Painting student putting varnish on painting

Painting Program

The Painting Program at UAA offers courses to a wide range of students with diverse interests that build a variety of technical and conceptual skills. Students learn the fundamental skills of oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting in beginning level classes. In Intermediate level classes, students are allowed to focus on representation, abstraction, technological, cross disciplinary and mixed media approaches. As students progress to advanced levels, our program stresses constructive criticism and individual perspectives to help build their conceptual and technical skills. Overall, experimental practices and personal expression are explored in an interdisciplinary, historical, and theoretical manner.
The painting studio is a large dynamic space with natural light and inspiring views of the Chugach Mountains. Facilities include equipment for canvas construction, accommodation of large scale work and all necessary equipment for acrylic painting, oil painting and encaustic.

Degrees offered

  • BFA, Art (Painting)
  • Classes taken in this area can be applied towards a BA, Art

Student Work

Watercolor - Rose Hendrickson
blue astronaut
Painting of two goats
life painting
winter landscape painting
Alaska Native woman portrait
portrait painting
portrait painting
student painting work
life painting



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