The Painting Program consists of courses in acrylic and mixed-media painting offered during the academic year. Courses are taught in the recently renovated Guggenheim Hall Painting Studio, a facility with abundant natural northern light.

The painting program provides students with a strong technical and creative foundation as well as the opportunity to explore a wide variety of individual directions in painting and mixed media. The curriculum is designed to help students develop their technical, formal and conceptual skills with a focus on individual expression and development of a personal visual vocabulary. At the advanced level, creating a cohesive body of work prepares students for further study and practice of art-making as a professional artist.

Quick Guide: Painting

Bachelor of Arts in Art & Design with a Concentration in Painting and Master of Arts in Art & Design with a Concentration in Painting degrees are offered to students.

The Painting Program consists of a series of courses in acrylic and mixed-media painting:

  • Painting I (ART 231) is an introduction to the painting process with an emphasis on developing observational, technical and conceptual painting skills. Historical and contemporary approaches to painting are researched and explored in individual projects. Students gain an understanding of color theory and practice, painting techniques, safety concerns, and construction of painting supports, and learn to apply that understanding to individual image-making.
  • Painting II & III (ART 331 & ART 431) provide for continued exploration in painting and mixed media. Goals for these courses include: improvement in technical painting ability, development of individual expression, and creation of a personal vocabulary of shape, form, color, etc., leading to thematic connections.
  • Painting IV (ART 436) provides instruction and assistance for students preparing a Senior Portfolio, seeking graduate and professional opportunities, and committing to a higher level of sustained studio production. Practical issues involved in the making, documenting, presenting, exhibiting, and promoting of artwork are discussed.

Students who have studied painting at UNC have gone on to become independent professional artists and designers, and have earned Master of Fine Art degrees at such institutions as: Claremont Graduate University, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, Penn State University, and Academy of Art University.

UNC’s Painting Club offers members exhibition opportunities, as well as funding visiting artist presentations and field trips to museums and galleries in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins.

The School of Art and Design’s Visiting Artist Series has recently sponsored painters Daniel Sprick and Anna Kaye as well as a field trip to the Denver Art Museum, where students met and talked with artist Daniel Sprick during his recent solo exhibition at the Museum.

Painting courses are taught in the recently renovated Guggenheim Hall Painting Studio, a facility with abundant natural northern light.

Learn about the application process to UNC and the School of Art & Design.

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"I've bonded with faculty, classmates, and art unique to this environment. Here I grew to be knowledgeable, sensible, flexible, deliberate, introspective, and ultimately an artist I never thought I would be. I treasure my experiences; they will always be part of me and my art."

Tania Silver

Faculty & Staff

Lauren Eisen

Associate Professor of Art and Design

The Study of Painting

Painting I

From Individual Direction series, acrylic on canvas

Painting II

"Series, Sequence, or Triptych" - acrylic and collage on wood