Color, form, mark making, gesture, composition, surface interest.. these are a few things that could be present in a painting, along with feeling, atmosphere, and or narrative.
Painting has a seductive materiality and presence and the freedom of non-figuration, or abstraction can unleash a great many interpretations. Abstraction can target certain concerns and interests or ask more questions than could ever be answered.
Starting with relatively simple exercises to build an initial composition, the students will incrementally increase the image of the painting to stand as an indirect self portrait or visual diary entry of that moment.
Formal material discoveries and process derived inventions will collide with vision and subjective sensibilities.
There will be no overriding stylist assumptions in the class, it will be about the individual and where they are and want to be as artists.
The only requirement will be some form of painting experience in either oil or acrylic painting.
Abstraction is the easiest and hardest thing to do, and having no previous experience in painting would present a double handicap to a potential student, not recommended).
Note: Materials list is found at http://ce.unm.edu/registration/materials.html