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Drawing + Painting


LCAD’s Fine Arts department presents entering students with an immersive artistic experience offering a robust foundation in representational drawing, painting and sculpture with an emphasis placed on academic figuration. Alongside building skills, our courses encourage experimentation with materials and exploration of individual ideas and interests to broaden students’ visual language, culminating in the development of a body of work that is authentic to each artist.

Students entering senior year are provided a private studio space to work for the entirety of their final year, where they are mentored individually and engage in critical discourse with their peers and distinguished guests. The Fine Arts department offers a BFA in Drawing and Painting, in addition to an Emphasis in Illustration, and an Emphasis in Sculpture.

Our Fine Arts faculty is composed of nationally and internationally recognized artists who are invested in mentoring their students to enter the diverse world of visual arts.

Building a Career Starts on Day One

Building a career as an artist begins on the first day of classes, where students are introduced to beginning professional practices that are reinforced throughout the curriculum. Junior year, students complete Professional Studies, which provide current, real-world strategies and marketing skills that prepare visual artists in exploring and entering the professional workspace. 

Junior and senior level students participate in a Spring Professional Mentorship, where students choose a professional mentor in the areas of gallery exhibition, art conservation, museum administration, or a one-on-one independent artist advisor. Students have the chance to apply to internships in their junior year for credit and are given support through our Career Services Office and our Internship Coordinator.

LCAD’s Drawing + Painting alumni have been accepted to competitive graduate programs, excel in the gallery market, earn private and public commissions, are arts educators, and work in museum and curatorial roles.

Alumni Gallery Representation + Professional Partnerships
  • Abend Gallery
  • Arcadia Contemporary
  • Art Miami
  • Art Renewal Center
  • Copro Gallery
  • Dawson Cole Fine Art
  • Gallery 1261
  • High Noon Gallery
  • Koplin Del Rio Gallery
  • LA Art Show
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • Manifest Gallery
  • MEAM Museum
  • Poets + Artists
  • Portrait Society of America
  • Salmagundi Club
  • Saltfineart
  • Sue Greenwood Fine Art
  • Sullivan Goss Gallery
Distinguished Guests
  • Andrew Hem
  • Steven Assael
  • Kim Cogan
  • Vincent Desiderio
  • Zoey Frank
  • Ann Gale
  • Alex Kanevsky
  • Jas Knight
  • Brad Kunkle
  • Laurie Lipton
  • Narsiso Martinez
  • Justin Mortimer
  • Daniel Sprick
  • Ruprecht von Kaufmann




Graduates will be able to:

  • Execute a complex understanding of a broad range of materials and techniques.
  • Implement technical knowledge as it pertains to historical and contemporary art practices.
  • Synthesize through practice, problem defining and problem solving while drawing from diverse external sources.
  • Communicate depth of understanding of one’s artistic practice and its historical context in written and verbal forms.
  • Articulate an understanding of present-day professional standards in their chosen media and in the larger field of contemporary art.

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.