For this semester the students will be developing a suite of images that communicate a connecting theme or concept. Each student needs to complete extensive research and preliminary drawings before beginning any of their studio paintings. Drawing is a major part of this class, and work done on drawings is a major part of the semester grade. Drawing is emphasized because this is where each student works through all the important foundational aspects of their work – more sophisticated conceptual development, technical and perceptual drawing problems, allowance for exploration, growth and communicating the concept over the entire suite of images. Students are encouraged to use whatever paint media works for their concept, but I encourage oil and acrylic painting techniques because of their technical range. Regular group critiques and discussions are conducted in order to emphasize a more sophisticated understanding the media and how to use that media to communicate their ideas.