From curating famous art exhibitions to illustrating children’s books, becoming a professional painter requires a mastery of technique and a passion for creative expression.
Learn how to express your ideas and emotions through painting.
In the Painting emphasis, you’ll learn about the dynamic relationship between painting and drawing and how to combine the materials and techniques of each. The comprehensive curriculum begins with introductory courses in painting, airbrush and watercolor and works up to advanced classes to provide you the opportunity to progress accordingly.
Because the program is dedicated to your professional growth as a painter, you’ll have numerous opportunities to interact with visiting professional artists and attend field trips to Denver, Taos and Santa Fe. Not only will you develop skills and sensitivity, but you’ll also emerge with a strong, comprehensive education and a positive-but-realistic enthusiasm for art as a way of life.
A strong foundation
The Painting emphasis is grounded in tradition, providing rigorous and professional courses that investigate the relationship between painting and drawing, combining the materials and techniques of each.
|ART 280||Introduction to Painting||3||View|
|ART 283||Introduction to Airbrush||3||View|
|ART 286||Introduction to Watercolor||3||View|
|ART 380||Intermediate Painting||3||View|
|ART 386||Intermediate Watercolor||3||View|
|ART 480||Advanced Painting I||3||View|
|ART 481||Advanced Painting II||3||View|
|ART 482||Advanced Painting III||3||View|
|ART 486||Advanced Watercolor I||3||View|
|ART 487||Advanced Watercolor II||3||View|
|ART 488||Advanced Watercolor III||3||View|
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Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.
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- Full-time Western Senior majoring in Art
- Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
- Student must exhibit service to the Art program by involvement with the ART League or other co-curricular art activities
- Preference will be given to a BFA Senior Veterans of the United States Armed Forces
This scholarship is provided by Dr. Al Caniff.
Selected by: Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.
Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202
Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship
The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.
Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).
- Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
- The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
- The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.
The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.
For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.
Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.
For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.
Make your education a life changing experience.
A college education is so much more than just taking classes. Expand your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.
- Gallery Exhibits: Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.
- Pathfinder Magazine: An annual publication for student creative work.
- Student Art League: A branch of the Council for Creative expression, the Student Art League is dedicated to providing visual arts, experiences, professional development, educational opportunities and outreach for Art students.
Showcase your work
Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.
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