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Art & Art History
University of Mississippi

Art 321. Beginning Painting

The main objective of this class is to provide each student with the fundamental and working practices of painting. Students learn various painting techniques and grounds with an emphasis on direct observation. Each student’s development is focused on a perceptual sensitivity of our surroundings coupled by the understanding of painterly expression. Through class critiques, lectures, and demonstrations each student is introduced to methods of critical thinking and creative problem solving associated with painting.

By the end of the semester, students will learn to:

  • Develop different approaches of paint application
  • Increase sensitivity to color relationships
  • Utilize a range of paint mixing methods
  • Gain knowledge in color theory.

“Professor Jackson is an extremely helpful teacher and the nicest person on earth. He will be honest and critical but his way of critiquing student work is always encouraging and uplifting. His way of teaching and his positive attitude makes you wanna be better at painting. Have literally heard my classmates say: I just don’t wanna disappoint him.”

“Jackson is wonderful! You’ll learn so much about color and lighting and just technical ability in general. It can be frustrating and hard sometimes but he’s very helpful and understanding about everything. No matter what level of painting you come in with, you will see improvement. I gained a lot more confidence with my painting and style of painting.”