Department of Fine Arts



The Painting area at Washington State University embraces an interdisciplinary approach to artistic creation. Students are asked to examine the importance of their practice within the greater context of the fine arts. The beginning courses in painting cover issues such as composition, color theory, observational studies, and the development of ideas. As the student moves through the program, each person is encouraged to find his/her own voice and to develop an individual approach to art making. Advanced painting courses are designed to help students build a cohesive body of work that is structured on the foundations learned in the beginning classes. Frequent individual and group critiques enable students to work closely with the faculty. Peer-based interaction and collaboration provide our art majors with the skills needed to communicate and strengthen their ideas. In addition, our Endowed Forst Visiting Artist series provides our students with access to a number of important contemporary artists working in the United States and abroad.

The following courses are recommended for students interested in a Painting emphasis:

FA 102 Art 1
FA 110 Beginning Drawing
FA 312 Advanced Drawing
FA 313 Drawing from the Body
FA 320 Beginning Painting
FA 321 Intermediate Painting
FA 423 Advanced Painting


The painting studios are large, have high ceilings and plenty of natural light. All studios are equipped with spray booths for the safe application of fixatives and spray-based paints. A movable wall transforms the main painting studio into a critique room. Studios are accessible seven days a week from 6am to 10pm. The painting students have access to the woodshop where they can build canvasses, wood panels and other supports. A skilled technician is available to give workshops on stretcher construction and how to operate machinery safely.


Thom Brown

Department Chair
Professor: Painting and Drawing
T: (509) 335-8686
Office: Room 7023

Chris Watts

Professor: Painting and Drawing
T: (509) 335-7107
Office: Room 7023

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Fine Arts - Office 5072, PO Box 647450, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-7450, T: 509-335-8686 or F: 509-335-7742, Contact Us