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Norman Akers
Carol Ann Carter
Amber Hansen
Tanya Hartman
Gerald Lubensky
Judith McCrea


The painting program at the University of Kansas provides students not only with a strong technical and creative foundation, but also with the opportunity to explore the endless number of paths the painting medium can lead an artist. In the first levels of painting, students learn to apply skills they acquired in Foundations, including drawing, design concepts and color theory using the paint medium, while learning to consider and develop the content of their work.

As students progress into the upper levels of the painting program, with the assistance of their professors, they learn to determine their own decision-making processes when dealing with such issues as form, content, materials and presentation.

In addition to the beginning and advanced painting courses offered every semester, professors also provide courses that coincide with their own research interests, such as Painting As Process and a Traditional Technologies Workshop. As a result, students are exposed to methods, concepts and techniques, such as working collaboratively or learning how to make encaustic, egg tempera, or fresco from scratch, and use it in their work—things they would normally have to pursue individually.

BA (undergraduate)

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For students who entered KU prior to Fall 2011
For students who entered KU Fall 2011 or later

BFA (undergraduate)

BFA degree check sheets:

For students who entered KU prior to Fall 2011
For students who entered KU Fall 2011 or later

MFA (graduate)


Open Drawing


Figure drawing is an exercise in drawing <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drawing>  the human body in its various shapes and positions. Life drawing refers to the process of drawing the human figure from observation of a live model. Figure drawing is arguably the most difficult subject an artist <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist>  commonly encounters, and entire classes are dedicated to the subject.

The human figure is one of the most enduring themes in the visual arts, and figure drawing can be applied to portraiture <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portraiture> , cartooning <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartooning>  and comic book <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_book>  illustration, sculpture <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sculpture> , medical illustration <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_illustration> , and other fields that use depictions of the human form. Figure drawing can be done very simply, as in gesture drawing <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gesture_drawing> , or in more detail, using charcoal <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charcoal> , pencil <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencil>  or other drawing tools. If pigment is used, the process may be called figure painting <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figure_painting> .

It is a good experience for an artist to draw the wide variety that are the different human forms.  Therefore, not all models will be young and in great shape, sometimes the best models are older, and even elderly.  Models can run the gambit from skinny to heavy.  Generally, an artist wants a wide range of body types.



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