Try everything: pencil, ink, oil, acrylic. Play with form, structure, proportion. Refine.

 Candice Davis talks about her experience studying drawing and painting at MCAD.


Do you love to draw and/or paint from observation or from your imagination? Would you like to become better at getting the images in your mind onto paper, canvas, and other surfaces?

As a Drawing and Painting Major You Will:

  • Hone your technical and conceptual drawing and painting technique
  • Find your own creative direction and voice
  • Gain foundational skills in a variety of creative media
  • Acquire the skills and knowledge for a professional career in your chosen field

Tell Me More about Drawing and Painting at MCAD

Student Work

Alumni Spotlight

Samantha French Painting

Samantha French ’05

“Participating in the MCAD Art Sale is probably one of the biggest reasons that I’m a full-time artist today. Knowing there was a market for my work gave me the confidence to start applying for other exhibitions and to continue making the paintings I wanted to make.”

Faculty Spotlight

Michael Kareken

Michael Kareken, Professor

Michael Kareken has received awards for printmaking and drawing from the American Academy of Arts and the National Academy of Design. His work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Minnesota Historical Society, among others.