Painting Without Canvas

This course investigates painting as a medium in the widest possible sense; as pictorial representation, assemblage, concrete color, spatial intervention; installation, performance and multimedia. Students will look at an array of objects, practices, and techniques that challenge conventional definitions of painting. Throughout, an underlying question of “what counts” as painting will be examined. However, this class is neither a historical narrative nor a deductive reasoning of what painting is or might mean. Rather, these questions will evolve through the studio processes of experimentation, contemplation and making.

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will produce studio work in response to both material and conceptual assignments. Four substantial works will be required over the course of the semester, supported by ample preliminary sketches and material and technical research. Class participation, a critique of individual works, and an installation of course work in a dedicated exhibition required.

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Intro. Painting (VIS 203/204) and/or Intro. Drawing (VIS 201/202) and/or Intro. Sculpture (VIS 221/222) and/or Ceramic Sculpture (VIS 331) and/or Intro Photo and/or Intro Video/Film.




Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m.
185 Nassau St., Room 226


Pam Lins