PSU’s Painting Program has a strong commitment to instilling fundamentals and sound painting practices. A logical progression of complexity of issues, both technical and conceptual, is explored throughout the painting curriculum, where the primary focus is to prepare you to become a confident, self-reliant, independent artist.
Students enrolled in any of the art degree programs are required to take an introductory level course in painting, Painting I. If you choose to concentrate your studies in painting, there are several options: a bachelor of fine arts with a major in painting, a bachelor of arts with a major in painting, or a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with painting as the studio area concentration. Students with a non-studio major can also take painting as a minor.
The 2D program will provide you with a positive environment in which a broad range of artistic viewpoints can flourish. You’ll build a solid foundation of perceptual, technical, and theoretical knowledge that will help you pursue your direction of choice. Combining a sound foundation with experimentation and risk-taking is vital for the skilled artist of the future. Exposure to a variety of traditional and contemporary approaches to art making is necessary for students to make informed choices when developing individual visual ideas and directions. The faculty prides itself on nurturing diversity and independent thinking and nurtures students in their search for a personal artistic vision.