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Painting and Art Appreciation

Painting students are influenced in every niche of the art experience beginning with an Art Appreciation course to put art into perspective in their personal lives. Students develop their skills in the painting classes through work on specific projects that incorporate color mixing with the additive color wheel approach, work with visual elements, atmospheric perspective, overlap, transparency, trompel'oeil, pattern and brush stroke, proportions, and a variety of materials. Local art lectures and involvement in the end of the semester art exhibition make students feel comfortable and welcome in the art community.

Gallery visits, artist studio tours, student exhibitions and critiques enrich students' understanding of the life of an artist, increase their ability for self-expression and point the way to a potential career path. In small intimate classes, students work through the levels of painting offered at WNMU, developing technical skills, expanding their ideas about subject matter, and experiencing personal growth through exploration of paint.

Painting courses at WNMU start from the very beginner and run through graduate level.  Beginners (Painting I and II) are given particular assignments which help to build their technical skills so that in more advanced courses (Painting III and through the graduate level) they will have the tools to bring their ideas to fruition. All of the the projects assigned are meant to be viable works of art, projects the instructor would want to do.  Even the beginners who feel that they have little or no ability are amazed at what they are capable of creating.  It is important for students to clear their minds from any past negative comments they might have heard about their artistic abilities in order to work in a stress free environment and to be able to focus on their projects. 

The Painting Studio has a library of art books to use for reference.  Students are also introduced to artists they may not be familiar with yet have a direct realtionship to assignments or discussions with weekly lectures along with projected images. 

In all levels of painting, non-toxic water soluable paint (watercolor, gouache, acrylic) is used on a variey of surfaces (paper, metal, wood, canvas) to create paintings in many sizes, shapes and proportions in order to be able to compose in a variety of ways.  At the end of each semester there is an opportunity for students to exhibit their work along with other Expressive Art students.  These shows are very well attended by students, their friends and family as well as the community. Each semester is a new adventure. 

Please contact Judith Meyer if you have any questions or would like to visit the Painting Studio:
meyerj@wnmu.edu
575-538-6443

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