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: A minimum of three previous courses in visual art, and permission through application process. Contact: apibal@bennington.edu. To register: Please email apibal@bennington.edu starting Monday May 6, with WORKSHOP in the subject line. Submit a brief paragraph outlining your interest in the course, how it fits into your Plan of study, your current term, as well as other courses you intend to register for in VA next term. Students may also provide this information by meeting with the instructor PRIOR to the beginning of registration on MAY 16. Students will be notified by email of their enrollment status. Email inquiries sent will not be considered if they do not contain all required information.
Corequisites: VALS Lecture Series 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 , Visual Arts (VA)
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