You’ll explore widely, hone your skills, then focus your ideas to make work that stirs emotion, inspires thought, and moves the cultural dialogue.
Working in both classes and one-on-one with professors, you’ll engage in a rigorous curriculum that guides you from initial explorations to personal expression.
Painting and Drawing combines ways of seeing, thinking through material, and conceptual making.
You’ll develop the ability to create and maintain a studio—from your individual junior studio space to your professional practice after graduation.
We value the role of critique in art-making. Everyone participates in critique and review sessions conducted by the faculty and by visiting artists and critics.
And, our proximity to New York City means you’ll regularly visit artists’ studios, galleries, and museums.
The expansive Visual Arts building offers nine studio classrooms specifically designed for painting and drawing with large north-facing windows that provide excellent natural light.
You’ll benefit from the variety of views of faculty members who are all practicing and exhibiting artists.
“I try to instill in every student a sense of creative problem solving. None of the questions we pose have only one answer, so we need students to reflect on assignments in a way that is their own, and to come up with solutions that reflect who they are.”
Matt Bollinger, Chair, Painting and Drawing
Visit our Instagram feed to see what our current Painting and Drawing majors are working on right now.
Gallery of Student Work
Sophie Glenn ’12 Receives John D. Mineck Fellowship
Awarded by Boston’s Society of Arts + Crafts, the fellowship is given annually to an early-career furniture artist. “Her work in steel is like no other I have seen.”
Camille Seaman ’92 on PBS’ Brief But SpectacularThe photographer shares her insight on climate change after years of photographing icebergs.
Douglas Shindler ’22 Plans to Open The Black LibraryThe library and community arts center will be in his hometown of Monticello, NY.
Ernestine White-Mifetu ’99 Named Curator at Brooklyn MuseumShe joined the museum this month as the Sills Foundation Curator of African Art.