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CDR 020-F23 | Fundamentals of Painting

CDR 020-F23 | Fundamentals of Painting

9/11-12/11 no class 9/25, 10/9 (12 sessions) 6-8:30 pm

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description



This course’s primary focus is to provide students with the fundamental skills needed to translate what they see and feel into the physical object of a painting. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of color theory, drawing, composition, and the overall procedure for what goes into making a painting. Students will become sensitive to shifts in hue, value, saturation, form, material, etc. through rigorous observation of dynamic still-lives. Presentations will be provided to introduce artists, movements, and past student examples to enrich insights and investigations. Students will participate in peer critique, a chance to use vocabulary, develop strength in artistic voice, and be provided feedback to help students build confidence in their creative voice through recognition of their patterns, strengths, as well as ways to improve. This course provides students with the building blocks for future painting comparable to those gained in a BFA level painting course.


9/11-12/11 no class 9/25, 10/9 (12 sessions) Mondays 6-8:30 pm

Tuition: $375 + $25 studio fee


380 Cumberland, Room D-1



Faculty: Deanna Jacome

Deanna Jacome is an interdisciplinary painter making physical through paint and textiles the embodiment of interconnectedness. She received her BFA from Montserrat College of Art in Book Arts and Art Education in 2015 and her MFA from MECA&D. Jacome works with sustainably sourced materials that are found, gifted or foraged within her environment and makes her own oil paints, inks, and dyes, from quarry stones, freshly picked wildflowers and kitchen remnants. Living with chronic pain and illness has provided Jacome with a sensitivity to the world and a recognition of our inherent connections, depth of suffering, and gratitude for moments of slowness. Through the repetitious, slow-ritual processes of paint making, painting, natural dyeing, patchworking, quilting, embroidery, and weaving, her work accumulates to create grounded physical works of contemplative presence. Her life as an artist and arts educator fuels her passion of activating the innate creativity within others and love of the process of making. She has taught children and adults on the spectrum, run workshops across artistic disciplines, co-run a nature art preschool, been a Teacher's Assistant in the Painting and Textiles & Fashion departments at MECA&D, and now is thrilled to be part of the Continuing Studies faculty. 


  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paints: red, yellow, blue, white, and black
  • (suggested: Liquitex Basics, 4 oz., Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow, Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Ivory or Mars Black
  • 2 - 4 paint brushes of various size (suitable for acrylic, can be from a pack)
  • 1” paint brush (suitable for acrylic)
  • Mixed-media sketchbook XL Canson® Mixed-Media pad 9” x 12” or 11”x 14”)
  • Paint water cup (preferably glass with a lid- can be an old food jar)
  • Small rag
  • Painting palette
  • Roll of painters tape
  • A 16”-20”or 18”-24” canvas
  • Optional additional paints: Cadmium Orange, Permanent Green, Cobalt Violet, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Payne’s Gray, Yellow Ochre

Optional: ruler

PROVIDED: Drawing boards, bull dog clips, vine charcoal, & other various small materials


Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions surrounding the course or the required course materials - deanna.jacome@gmail.com (Please note: I respond to emails on Monday & Tuesday mornings)

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