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ARTS 120: Fundamentals of Painting

Welcome to the homepage for my introductory painting course. This page contains links to your courses syllabus, schedule of assignments, quizzes, materials lists, and everything else you will need for this course.  

This introductory studio course focuses on the basic techniques and materials of painting, focusing on the development of observational skills using traditional oil paints.  Topics include basic color theory, materials, development and representational and abstract approaches to subject matter, and strategies for intuitive, individual response to subject matter and materials in directed assignments.  Designed for students with no prior experience with painting. 

Additionally, students will learn how to critique paintings and receive criticism and advice from fellow students and the instructor.  Learning to articulate artistic concepts and processes using discipline-specific vocabulary is a fundamental part of arts education.  This course will focus heavily on this practice. 

Course Student Learning Outcomes ~ Students sucessfully completing this course should be able to:

  • Produce finished paintings that incorporate historical and contemporary approaches to representation, style, material practices, and color theory.
  • Evaluate and critique paintings and receive criticism from others.


Sinkander Painting 

"Riding the Ridden"

Shahzia Sikander
Vegetable color, dry pigment, watercolor, tea, on hand prepared Wasli paper, 8 x 5 1/2 inches