Whitman College Art Department


Courses in painting emphasize diverse approaches to the medium.  The program also helps students gain an awareness of historical traditions and contemporary critical, and cultural issues relevant to painting.

Beginning and Intermediate Painting focus on providing students a strong foundation of painting concepts, skills, and materials with the use of oil paint and oil mediums.  These courses explore color, form, paint handling and emphasize image content, visual language, and idea development.

Advanced Painting concentrates on the development of a personal direction and creating a cohesive series of work.  Students are challenged to create work that maintains a broad awareness of historical, contemporary, and cultural issues.  Cross-disciplinary directions are encouraged if appropriate to the student’s ideas, both in material use and/or content of work.

The Painting studios at the new Fouts Center for Visual Art provide ample space, natural light, and full accommodations including a woodshop for stretcher building.  Painting Senior Art Major students are provided a semi-private painting studio during their senior year.