Painting | Minneapolis College of Art and Design


Explore the world of painting at MCAD and immerse yourself in the college’s fine arts tradition that extends beyond a century.

As a Painting major, you will:

  • Explore the fundamental principles of painting and find your own creative direction and voice
  • Examine how line, light, value, intensity, and collage can describe different subject matter
  • Work from still lifes, digital photos, live models, and portraits 

MCAD Painting majors have developed into artists who have established themselves as preeminent creatives, whose work can be found everywhere from Broadway to the Walker Art Center.

Get a feel for the program:


What type of final projects will I be working on?

Students will work on independent projects in their own studios to create a series of paintings.

What type of materials will I use?

Painting major students pay an additional $100 material fee. Painting materials will be disbursed on the first day and include a variety of acrylic paint and brushes, paper, raw unstretched canvas, medium, gesso, and retarder. If students run out of supplies or would like to purchase additional colors, they are welcome to shop at the MCAD Art Cellar. Students are responsible for the cost of stretching a canvas. Canvas bars are available for purchase at the MCAD Art Cellar, ranging $20 to $75.

What other types of classes will be offered outside of my major class?

All students will take foundation classes in the morning and major classes in the afternoon. Foundation classes include art history and observational drawing.