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). 

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

Learning 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 / SCN 020

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore*, junior or senior status – or a 2024 high school graduate. 
*Rising sophomores are only eligible for the noncredit version of this course.

Credit: 3 credits** or Noncredit

**Prospective students wishing to take the course for college credit are required to submit a sample portfolio of 3-5 images of current artwork formatted in a single pdf document. Please include name, date, title, and dimensions. Images in the sample portfolio do not need to be in the medium of the course to be taken but should emphasize creativity and technical accomplishment.


  • Credit: A-F
  • Noncredit: Pass/Fail



  • Residential: $4,695
  • Commuter: $3,766


  • Residential: $4,095
  • Commuter: $3,166

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 I: Sunday, July 8 – Friday, July 19, 2024MTWThF;
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
3 Credits or NoncreditClosed
Students break for lunch for approximately one hour. Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Required Supplies

Click here to purchase your supply kit!

  • Deadline for ordering: Sunday June 30th
  • All On-Campus course kits will be picked up at The Syracuse University Campus Store starting Sunday, July 7. 
  • *No kits will be shipped out for any on-campus courses.*

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

  • 9 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.