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Art & Art History
University of Mississippi

Art 421. Advanced Painting

The main objective of this class is to provide each student with the understanding of contemporary working practices of painting. Students  learn various painting methods and emphasize conceptual experimentation. Through class critiques, lectures, and demonstrations each student is introduced to methods of critical thinking and creative problem solving associated with painting. The majority of class time is devoted to students working independently. In this class students produce a cohesive series that explores a concept. Emphasis is placed on concept and development of a series. Craftsmanship and professionalism are addressed.

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

  • Understand the role of a professional artist.
  • Translate ideas into a cohesive body of work.
  • Constructively critique and effectively communicate their ideas to their peers associated with painting.
  • Take an independent role in research to further the development of a concept into their painting process.
  • Work independently to establish a professional work ethic.

“I liked the ability to work on your own projects in your own styles instead of everyone doing the same thing. It felt like you were exploring yourself as an artist more and it was much more interesting and helpful I think to see everyone’s different styles and inspirations and artistic journeys.”

“Mr. Phillip is the best teacher/ professor I have ever had in my life and I am convinced he may be the best I will ever have.”

“Jackson is able to see paintings in a way that begin to transform how you look at artwork. His critiques of works leave you excited to get in the studio and try to figure out what he meant.”