Painting and Design Technology

The Painting and Design program is designed to establish a thorough knowledge and habits of a well-rounded trades-person in the Painting and Decorating field. The program is limited only by the student's desire and capability to learn. The program trains students in the fundamentals of interior and exterior residential and commercial painting and decorating. Students are instructed in the proper use of a wide range of state of the art equipment which enables them to bid on jobs in a cost effective and competitive manner.

Course Offerings

Paint Decor 10

Course Numbers: 11172 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Paint/Décor Grade 10: In this course, students will engage in basic tradesmanship and prepare, apply, preserve, and complete larger scale projects. Students will acquire hands-on skills with trade tools; color mixing of paints and stains; computer sign-making; spray painting techniques; estimating costs and material; and interior design.


Paint Decor 11

Course Numbers: 11173 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Paint/Décor Grade 11: In this course, students engage in training in advanced roller and brush application; airless spraying; wall coverings of all types; erecting and maintaining scaffolds; and drywall taping procedures. Students will also study the finer methods of the trade, including special finishes such as marblelizing; rag rolling; sponge painting; and wood graining. Students will complete projects within the school facility and community.


Paint Decor 12

Course Numbers: 11174 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Paint/Décor Grade 12: In this course, students engage in more practical applications by implementing processes learned on projects completed outside of the shop. Students will achieve competency in furniture finishing; color theory; fine wall covering installation; faux finishes interior design; and interior/exterior painting. Students will also develop supervisory skills; estimating techniques; aptitudes; and work ethic. Students who qualify will participate in co-op placement.


Paint Decor 9

Course Numbers: 11171 (1.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Paint/Décor Grade 9: In this course, students will learn good work habits and proper safety procedures and engage in training in the use and principles of basic trade tools. Students will learn the composition and fundamental methods on the application of materials. Students will also study the preparation and preservation of surfaces; furniture finishing; repair and refinishing; wallcovering installation; glass glazing; color theory; and spray painting.


PD Related Theory 10

Course Numbers: 11075 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Painting Decorating Grade 10: In this course, students will explore careers in the painting trade; ladder; scaffolds; lifts and fall protection; identification of surface substrate materials and conditions; protection of adjacent surfaces; basic surface preparation; sealants and repair/fillers; introduction to paints and coatings; and brushing and rolling paints and coatings. Students will complete reading and writing assignments related to Painting and Design Technology. Students will also learn how to utilize the Smart Board as it relates to this field.


PD Related Theory 11

Course Numbers: 11076 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Painting Decorating Grade 11: In this course, students will explore painting failures and remedies; interior design; job planning and completion; chemical cleaning and stripping; low-pressure water cleaning; drywall finishing and patching; stains; clear finishing; wood finishing; coatings II; spray painting (conventional and airless); and introduction to computerized sign-making. Students will complete reading and writing assignments related to Painting and Design Technology. Students will also learn how to utilize the Smart Board as it relates to this field. Students will acquire their 10 hour OSHA card.


PD Related Theory 12

Course Numbers: 11077 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Painting Decorating Grade 12: In this course, students will gain knowledge of painting failures and remedies II; job supervision; planning and control; interior design; color and tinting; decorative finishes; wall coverings; graphics; texturing; and spraying with special devices. Students will complete the AES (Applied Educational Systems) program and develop cover letters; resumes; and career plans. Students will complete reading and writing assignments related to Painting and Design Technology.


PD Related Theory 9

Course Numbers: 11074 (0.25)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Painting Decorating Grade 9: In this course, students will gain knowledge of safety practices in the Painting and Design field; the history of the trade, materials, tools and equipment; ladders and scaffolds; preparation of surfaces; basic surface preparation; sealants and repair/fillers; introduction to paints and coatings; and brushing and rollings paints and coatings. Students will complete reading and writing assignments related to Painting and Design Technology.


Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities

All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year. While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work. Some of the internship and cooperative education opportunities students have experienced include the following partnership/s:

  • Continental Woodworking
  • Woodmiester
  • Nal’s Paint
  • Bowditch & Marinelli
  • Community Builders
  • Holy Cross College

Career Opportunities

  • Painter
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Furniture Refinisher
  • Business Owner
  • Retail
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