Course Overview

In this class, students will learn basic two-dimensional skills with an emphasize on painting. Students will work on their development of ideas through the use of various materials, techniques, and conceptual processes, developing a visual vocabulary, and critical thinking. Through in class demos, students will be able to work step by step alongside the professor to create highly skilled and technical projects in the Painting medium. This class will also cover; basic drawing skills, composition, color theory and mixed media 2D processes.

This course is part of Summer College Studio Art Academy, an enrichment and community-building program offered through Syracuse University’s School of Art, part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). 

Students enrolled in this course, as well as Art and ActivismArt and the Environment, Contemporary Technologies in Sculpture, Graphic Novel and Visual Storytelling and Making Comics will all meet virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-1:30 p.m. to take part in group discussions, artist lectures, live virtual field trips, and Open Studio hours.

This course may consist of both Summer College – On Campus students and Syracuse University undergraduates.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University credit transcript.

Course Objectives

By the end of the session, students will be able to,

  • Demonstration of a basic understanding of the Elements and Principles of Design.
  • Acknowledge and discuss important artists of contemporary art and design.
  • Create work using a variety of two-dimensional media, processes, and strategies.
  • Critique their own work and the work of others.
  • Document their creative processes throughout the process of creating and successfully photograph the work to be seen in digital formats
  • Approaches problem-solving in a creative manner.

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: ARI 261

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school junior, or senior status – or a 2022 high school graduate. 

Credit: 3

Grading: A-F


  • Residential: $4,385
  • Commuter: $3,530

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

“I loved summer college because it allowed me to explore a field that I came to love. Summer College gave me the opportunity to create, meet new people, and it enhanced my skill set. I left the program with a new mindset and a portfolio of work that led to my early decision acceptance to Syracuse for fall 2020.”

-Lucy Z., Summer College – On Campus Student, 2019

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus2-Week Session III: Sunday, July 31 – Friday, Aug. 12, 2022MTWThF;
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
3 CreditsOpen
Students break for lunch for approximately one hour. Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Required Supplies

Students should budget for required textbooks and/or supplies.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

  • 9:00 a.m. – Noon -Demos, lectures and a short in class assignment will be given daily.
  • 1-4 p.m. – Student work time to work on larger projects. Critiques.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College – On Campus activities to meet and connect with other students! Check out our On Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Samantha Rossi

Samantha Rossi (Ely, MN) received her BFA in Printmaking, Painting and Drawing from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2015 and her MFA in Studio Arts from Syracuse University in 2019. She is currently teaching printmaking and foundational classes at Syracuse University.

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