Link to: Foundation and General Visual Arts courses

PAD 1000: Painting I

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 1050: Drawing Seminar IA

This drawing seminar embraces graphic delineation as a means by which people learn to see, understand, imagine, and depict form and space. The approach is both analytic and synthetic, and the emphasis is on economy of means. Class exercises are designed to strengthen powers of direct observation and imagination (the mind’s eye) and to enhance eye-hand coordination.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 1060: Drawing Seminar IB

This drawing seminar embraces graphic delineation as a means by which people learn to see, understand, imagine, and depict form and space. The approach is both analytic and synthetic, and the emphasis is on economy of means. Class exercises are designed to strengthen powers of direct observation and imagination (the mind’s eye) and to enhance eye-hand coordination.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 1114: Tibetan Tangkha Painting

Students start with foundational drawing techniques and learn some of the figures, images, and symbols of the Tibetan iconographic tradition. Topics include preparing canvas and preparing natural vegetable and mineral sources of pigments for painting. Students work under the close supervision of a master Thangka painter and his assistants.

Credits: 2

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 1210: Introduction to Drawing

A basic introduction to drawing for students from other disciplines. Focus is placed on becoming familiar with the elements of 2-D design and on strengthening observational skills. A variety of drawing techniques and materials are used to explore both representational and nonrepresentational image making.

Credits: 2

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 1211: Introduction to Painting

A basic introduction to painting for students from other disciplines. Focus is placed on becoming familiar with the materials and methods of painting. A variety of techniques and materials are used to explore both representational and nonrepresentational image making.

Credits: 2

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2000: Painting II

A continuation of PAD 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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: (PAD1000 Or VPA1010 Or VPD1000 )

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2010: Sophomore Seminar

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060 Or VDR1010

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2050: Painting III

A continuation of PAD 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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PAD2000 Or VPD2000

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2100: Figure Drawing I

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2105: Figure Drawing II

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060 Or VDR1010

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2150: Figure Drawing Workshop I

A 2-credit workshop version of PAD 2100. Drawing fundamentals are employed in the study of the human figure. Materials include wet and dry drawing media.

Credits: 2

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2155: Figure Drawing Workshop II

A 2-credit workshop version of PAD 2105. Drawing fundamentals are employed in the study of the human figure. Materials include wet and dry drawing media.

Credits: 2

PREREQ: VIS1060

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2190: Telling Myths

Through an exploration of mythology, students develop an approach to narrative art making. The emphasis is on studio production and literary research, from classical myths to contemporary fiction. Students work individually and collaboratively, with demonstrations that cover the fundamentals of water-based painting, with a focus on nontraditional methods such as transfers, stencils, collage, and basic digital techniques.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2250: Black and White as Color

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060 And (PAD1000 Or VPA1010 )

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2300: On-site Drawing

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2310: Explorations in Painting

An introductory study of a particular topic or technique in painting. Topics vary each semester.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2320: Explorations in Drawing

An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in drawing. Topics vary each semester.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2350: Intermediate Drawing

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 2510: Narrative Wet Media

How do people recount events in the silent and still realm of visual art, specifically the painted image? Students explore issues of conception, construction, and reception of narrative, and formal strategies for its visual conveyance. The primary media are watercolor and acrylic, and final projects may range from paintings to books and beyond.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060 Or VDR1010

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3000: Junior Studio I

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PAD2000 Or VPD2000

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3001: Junior Studio II

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3002: Handmade Animation

Students explore two-dimensional, handmade processes in order to make digital animations. Stop-motion methods are covered with a focus on using analog means to create four-dimensional effects. Through screenings, lectures, and independent research, students become familiar with the history of hand processes in animation. They also learn many methods, including narrative sequencing, still photography, and digital editing, used in transforming handmade work into digital animations.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3010: Junior Seminar

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3020: Advanced Painting I

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: (PAD2050 Or VPD2050 ) Or VPA2010

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3030: Advanced Drawing Projects

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3040: Experimental Drawing

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3041: Experimental Painting

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PAD1000 Or VPA1010 Or VPD1000

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3100: Large-Scale Figure Drawing

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3150: Outrageous/Outscale

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3201: On-site Painting

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3400: Special Topics: Museum Drawing

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3410: The Generated Image

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PAD1000 Or VPA1010 Or VPD1000

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3420: People and Places

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3500: Materials and Techniques

Contemporary and more traditional approaches to painting materials and techniques are examined. Topics include pigments, solvents, supports, media, and their technical applications.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060 Or VDR1010

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 3950: Studio Assistant (Painting and Drawing)

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 PAD 3950 (or a combined maximum of 6 credits in VIS 3998 and PAD 3950) may be applied toward the BFA.

Credits: 2

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 4000: Visiting Artist

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS1060

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 4010: Senior Seminar and Critique

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: (PAD3000 Or VPD3000 Or VDR3500 ) Or (PAD3001 Or VPD3001 Or VDR3510 )

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 4020: Advanced Painting II: Content and Form

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.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PAD3020 Or VPA3010

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 4030: Advanced Drawing Projects II

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.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 4040: Special Topics in Painting

An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in painting. Topics vary each semester.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 4041: Special Topics in Painting Workshop

A 2-credit workshop version of PAD 4040 on a particular topic or technique in painting. Topics vary each semester.

Credits: 2

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 4050: Special Topics in Drawing

An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in drawing. Topics vary each semester.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing
PAD 4051: Special Topics in Drawing Workshop

A 2-credit workshop version of PAD 4050 on a particular topic or technique in drawing. Topics vary each semester.

Credits: 2

Department: Painting and Drawing