After students learn the technical aspects of the painting process they are in position to pursue their individual artistic visions. Increasingly, students are expected to pose their own creative problems, to which their paintings become the solutions, or at least the basis for the next problem. Advanced painters are expected to make work with an articulated artistic intent, supported by writings, and to address these issues in regular open critiques. It is important for artists to coordinate and control all aspects of the painting process in order to express themselves fully, and to be as aware as possible of viewer responses. Advanced painters are asked to build their conceptual awareness and to research historical and contemporary influences, in order to build connections between their work and their culture.