"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."
From foundations to graduation, the painting area at UTEP places a strong emphasis on the technical skills required to make paintings that are personally important, socially relevant, and visually brilliant. With a first year focus on painting from direct observation and understanding color, students are increasingly encouraged to integrate their interests and ideas with imaging technologies that can take painting to new and exciting places. From the traditional to the contemporary, students learn through practice how to build a unique and original world of painted imagery.
UTEP has four 900-square-foot painting studios, all with north-facing floor to ceiling windows, abundant easels and color printing capabilities. An iMac equipped computer lab is one floor below the studios and readily available to painting students. The Fox Fine Arts building also houses a full-scale woodshop, photo studio and the Glass Gallery, a space dedicated to student exhibitions.
The painting program encourages an awareness of the plurarity of contemporary issues and an acceptance of stylistic differences. One of four painting studios is used for beginning students. The other three studios are divided so that intermediate and advanced students can have their own working space. The studios are ventilated and most have north-facing windows.