This course introduces students to the art of painting. Students will develop an understanding of the basic elements of painting, such as shape, space, and composition as well as how to create a full color palette in this introductory level course. There is also a focus on the material qualities of paint, including mixing and application to surfaces. Students are encouraged to use self-expression as they learn basic techniques. Classes include hands-on demonstrations, the use of still life, and photographs. Students will create several original works of art and compile a portfolio of their artwork. No experience is necessary.