic, expressive, creative voice.