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Focus Area Templates & Course Descriptions

Beginning Summer C 2012

This applies to all freshman art majors entering the Department of Art Summer C 2012 or later and all incoming transfer art majors as of summer 2013 or later. All BA and BFA students are required to complete the required Foundations courses and one focus area (see templates below), though BFA students are encouraged to complete two focus areas.  Students must declare their focus area by the time they reach 90 credit hours. Please be mindful of prerequisites and co-requisites for advanced courses.

Painting
The Painting Area at FSU embraces and encourages multiple philosophies and approaches to painting. We thrive under a strong commitment to experimentation and an open exchange of ideas. As a student, you will benefit from: - Our diverse faculty of active, working artists, whose work is featured in galleries and museums around the world. - A fusion of the traditional and the experimental to create an approach to learning that allows students to push the boundaries of painting while honing their craft. - A flexible curriculum that allows each student to build an individualized program from an expansive menu of courses.
First Take
Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
This course is an introduction to personal expression in painting medium; emphasizes color, composition, and painting techniques through historical examples and technical demonstrations. Offered fall and spring semesters
Prerequisites:
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
And/Or
Experimental Painting (ART3561)
This course is an investigation of non-traditional painting materials and approaches in the context of "hybridization." Over the course of the semester, several topics in the use of new technologies of production are covered. Offered spring semesters.
Prerequisites:
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
AND take at least THREE
Intermediate Painting (ART3522)
This intensive studio course offers painting as a means of investigating content and concepts, The emphasis is on developing ideas while refining techniques of handling paint. Offered every semester. May be repeated to a maximum of six credit hours.
Prerequisites:
  • Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
Figure Painting (ART3560)
This course uses the nude figure as the focus of study. The emphasis shifts towards the development of more personal expressions and personal development in terms of painting style and technique. Offered every semester. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
Prerequisites:
  • Figure Drawing Foundations (ART2330C)
  • Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
Painting Materials and Techniques (ART3590)
this course explores basic principles of the layered painting techniques that developed and flourished in the 15th through the 20th centuries and examines how varying approaches to illusion, form, color, and content, are intrinsic to the expressive aims of painting. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
Prerequisites:
  • Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
  • Intermediate Painting (ART3522)
Aqueous Painting (ART3542C)
This course is an investigation of acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and flash processes and techniques. A very intense study that requires exploration of watercolor to its fullest potential. Offered every semester. May be repeated to a maximum of six credit hours.
Prerequisites:
  • Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
Color Theory Foundations (ART2205C)
This course offers experiments in color perception and in the uses of color in visual communication and expression. Offered at least once per year.
Advanced Painting (ART4520)
This course provides an advanced undergraduate studio experience, where students direct their semester projects. This course is designed for students in the BFA program with a concentration in 2-D art. Each student is provided with opportunities to expand their understanding, production, and quality of their work through critique, group discussion, lectures, and presentations. Offered every spring semester. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
Prerequisites:
  • Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
  • Intermediate Painting (ART3522)
Advanced Painting Workshop: Rotating Thematic Focus (ART4928C)
Many semesters, one specialized thematic painting class will be offered. Topics include, but are not limited to: "Narrative", "Non-Objective", "Plein-Air", and "2-D into 3-D Hybrid". Offered every semester.
Prerequisites:
  • Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
  • Intermediate Painting (ART3522)
Advanced Painting Workshop: Rotating Thematic Focus (ART4929C)
Many semesters, one specialized thematic painting class will be offered. Topics include, but are not limited to: "Narrative", "Non-Objective", "Plein-Air", and "2-D into 3-D Hybrid". Offered every semester.
Prerequisites:
  • Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
  • Intermediate Painting (ART3522)
Media Painting/Drawing Workshop: Rotating Thematic Focus (ART4921C)
Many semesters, one specialized thematic painting class will be offered. Topics include, but are not limited to: "Narrative", "Non-Objective", "Plein-Air", and "2-D into 3-D Hybrid". Offered every semester.
Prerequisites:
  • Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
  • Intermediate Painting (ART3522)