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The facilities for painting courses are located on the third floor of the Black Family Visual Arts Center. The supplementary course fee for introductory level painting (SART025) covers a basic painting kit, including 12 cans of oil paint, 8 paintbrushes, two palette knives, a palette scraper, and credit at the Hopkins Center Woodworking Workshop for making canvas stretchers. In upper level painting and with independent studies, students purchase materials from a painting supplies catalog with a subset of their course fee. Canvas, gamsol, linseed oil, and paper are provided to all students enrolled in painting classes.
Introductory painting provides instruction in basic color theory and color mixing, advancing techniques learned in Drawing I to the medium of oil paint. Students will work from still life, models, and self-portraits, and learn various techniques for applying paint to create texture, light, and form.