Painting

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art
    • Emphasis

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    Scholarships

    Program-Based Scholarships

    Caniff, Al Art Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Full-time Western Senior majoring in Art
    • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Student must exhibit service to the Art program by involvement with the ART League or other co-curricular art activities
    • Preference will be given to a BFA Senior Veterans of the United States Armed Forces

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by Dr. Al Caniff.

    Amount: $1000

    Selected by: Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

    Application:

    Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

    For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential promise, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Tuition Discount Programs

    Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

    For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty

    Tina Butterfield, MFA headshot
    Assistant Professor of Art
    Phone: 970.943.2040
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 233

    Courses

    FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of courses offered by Western Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.

     ART 280 - Introduction to Painting (3 credits)

    An introduction to oil painting, using basic tools, materials, techniques, and the development of compositional methods. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

     ART 283 - Introduction to Airbrush (3 credits)

    Introduction to the use of the airbrush as a tool for painting, drawing, and design. Multiple use of the tool within traditional and non-traditional directions, as well as tool maintenance, are stressed. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172

     ART 286 - Introduction to Watercolor (3 credits)

    An introduction to both the traditional and contemporary methods of watercolor. The various watercolor media are explored. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

     ART 380 - Intermediate Painting (3 credits)

    An exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual painting direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 280.

     ART 386 - Intermediate Watercolor (3 credits)

    Designed for exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual watercolor direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 286.

     ART 480 - Advanced Painting I (3 credits)

    An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual painting direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisites: ART 380.

     ART 481 - Advanced Painting II (3 credits)

    An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual painting direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 480.

     ART 482 - Advanced Painting III (3 credits)

    An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual painting direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 481.

     ART 486 - Advanced Watercolor I (3 credits)

    An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual watercolor direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisites: ART 386.

     ART 487 - Advanced Watercolor II (3 credits)

    An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual watercolor direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 486.

     ART 488 - Advanced Watercolor III (3 credits)

    An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual watercolor direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 487.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art
    • Emphasis

    The Painting emphasis is grounded in tradition, providing rigorous and professional courses that investigate the relationship between painting and drawing, combining the materials and techniques of each. Painting students have numerous opportunities to interact with visiting professional artists and attend field trips to Denver, Taos and Santa Fe. Students not only develop skills and sensitivity, but also emerge with a strong, comprehensive education and a positive-but-realistic enthusiasm for art as a way of life.

    The Program

    The Painting emphasis covers a range of materials, forms and traditions, both representational and nonrepresentational. All classes emphasize individual aesthetic choices, expression and the exploration of contemporary critical issues. 

    Beginning painting courses introduce the concepts and materials of painting, furthering students' understanding of space, image and color. Students in these courses gain awareness of drawing as a way to organize thoughts, feelings and image-making. Intermediate and advanced courses in painting materials and techniques cover the properties and possibilities of modern media: grounds, supports, methods, adhesives and pigments.  Students in these courses build upon their technical facility and conceptual base to develop personal directions.

    Students are always encouraged to inquire and experiment in other media and disciplines. Besides studio instruction and practice, regular mid-semester and end-of-semester critiques help students articulate their intentions, analyze their success and evaluate their progress. 

    Opportunities

    In addition to individual contact with faculty members, painting and drawing students benefit from personal interaction with visiting artists, gallery exhibits, and field trips to Denver, Taos and Santa Fe. Giving lectures, shows, workshops and sometimes even participating in critiques, these artists increase students' awareness of various styles and approaches.

    Learn More 

    Reach out to Tina Butterfield, MFA for more information.