Oil Paint is the medium of instruction for beginners because it is the most flexible and versatile painting medium and it is also the primary medium used over time in the development of painting technique. In Painting III and IV students may chose to work in another medium experimentation is encouraged but on the introductory level it is best to learn one medium well. 

At the first level of painting students learn how to handle the medium through such techniques as flat paint application, blending, impasto, glazing and scumbling, and wet into wet. Students work further with compositional skills acquired in Drawing I and Two Dimensional Design to create images with interest and tension as well as pleasing relationships of color, scale, texture, value and line.  Students learn how to mix color, which means having a grasp of color theory and relationships. Students come to understand how color relates to space. Basic skills involved in rendering are covered: how to minutely observe surface detail and color and light to “paint what you see.” 

At the second level, students consolidate skills learned at the beginning level and progress to more difficult and challenging problems in representation and abstraction.  At the next levels students broaden their field of reference to include the work of contemporary painters and work on problems that are important to the contemporary moment in painting.  They also are trying to identify the style and subjects which engage them as art practitioners.

Facilities Painting has 7,333 square feet of studio space open 24 hours a day.  This area includes individual studio spaces for students with an emphasis in the discipline. 

Painting Faculty Sarah Gutwirth is a professor of painting. She received her MFA from Pratt Institute, a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and a BA in Art from Reed College. 

Contact Information Sarah Gutwirth

Courses Offered 

ART 330 Introduction to Painting I (3). This course covers basics of color theory and materials and techniques of painting in oil. Problems stress the mastery of the medium first, and then using it to render from observation. ART 101, 111, and 201 are prerequisites or permission of instructor. Six hours per week. Required course for teacher certification. 

ART 333 Painting II (3). Continuation of ART 330. Prerequisite: ART 330. 

ART 334 Painting III (3). Conceptual Problems in Painting. Prerequisite: ART 333. 

ART 433 Painting IV (3). Advanced problems. Prerequisite: ART 334. 

ART 434 Painting V (3). Exploration of painting ideas with emphasis on personal development, criticism and discussion. Prerequisite: ART 433. 

ART 533 Painting VI (3). Exploration of painting ideas with emphasis on personal development, criticism and discussion. Prerequisite: ART 434. 

ART 534 Painting VII (3). Continuation of ART 533. Prerequisite: ART 533.

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