• LCAD Fine Arts

Drawing + Painting

LCAD’s Fine Arts department offers students a carefully crafted curriculum offering the most efficient learning experience in representational drawing, painting and sculpture. LCAD is one of only a few fully accredited institutions committed to developing highly skilled representational figurative artists that graduate prepared to enter the competitive art market. Our alumni have gained acceptance into competitive graduate programs, excelled in the gallery market, gained private and public commissions, work in museum and curatorial art fields and art education.


Our program’s philosophy is grounded in classical traditions which is an integral part of what makes our department unique and is the driving force behind our student’s success. Our curriculum is designed to give students the necessary skills to accurately portray still life, figure, portrait, landscape, group figures and to address concepts and ideas of contemporary, narrative storytelling. In addition to mastering techniques, the business of art is integrated into the curriculum. Students are introduced to professional practices, marketing and presentation to prepare them for the challenges of a demanding and competitive art world.


Our faculty is comprised of nationally award winning artists who share their success with our students in intimate learning environments where students develop and achieve their individual goals.



LCAD’s Drawing + Painting alumni are accepted to the most competitive graduate programs, excel in the gallery market, earn private and public commissions, are arts educators, and work in museum and curatorial roles. They are employed within the following fine arts career paths and more:

  • Exhibiting Gallery Artist
  • College Instructor
  • Museum and Gallery Curator
  • Gallery Director
  • Commissioned Sculptor
  • Commissioned Portrait Artist
  • Private Instructor
  • Private Studio Owner
  • Gallery Owner
  • Public Muralist
  • Art Restorer and Conservator
  • Printmaker
  • Museum Archivist





Graduates will be able to:

  • Use compositional structures to achieve unity and balance.
  • Demonstrate applied perspective to achieve the illusion of depth.
  • Represent still life in landscapes, interiors and the human form using various traditional mediums while developing their artistic processes and techniques.
  • Create a multi-figurative composition in an environment using various references.
  • Apply current professional business and self-marketing practices.
  • Develop a cohesive body of work to be exhibited in student exhibitions that will serve as professional launching points.






Gainful Employment Information for Undergraduate Certificates in Drawing & Painting



Laguna College of Art + Design
Hope Railey
Chair of Drawing + Painting

Hope Railey was born in New Orleans and graduated with an MFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco before training with Glen Orbik at CAI. She then taught beginning drawing and painting at the Academy while participating in numerous group and two person shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles before relocating to Southern California. She has become a respected teacher and artist in the academic fine arts world and has been included in todays top fine art exhibitions featuring academic works.