The Payson campus of Gila Community College offers an Associate of Arts degree in art and in art education. Upon completion of an AA degree, students can transfer into a four-year college or university program, having most or all of their first two years of college education behind them.
Four new courses are currently being taught by instructor Jacque Jeffrey throughout each calendar year. Jeffrey will be teaching Fundamentals of Design in the fall semester. She describes the course as an introduction to composition which should be a requirement for all art students. Jeffrey says students who take painting classes, even if only as a hobby, should take Fundamentals of Design. Good composition is the difference between professional and award-winning art and artists who paint but rarely sell their work.
Jeffrey will be teaching color and design and drawing during the spring semester. Other required art courses include printmaking, sculpture, figure drawing, beginning oil painting and ceramics.