Undergraduate Painting and Drawing Courses

Painting I
VPD 1000
/ 3 credits / Every semester
In this introduction to oil painting, students are presented with a variety of attitudes toward making paintings, with emphasis on composition and color. Some assignments involve painting from direct observation while others involve transforming and abstracting from a given motif. Students develop color equivalents for observed relationships by translating their experience into color choices of hue, value, intensity, and temperature.

Painting II
VPD 2000
/ 3 credits / Every semester
A continuation of VPD 1000. Emphasis is on the role of technique, style, color, and composition in painting. Students’ work is based on art historical models, concepts, and direct observation. Students develop a range of skills, including alla prima, underpainting, transparency, divided color, and various approaches to color mixing.
Prerequisite: VPD 1000

Sophomore Seminar
VPD 2010
/ 3 credits / Every semester
A survey of contemporary artists, ideas, and texts in which basic research skills are taught. A combination of slide lectures, discussions of readings, and museum/gallery visits familiarize students with contemporary art discourse and many of its important figures. Contemporary issues are understood to originate in modernist traditions.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Painting III
VPD 2050
/ 3 credits / Fall
A continuation of VPD 2000, with emphasis on choices of color, scale, size, composition, and subject. Projects may include interiors and figures in the environment, as well as narrative, conceptual, and thematic approaches.
Prerequisite: VPD 2000

Figure Drawing I and II
VPD 2100
and 2105 / 3 credits (per semester) / Every semester
Observational drawing of the figure is a vehicle to comprehend drawing as visual language. Drawing fundamentals are employed as tools in intense observation of the human form. Such elements as gesture, contour, line, mass, and movement are introduced in critiques and slide presentations. Materials include pencil, charcoal, wash, and various wet and dry media.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Figure Drawing Workshop I and II
VPD 2150
and 2155 / 2 credits (per semester)
Special topic (offered irregularly)
A 2-credit workshop version of VPD 2100 and 2105. Drawing fundamentals are employed in the study of the human figure. Materials include wet and dry drawing media.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Black and White as Color
VPD 2250
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students are asked to invent and discover roles for black and white to play, other than the traditional and obvious ones of dark and light. The goal is to characterize observed form and space in “plastic terms” (Matisse). Colorants are explored in extension, as areas. Plasticity is expressed by means of color interaction: selective orchestrations of color intervals, edge conditions, quantity, distribution, and proportion.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060 and VPD 1000

On-site Drawing
VPD 2300
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students work outside the studio from direct observation and experience. Invention and unique responses are encouraged. Sites have included the Museum of the City of New York, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Trade Center, the Museum of Natural History, and various locations on campus.
Prerequisite: One semester of drawing

Intermediate Drawing
VPD 2350
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Explores themes and a variety of approaches to style, form, and content. Themes are subject to change; examples include science and art; ornament, pattern, and decoration; and politics and cultural identity. Classroom work, lectures, critiques, readings, and illustrated discussions augment the thematic research. A range of drawing materials and approaches are encouraged.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Junior Studio I and II
VPD 3000
and 3001 / 3 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Focuses on the synthesis of observational skills, a visual vocabulary, and individual vision. Students identify their sensibilities and interests through increasingly self-directed assignments and further their visual, technical, conceptual, and verbal abilities.
Prerequisite: Junior standing in painting/drawing

Junior Seminar
VPD 3010
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Helps expand students’ knowledge of art and theory. Students learn new ideas and perspectives through research, presentations, and discussion of modernist and contemporary art. They also research artists and identify their individual affinities with contemporary and modernist traditions. This seminar is tailored to junior-level painting/drawing majors who are beginning a self-motivated course of study.

Advanced Painting I
VPD 3020
/ 3 credits / Fall
Students work independently, choosing their subjects and approach to painting under the guidance of a faculty member. Critical thinking is promoted in critiques and discussion of readings. Students’ work is considered in the context of contemporary painting as they attempt to define their individual sensibility and concerns in preparation for (or in complement to) the senior project.
Prerequisite: VPD 2050

Advanced Drawing Projects I and II
VPD 3030
and 4030 / 3 credits (per semester)
Special topic (offered irregularly)
The limits of scale, material, and the concept of drawing as an art form are pushed in these courses. Students are expected to already be directed in their primary medium(s) of interest (painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, or photography) and to be able to pursue drawing in relation to those or as an independent discipline.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Experimental Drawing
VPD 3040
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
This course encourages nontraditional approaches to drawing. Students explore a more innovative and interpretive response to their visual and intellectual experiences, both through a wide-ranging use of tools and materials and through complex and unconventional concepts, ideas, and subject matter. Assumptions about technique, subject, author, environment, audience, and historical classifications are interrogated.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Experimental Painting
VPD 3041
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
This course encourages nontraditional approaches to painting. Students explore a more innovative and interpretive response to their visual and intellectual experiences, both through a wide-ranging use of tools and materials and through complex and unconventional concepts, ideas, and subject matter. Assumptions about technique, subject, author, environment, audience, and historical classifications are interrogated.
Prerequisite: VPD 1000

Large-Scale Figure Drawing
VPD 3100
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
This course involves drawing the figure on a large scale from direct observation of the model and various sculptural, two-dimensional, or digitally based sources. Form, gesture, and composition are stressed in large-scale, fast-to-slow drawing. Assignments in anatomy, photography, narrative, memory, and art history are used to develop concepts for representation of the figure. Analysis, critique, and experimentation are components of the course.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Outrageous/Outscale
VPD 3150
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students experiment with ideas for making a series of work that is extreme in content, scale, color, and visual impact, and may choose to work independently or collaboratively.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

On-site Painting
VPD 3201
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students work outside the studio from direct observation. Invention and unique responses are encouraged. Sites have included Grand Central Station, the Rockefeller Estate, the Westchester County Airport, and various locations on campus.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of painting

Special Topics: Museum Drawing
VPD 3400
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
The collections of New York’s museums are used as sources for drawing studies. Particular focus is on sculptural forms and their representation in painting and drawing, as well as the development of students’ relationship to art history.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

The Generated Image
VPD 3410
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students make paintings and drawings based on generated images. Various strategies, including appropriating imagery from cultural media (print, photography, the Web) and manipulating imagery through mechanical and electronic processes (photocopy, Photoshop), are explored. Other approaches (e.g., layering, de/constructing, morphing) may also be used to generate imagery for narrative, ironic, or abstract works.
Prerequisite: VPD 1000 and working knowledge of Photoshop

People and Places
VPD 3420
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Issues are figure/ground, identity/context, and the diverse roles of the figure in art. Using varied methods and approaches, students explore the wide-ranging possibilities of figuration, drawing from the model and other sources. The history and traditions of figurative art are examined in slide presentations and gallery visits.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Materials and Techniques
VPD 3500
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Contemporary and more traditional approaches to painting materials and techniques are demonstrated and then practiced by students. Materials include pigments, solvents, supports, media, and their technical applications.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Studio Assistant
VPD 3950
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Students gain technical professional experience by helping provide a safe and well-functioning studio environment for their fellow students. Studio assistants are expected to have advanced standing in their media area and a thorough understanding of current professional practices. Duties include basic maintenance and demonstrations of equipment, independent or group tutorials and workshops, weekly meetings, and other responsibilities assigned by the sponsoring instructional technician. A maximum of 4 credits in VPD 3950 (or a combined maximum of 6 credits in VIS 3800 and VPD 3950) may be applied toward the BFA. Also offered as VPH, VPR, and VSC 3950.
Prerequisite: Two semesters in the relevant media area and permission of instructor

Visiting Artist
VPD 4000
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Visiting artists work with advanced students to further develop their painting and drawing skills and abilities. Students work independently and meet for group discussions and critiques. Readings and field trips may supplement the visiting artists’ discussions.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Senior Seminar and Critique
VPD 4010
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Commitment and professional practice are the focus of this seminar. Students are encouraged to articulate and clarify the intentions of their work through lectures, critiques, discussions, and readings. Required for all painting/drawing majors who are undertaking a senior project.
Prerequisite: VPD 3000 and 3001

Advanced Painting II: Content and Form
VPD 4020
/ 3 credits / Spring
Students work independently, choosing their subjects and approach to painting under the guidance of a faculty member. Critical thinking is promoted in critiques and discussion of readings. Students’ work is considered in the context of contemporary painting as they attempt to define their individual sensibility and concerns in preparation for (or in complement to) the senior project.
Prerequisite: VPD 3020

Advanced Drawing Projects II
VPD 4030
Refer to VPD 3030 and 4030.

Special Topics in Painting
VPD 4040
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in painting. Topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of painting

Special Topics in Painting Workshop
VPD 4041
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A 2-credit workshop version of VPD 4040 on a particular topic or technique in painting. Topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of painting

Special Topics in Drawing
VPD 4050
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in drawing. Topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of drawing

Special Topics in Drawing Workshop
VPD 4051
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A 2-credit workshop version of VPD 4050 on a particular topic or technique in drawing. Topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of drawing

Senior Project for Painting and Drawing (Two Semesters)
PAD 4990 / 4 credits (per semester) / Every semester
The two-semester, 8-credit senior project is required for all painting and drawing majors in their senior year. It is an intensive independent study undertaken with faculty sponsorship, in which students pursue a particular theme or topic as a culmination of their undergraduate experience. A written thesis and visual documentation of the project must be submitted to the Library before graduation.

Senior Project for Painting and Drawing (One Semester)
PAD 4991 / 8 credits / Every semester
This is a one-semester variant of the PAD 4990 requirement. Students who wish to pursue their entire senior project in one semester register with this course number.
Prerequisite: Permission of the senior project advisor and the director of the School of Art+Design


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