Introduction to Painting

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18

This beginning painting class is designed to give the motivated visual arts student an overview of painting fundamentals.

Topics covered in this class will include vocabulary and art history, as well as plenty of art production (which will be a balance of teacher-led guided structure, and student-motivated creative freedom). Students will learn the basics of color theory; painting skills and techniques; traditional and alternative processes; and the history of painting.

This class will be structured with critiques; art history talks; instructor-led demos; individual student work time; group projects; and some homework assignments that will give students a well rounded, solid foundation of fine art painting.
This class will also allow students the opportunity to experiment, explore, and create various finished painted works of art using traditional and uniquely experimental techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of using water-based inks/paints; color theory; painting from observation; abstraction; and collage. / Materials fee of $5 in addition to tuition.

What to Bring: Paint brushes (at least a #4 round brush, and a one-inch flat brush); paints (a basic set of acrylic paint with 8 or more colors, a basic watercolor set, black india ink, gesso); 18 x 24” (or larger) painting surfaces (stretched canvas, masonite board, or paper, etc. Various surfaces of the student's choosing will be suitable); pencils; roll of masking tape; palette (a disposable paper pad or a reusable plastic tray); and containers for water and mixing. / Students should expect to spend about $110 on supplies (not included in tuition). / A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting.

What to Wear: Apron, smock, or clothes appropriate for messy creativity.

Class Savings

/ Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day, same-family registrations only).


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

Course Number: CST 9502
Dates: Jun. 16 – Jul. 9
Tuesday, Thursday
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Michael Gaughan
Main Building Room 300
Non-Credit Tuition: $300.00

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