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Painting is the combination of creativity and skill to express perceptions, ideas and sensations through color. Painting is a profoundly dialectic activity: On the one hand it is rooted in the material world, being immersed in the control of and responsiveness to paint and medium. On the other hand, it is almost spiritual in nature, being involved in the depiction of the immaterial, whether this means the representation of light in a still life or the construction of non-objective shapes. Classes in this discipline build upon what students have already learned in drawing and two-dimensional design and apply it to the craft of forming with color. Formal analysis of works and discussion of painting concepts, combined with the continued development of painting processes lead the students to recognizing their unique role as artists in the larger context of society.
Armin Mühsam, Associate Professor
M.F.A., Montana State University
Joined faculty in 2000