Studio Art: Painting

Creativity at its finest

The Studio Art Painting emphasis gives students insight into both color theory and numerous ways of making compelling images with oil paint both realistically and abstractly. Painting requires solid drawing skills and will enhance your ability to see proportions, perspective, and other methods of realism.  

Our graduates find their skills useful in a variety of fields, including illustration (even digital design and illustration is enhanced by the knowledge of physical painting), 2-D animation, theater set design, mural painting, and gallery or commissioned art sales.

There are a number of famous film-makers and cinematographers who have a love of painting as well, showing how a knowledge of color, design, and space can elevate creativity in a variety of career paths. Many students take the next step in their education by following a BA with an MFA in Studio Art/Painting.

Student and instructor looking at a painting.

Student to
Faculty Ratio

With small class sizes, our students get individualized attention from their professors, who are dedicated to helping them reach their artistic and professional goals.

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There is scholarship funding that is available and widely dispersed across our department, all to help you graduate with less debt. 


Your Work

Whether it's displays in the hallways of Kamerick Art Building, or around campus and the community, our students have ample opportunities to showcase their artwork.


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Department of Art
104 Kamerick Art Building
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0362

Phone: 319-273-2077

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About the Coursework

Painting I

This class covers a wide range of topics, immersing the student in realistic work early in the semester, then transitions into more abstract work as the semester progresses. This offers a solid foundation for more independent painting in the upper levels, and is a rewarding experience for students who want a broad overview in painting.

Painting II

This class is a more in-depth exploration of abstraction, including various processes that are used in finding interesting imagery (e.g. collage, photorealism, and experimental techniques), and adds portrait or figure painting. Upper-level courses develop the student’s individual voice as a painter, with a strong emphasis on understanding contemporary art and the context in which we make work today.


Many students become entranced by the quietness and the focus or 'flow' of working in the painting studio. Oil paint is a beautiful medium and offers an immersive experience for those who enjoy working with their hands.

Ken Hall
Professor, painting
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UNI Gallery of Art

The UNI Gallery of Art, located in Kamerick Art Building, offers students an opportunity to gain experience in the field as an undergraduate. Our students find part-time work assisting with gallery operations, and can intern with the gallery. In addition, our students display their work in exhibitions at the gallery each semester.