The painting and drawing area is a comprehensive program that recognizes and is informed by the deep roots of its history. It is equally aware of the significant role painting and drawing continues to play in contemporary culture. The painted or drawn image remains a basic tool of self-definition and understanding of the human condition.
The LSU Painting and Drawing curriculum provides an intellectual and creative environment that addresses an awareness of traditional conventions in the context of current forms, methods, and issues. It stresses both breadth and depth.
The first step to successful work in painting and drawing is a firm basis in the fundamentals of drawing and design (2D and 3D) that are essential components of the School of Art Foundations curriculum. After completing foundation core courses that encourage students to explore other disciplines, undergraduate students continue through intermediate and advanced drawing and painting courses that build technical proficiency and a contextual understanding of artistic practice. The painting and drawing program offers a wide array of artistic experiences ranging from figure and landscape painting to courses that address subjects such as abstract painting, water media, and performance and installation art. During the senior year students are provided with individual studios. The culmination of the undergraduate program is the Senior Project where students develop an individual aesthetic direction and body of work that is exhibited to the public in the BFA exhibition.
Seven full time faculty members in painting and drawing represent a diverse range of approaches and areas of expertise. They all share a commitment to building a strong awareness of the power and transcendence of visual images and their ability to communicate ideas and understanding across cultural boundaries. Class time is divided between in-class projects, either assigned or independent—where instructors address practical and technical issues in individual and group critiques. How to do what you want to do is balanced by the unending question of what does what you do mean? Interaction with visiting artists and critics provides alternative perspectives and reinforces a sense of professionalism.