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Skidmore College
Art Department


AR 101  Introduction to Painting   3
An introduction to painting as a medium of visual expression. Emphasis is placed upon exploration of formal and technical concerns. Basic studies include drawing and will explore a variety of subject matter and media directed toward the organization of the two-dimensional plane. Summer only. Not open to Skidmore art majors.
Fulfills arts requirement. Lab fee: $25

AR 201 Painting I  4
An introduction to the physical and expressive properties of oil painting. Anchored in tradition, oil paint is a provocative and enduring medium through which students will study composition, experiment with paint handling, explore color relationships, and refine observational skills. Students will investigate historical and contemporary painters to build an understanding of the relationships among technique, subject, and meaning. Class critiques as well as individual discussions with the instructor are a significant aspect of this course. AR 134 Color is recommended as preparation for this course.
Prerequisites: AR 133 Note(s): Fulfills arts requirement. Lab/ Credit Fee $25.

AR 234  Watercolor   4
Exploration of the materials and methods used in watercolor painting. Included will be dry and wet paper techniques, resist processes, and experimental painting. Conventional methods of illustrating the figure and landscape will also be stressed.
Prerequisites: AR 131, 133, 134. Lab fee: $25

AR 311  Intermediate Painting   4
A continuation of painting concepts explored in AR201, designed to further acquaint students with technical processes, formal relationships, and conceptual issues. Structured assignments employing direct observation (including the figure) and invention provide a context for development of a personal vision. Other assignments will refer to historical and contemporary movements and painting methods with readings and discussions.
Prerequisite: AR 201. Lab fee: $25

AR 332  Advanced Painting   4
Further investigation of formal, expressive, and technical aspects of painting. This course emphasizes individual exploration of structured assignments, leading toward self-directed studio practice. Readings and discussions complement studio practice. Emphasis is placed upon more individual exploration of assigned formal problems in the studio.
Prerequisite: AR 311. May be taken for credit three times with permission of instructor. Lab fee: $25



AR 133



AR 201



AR 311

Intermediate Painting



Figure Painting


AR 332

Advanced Painting

(may be repeated three times for credit)