School of Fine Art
The Fine Art Painting department is located south of market at 60 Federal, a few blocks from
AT&T ballpark. It is made up of two and a half floors of classroom and studio space (about
25,000 square feet). Our undergraduate and fine art graduate school facilities include twelve classrooms, two of which are full-time anatomy
studios, and a full-time multimedia room with theatre seating.
Our teaching philosophy and approach is that of time-tested fundamentals and technical skills.
This includes accuracy and sensitivity in drawing, design, value control, color concepts which, in
turn leads to the development of ideas and personal direction. Our method of instruction is based
up on three basic principles, lecture, demonstration and critique.
Classes include, still life paintings, composition, watercolor, landscape and cityscape,
portrait, anatomy, as well as abstract and mixed media. Special topics such as surrealism,
photo-realism, pastel, mural painting and portfolio development fine art business practices round
out the rich curriculum. These give a great deal of breadth to their art education, but everything
is structured upon a strong traditional grounding, which is constantly emphasized.
All classroom/studios are equipped with easels, tabarets, model stands, spotlights, cleaning
stations and painting storage racks. There is a student art store within the building for all
students and faculty to purchase any needed supplies at a discount.
A prop room on the second floor is well stocked with over 100 various fabrics and over 3500
different props for class and student usage. A large variety of models are employed for all
figurative classes. Several free workshops are available each week for students to attend with
instructions available, if needed.