Painting at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design is a place and space for makers—for painters who expect to innovate, challenge and be challenged, dig deep, and get their hands dirty. Our courses cover a range of painting practices from observational and narrative art to abstract and material investigations. By facilitating the development of painting as a means of individual expression, reflection, and communication, we encourage our students to cultivate their own points of view. The diverse techniques explored within the program allow students to research traditional skills alongside dynamic new approaches in the field.
Challenge convention at one of the nation’s leading painting institutions
Your space to create—24 hours a day
We encourage our students to develop their own practice. That’s why painting students can access individual studio space any time of day.
Housed in the Fine Arts Building and the Studio Arts Annex, painting and drawing classrooms are large and naturally lit, with ample storage for artwork and lockers for materials or supplies. Painting spaces also include two large prop rooms that allow instructors and students to construct a wide range of setups when working on still-life arrangements, in addition to a painting woodshop.
B.F.A. + M.F.A. studios
B.F.A. and M.F.A. painting students are provided personal studio space in the Studio Arts Annex and enjoy 24-hour access to the building. The facility also houses faculty studios making it easy for students to receive faculty mentorship and engage in collaborative work with peers.
Tools + equipment
- Drawing horses (36)
- Painting easels (24)
- Palette tables for mixing paint (24)
- Drawing easels (18)
- Prop closet
- Projector screens
- Original anatomy casts
- Animal and human replicas for study
- Art cart with computer and digital projector
- SawStop industrial table saw
- 5HP 52" fence
- Dewalt 12" chop saw DW16XPS
- Bosch 12V cordless drill/driver PS21-2A kit
- Dewalt D23453K 5" RO sander
- Jet DC-1100A dust collector
- Dewalt drill bit set
- Kreg K4 system pocket hole set
- Drill (corded)
- Palm sander
- Nail gun (Bostitch 18 gauge)
- Air compressor
Canvas + world
We shape painters who are intelligent, aware, articulate, serious, and able artists. Students work independently and engage in group critiques to develop their own approaches and interests.
Through the McKinney Visiting Artist Series and Painting Guild, the painting program hosts nationally and internationally recognized artists to meet with students, present their work, and give workshops and individual critiques.
Some of our past visiting artists include:View upcoming visiting artists
Alumni making their mark
Taylor Woolwine is an artist and art educator from Williamstown, West Virginia. A recipient of Manifest Gallery’s Artist in Residence Award, his recent exhibitions include Inside and Out at The Painting Center in New York City and Magnitude Seven at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. Taylor is an adjunct professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.Learn about careers