Advanced Workshop for Painting and Drawing (PAI4404.01)

Ann Pibal

This course is for experienced student artists with a firm commitment to serious work in the studio. Students will work primarily on self-directed projects in an effort to refine individual concerns and subject matter. Students will present work regularly for critique in class as well as for individual studio meetings with the instructor.

There will be an emphasis on the growth of each student’s critical abilities, the skills to think clearly and speak articulately about one’s own work and the work of others. Emphasis on the development of an awareness of vantage-point will be a central priority when discussing the work of others. Priority will be placed on the establishment of inclusive classroom norms, and issues of power and subjectivity in the history of academic studio critique will be presented through reading assignments and in discussion.

Student research and related presentations will be an ongoing aspect of this course, and will focus on the work of 20th and 21st century artists and scholars as it relates and supports their own investigations. Overall, the development of a strong work ethic will be crucial; a high level of commitment is expected. Please note that this course may require additional materials to be purchased by the student.

Learning Outcomes:
- Experience of ambitious, fully dedicated engagement with studio practice.

- Increased sophistication with ability to contextualize individual studio work verbally and in writing.

- Increased ability to participate constructively in collective energy and shared responsibility for a supportive group learning environment.

- Focused practice with inclusive classroom conversation particularly as it pertains to the discussion of the artwork of classmates as well as to the analysis of contemporary art.

- Increased ability to become constructively self-critical and to incorporate feedback of others into analysis of one’s own studio work

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: This 4000 level course is open to students who have completed at minimum eight credits of previous work at the 4000 level in painting and/or drawing, and for whom painting and/or drawing is a significant aspect of their Plan. Students should submit a one-paragraph, written application outlining their previous experiences in visual art at Bennington, as well as how this course relates to and supports their Plan of Study. Enrollment priority will be given to students who have shown through previous courses, their ability to succeed at an advanced level, and their ability to show sufficient initiative when working independently. Please note: Faculty in painting and drawing will work collaboratively in consultation with one another in an effort to appropriately distribute enrollment in 4000 level painting and drawing courses. Applications should be submitted by email to with the subject heading “WORKSHOP” on or before the day registration opens.
Corequisites: VA 2999: VALS (if possible).
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Drawing , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Painting