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Fine Arts

Painting Concentration

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Tremendous Value

Emporia State University offers extremely competitive tuition rates, as well as tuition reduction programs and scholarships.

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Faculty Invested in Your Success

Our students enjoy the benefits of small classes and a close relationship with ESU  faculty.


Painting I students learn the essentials of painting, while focusing on traditional representational painting methods. Painting II builds on the fundamentals while focusing on contemporary painting approaches, including experimentation and abstraction. Students dive deep into researching other painters’ methods and motivations from the past and present in Painting III, while creating a body of work inspired by historically significant painters. Projects in Painting and Advanced Painting students narrow their focus while working to develop a personal body of work. In addition to the required painting classes, additional classes are occasionally offered to broaden students’ painting experiences including, Figure Painting, Watercolor, Mural Painting, Independent Study in Painting, and Internship in Painting.


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The painting studio is equipped with easels, and taborets for each student, a utility sink, shelves for storing palettes, as well as storage/drying racks with a built in ventilation system. Three of the studio walls are designed to display paintings and are illuminated by track lights.


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  • Student Organizations. Join your artist community in clubs such as the Clay Guild, Glass Guild, Photo Club, National Art Education Association (NAEA), and American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA).
  • Art Galleries. Emporia has two galleries, the Norman R. Eppink & Gilson Memorial Galleries. Come be inspired by local and national pieces!
  • Student Exhibitions. Present your best work at the Annual Juried Student Exhibition, and admire the work of your peers.
  • Art Forum Visiting Artists Lecture Series. Come listen to and meet outstanding artists from around the country.


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(620) 341-5246

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King Hall 010D


Campus Box 4015
Emporia, KS 66801