department of art & art history

FIne Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881


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The Department of Art and Art History’s studio program in painting engages students in an intense self-reflective search for meaning, in cultural as well as social representation, through the development of hands-on technical skills, visual reasoning, and an understanding of historical and social ideas, movements and traditions. Our painting courses embrace diverse approaches and working methods, ranging from direct observation practices to projects and ideas driven entirely by guided free-form thinking and imagination.

Our faculty cultivate the freedom and discipline necessary to this creative process by encouraging students to challenge preconceived notions about painting, to have an open, playful and experimental attitude, and a willingness to set higher goals for each new assignment. We aim to be a place where ideas are openly examined, discussed, and refined.

students in  class with instructor viewing a painting Our Goals

• Show traditional and emerging trends in the field of painting through historical and contemporary contexts
• Instill self-discipline while fostering an atmosphere of freedom
• Create personal interest within each student that leads to strong self-directed concepts, and a process of executing that concept into a final project
• Continue to foster a place where interdisciplinary learning culminates into high levels of experimentation and exploration

Our Facilities

The heart of our painting courses is our large studio space. Other areas heavily used by students are the design room where two large format printers are housed for digital projects in painting and drawing, and the Project Gallery where in-progress painting projects are often displayed for intensive critiques.

Painting students are also strongly encouraged to incorporate printmaking, digital media, drawing and photographic skills into their work.

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