Students will gain experience in the fundamentals of painting, including composition, value, color, material choices and expressive considerations. We will explore a range of painting surfaces: paper, board, wood and wall; sizes: miniature to monumental; and paints including water and oil-based. Assignments will include still life, landscape, self-portrait and figure painting. We will also explore work informed and inspired by street art and graffiti. Readings will be assigned and discussed. Students will be expected to keep a sketchbook and to work a minimum of 6 to 8 hours a week outside of class time. This time includes painting, working in sketchbooks, preparing homework assignments, reading, writing, research, watching media and preparing presentations. Critique will be conducted informally on an ongoing and individual basis during all studio sessions and formally as a group occasionally. Sketchbooks will be checked regularly.