Through their art, painters call attention to the world within and around us. Using oils, acrylics, watercolors, and mixed media, they invite us to see things through their eyes. They're curious, following their vision and desire to create through abstraction and realism. Painters explore new voices, new ways of seeing and thinking about the world through their love affair with the paintbrush.
The Painting program at KCAD exposes students to all major forms and genres—landscape, figure, abstract, still life, and mixed media. You'll study representational painting, abstraction, and concept development. Study the medium's rich history and develop a vocabulary for discussion and critique. You will attend fine art seminars to boost your studio work with critical reflection and research into aesthetics. And by all means, get some paint smudges on your clothes and face in the spacious, naturally lit classrooms or 24-hour private studio spaces.Ready to get started? Apply now!
To explore the elements, principles and aesthetic concepts integral to three-dimensional design and to consider relationships between concept, process, materials, tools and technical skills. (Students who have earned credit for ARTS 120, 3-D Design, may not use credit earned in KCSF 11 to meet graduation requirements.)
Emphasizes gesture drawing, sighting the figure, basic compositional concerns, precise linear construction, and structural aspects of the figure. Anatomical focus is on the skeletal structure and its effect on surface form. Tonal construction introduced late in the semester.
The process of drawing as observation and conceptualization through eye-hand coordination. Emphasizes linear construction with concern for accurate proportion and simple positive-negative/figure-ground relationships. Includes an in-depth study of linear perspective. (Students who have earned FSU credit for VISC 112 Drawing I, may not use credit earned in KCDR 131 to meet graduation requirements.
Emphasis on development of convincing illusion of three-dimensional objects, through the combined use of line, value, proportion, and composition. This course focuses on the further refinement of the concepts, processes, and techniques introduced in Drawing I. Expanded exploration of perspective, composition, color investigation, media exploration, and idea development within traditional subject matter will be emphasized.
Continued reinforcement of concerns introduced in Figure Drawing I. Additional emphasis on developing the illusion of volume and mass through structural application of line and value (tonality). Hands, feet, and heads/faces are explored in greater depth. Simple compositional environment is introduced. Anatomical focus is on the study of musculature and its effect on surface form.
This course is designed to guide students through the career-oriented aspects of working as a fine artist. Course work will include information on applying for grants and exhibitions, documenting artwork, compiling a resume and applying for graduate school.
Focuses on an in-depth examination of those strategic points at which social practice, theory, and the practice of art intersect. Students will read from key Postmodernist/Poststructuralist theoretical texts.
A problem-solving course covering the principles of composition and modular design systems. Uses predominately abstract shapes and black, white, and achromatic gray ranges.(Students who have earned credit for VISC 110, Design I, may not use credit earned in KCPA 110 to meet graduation requirements.)
A problem-solving course which studies the properties and interactions of color and its resulting perceptual effects in pictorial space.
The first course that deals exclusively with the medium of oil painting. Observation of nature and the depiction of solid three-dimensional form in illusionistic space are the central concerns. Emphasis is primarily on still life painting; some figure/portrait painting may be introduced. Also surveys Western painting and the traditional techniques pertaining to that history.
This course will act as an introduction to figure painting with special emphasis on anatomy, structure, proportion and measuring. Tonal and restrictive palettes will be used in conjunction with basic painting techniques.
Reinforces the techniques learned in Beginner Figure Painting. Reviews life drawing issues within the context of paint handling, its chemistry, rules of permanence, and color mixing with particular emphasis on the complexities of mixing flesh tones. In addition, familiarizes students with the history of figure painting in Western art.
Emphasizes the light and color of the landscape in various weather conditions using oil and water based paints.
Explores varying degrees of painterly abstraction. Non-objective/formalist painting issues will be investigated in conjunction with experimentation with mixed-media painting techniques. The course will start out with a structured series of projects but will eventually focus on the student’s individual artistic direction.
Emphasizes the development of concepts within the context of traditional and non-traditional medium. Students will be encouraged to explore a range of strategies to include visual analogy, language, appropriation, deconstruction, narrative and allegorical approaches. The course will also introduce mixed media painting techniques as it relates to concept.
An introductory course emphasizing the passage of the brush, the technical applications of color, and the particularities of the watercolor medium in working towards effective visual statements.
Focuses on independent studio work on the part of the student. Emphasis will be placed on student’s ability to develop ideas, themes, and motifs of personal significance and the formal, technical skills to successfully execute their work. The course will also examines important theoretical and aesthetic issues related to art and will review major figures in contemporary painting.
Examines issues related to painting the figure in an environment, the multi-figure composition, the figure in an architectural setting, the figure in the landscape, and other related problems. Begins with a classical emphasis; later, explores painterly and abstract approaches to the figure and the figure as a vehicle for creative expression.
Focuses on the production of a unified body of work emphasizing conceptual development and creative decision-making. Includes individual and group critiques.
Emphasizes responsibility for the creation of a cohesive body of work that displays conceptual continuity and technical integrity. Includes individual and group critiques. The student is required to install a thesis exhibition to complete the BFA in Painting.
The course will examine the techniques and processes of the encaustic medium including brushwork, intarsia, carving, drawing and photo transfer, and wax collage. A brief history of the medium will be presented along with instruction in making pigmented wax, wax glaze and wax brush cleaner.
An overview of the Western Art tradition from prehistory through the Renaissance using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 110, Prehistoric through Middle Ages, may not use credit earned in KCAH 111 to meet graduation requirements.)
A survey of Western art from the Baroque to the present, this course will continue building upon the foundation of Western Art I; Prehistoric through the Renaissance, using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 111, Renaissance through 20th Century, may not use credit earned in KCAH 112 to meet graduation requirements.)
An examination of the concept of Modernism and how it is expressed in Western art and architecture from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 310, History of Twentieth Century Art, may not use credit earned in KCAH 311.)
An indepth study of fine art and theory from 1960 to the present.
Focuses on using writing both to develop critical thinking skills and to express ideas clearly and appropriately according to audience and purpose. Students will engage in a variety of writing modes and will spend a portion of the semester engaging in scholarly research and the documentation of source-based materials. (Students who have earned credit for ENG 150, English I, may not use credit earned in KCHU 120 to meet graduation requirements.)
Presents concepts and develops oral and rhetorical skills appropriate for formal presentations, with emphasis on prepared, extemporaneous, and impromptu speaking. (Students who have earned credit for COMM 121. Fundamentals of Public Speaking, may not use credit earned in KCHU 121 to meet graduation requirements.)
Focuses on the analysis of numerous forms of visual discourse, including their rhetorical effectiveness, impact on audiences, and social/cultural influences.
An exploration of the philosophical nature of beauty, art, and taste.
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