Painting + Drawing

About the Painting & Drawing Program 

Painting & drawing is a comprehensive studio area within the LSU School of Art that recognizes and is informed by the deep roots of its history and continues to play a significant role in contemporary culture. The painted or drawn image remains a basic tool of self-definition and understanding of the human condition. The school offers concentrations in painting & drawing for both the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art and the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art. An undergraduate minor is also available.

For undergraduates the first step to successful work in painting & drawing is a firm basis in the fundamentals of drawing and design (2D and 3D)—essential components of first-year foundations courses. After exploring other disciplines, students interested in painting & drawing continue through intermediate and advanced drawing and painting courses that build technical proficiency and a contextual understanding of artistic practice.

The painting & drawing program offers an intellectual and creative environment that addresses an awareness of traditional conventions in the context of current forms, methods, and issues. The curriculum stresses both breadth and depth and covers a wide array of artistic experiences from figure and landscape painting to abstract painting, water media, and performance and installation art. Faculty members represent a diverse range of approaches and areas of expertise. Each member shares 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. Interaction with visiting artists and critics provides alternative perspectives and reinforces a sense of professionalism. During the fourth year, undergraduate students are provided with individual studios. The culmination of the undergraduate program is the senior project, for which students develop an individual aesthetic direction and body of work that is exhibited to the public in the Bachelor of Fine Art Show at Foster Gallery.

Visit the admissions area of this site to view more information about the curriculum and to review the selective admissions process. View painting & drawing student work in the School of Art Portfolios.

Painting + Drawing Faculty

Scott Andresen, Assistant Professor
Denyce Celentano, Associate Professor & Associate Director
Kelli Scott Kelley, Professor, Graduate Coordinator
John Malveto, Associate Professor
Frederick Ortner, Professor, Area Coordinator
Ed Smith, Professor

Beyond the Studio

The College of Art & Design’s Lecture Series and the School of Art’s visiting artists program bring a dynamic spectrum of visiting artists and critics to campus. Exhibitions, fieldtrips, and study abroad opportunities, including Art in Ireland and Printmaking in Florence, offer a broad range of practical and inspiring experience, bringing both the art world and larger world perspectives to the learning environment.


Painting & drawing classes are held in Foster Hall and the Studio Arts Building. Foster Hall contains three large, well-equipped painting studios with storage racks, taborets, and easels and three drawing studios with model stands, easels, and drawing benches. The Studio Arts Building is one large room, approximately 7,000 square feet, currently used for senior projects and the advanced drawing workshop. Students have access to studios seven days a week.