Theory and Practice of Painting

Fall 2018
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Shaw Osha (Flores)
visual arts, painting, drawing

This program offers both theory and practice around the value of painting as a vital medium in contemporary visual studies. Students can expect a rigorous curriculum that includes conceptual and technical skills in painting and drawing through instruction, assignments, critique, and an integrated overview of critical visual studies. The emphasis will be on thinking with the materiality of the medium of painting (its temporal, bodily, and formal attributes) in relation to its social, historical, and contemporary visual contexts that include current discourses around the complexities of representation. There will be lecture, reading, seminar, and writing along with studio production and critique. We will attend the Art Lecture Series where a range of interdisciplinary artists, writers, and scholars present their work, process, and research. Students can expect to gain aptitudes in visual literacy in regards to the interdependence of form and content, painting and drawing skills, a general understanding of art historical concepts in contemporary context, verbal critique, essay writing, and critical reasoning. There will be an overnight field trip to Seattle or Portland to visit artists' studios and museum and gallery exhibitions.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: visual and media arts, art history, visual studies, museum studies, media studies, humanities, and education.

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Special expenses:

Expect to spend $150-$250 on painting supplies


$270 for an overnight field trip to Seattle or Portland to visit artists' studios and museum and gallery exhibitions.


Students must have both the academic breadth and depth to do advanced work in the arts. In addition to a broad liberal arts foundation, students must have some background in at least one of the following areas: media studies, visual art, art history, or visual studies. All students must be prepared to commit to a regular studio and research practice, collaborative as well as individual creative projects to work on college-level academic reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills.

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia