Using technical and artistic processes, artists trained in painting activate a two-dimensional picture plane through the application of wet media such as oil, acrylic, or watercolor. The traditional tool is a paintbrush, but other implements, for example palette knives, sponges, and airbrush techniques can be employed by painters. While paintings are often created on canvas, many artists, both historical and contemporary, have worked on a variety of surfaces. Exploring the elements of design is fundamental to the practice of painting as these methods can be used to create strong compositions. The study of color is particularly central to the development of successful paintings.
Painting I focuses on the development of painting skills, techniques, and aesthetic sensibilities related to artistic expression in oil and/or acrylic mediums. Students in this course will focus on color and composition. Painting II is a continuation of Painting I with an emphasis on the development of independent problem solving and style within a composition. Major subjects in Painting II are the figure, landscapes, portrait painting, still-life, and abstraction.
Both courses provide students with painting experience that will expand their knowledge of two-dimensional design and drawing. This process will build visual thinking skills, provide context for historical artworks and movements, enhance technical approaches to materials, and establish methods for channeling creative energies into artistic expression.
Drawing I is a prerequisite for all Painting classes.
Painting Facilities at ACC Highland, Northridge, and Cypress
The Painting Studios at ACC feature an open floor plan with painting stations. These state-of-the-art spaces contain a model stand and professional lighting to paint from live models, and have projectors for in-class lectures and demonstrations. Classes are limited to 12 students in order to allow ample space for learning about and producing paintings.