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As one of three areas of emphasis in Fine Arts, Painting students learn the basic principles, techniques, and concepts of painting and drawing while developing their talent. Students learn to translate their ideas, passions, and interests into compelling works of art. 

Students are exposed to the ideas and methods that make up the long, rich history of painting. Classes include abstract and representational approaches to the medium and how to use them to make successful paintings. Students in the Painting concentration work on surfaces ranging from paper, canvas, panels, and walls, among many other possibilities. They experiment using a wide variety of materials (oil, acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, and others) as part of their journey to become professional artists with their own unique direction. 

Painting students work in two studio environments: the Galef Center Painting Studio, which has 24/7 access, a storage facility, an outdoor work area, and an adjoining clean space where students present work for critique; and the Senior Studios, which offer each student a private space to work in for the entirety of their senior year.