The painting program at The University of Alabama promotes the idea that painting is an evolving and vital art form. Courses are designed for students of all levels, backgrounds, and interests and embrace both traditional and expanded methodologies. Assignments are designed to provide structure and challenge while encouraging critical thought and context for the students’ creative interest. Projects in painting, which are both foundational and conceptual, expose knowledge of the historical and current practices of painting.

Critique day in painting class.

Painting classrooms occupy the fourth floor of historic Woods Hall. Courses are taught in a large, well-lit studio containing easels, tabourets, wall spaces and flat working areas. The critique and workshop areas provide opportunities for group meetings and basic stretcher building. Graduate students are provided with individual studios.

Painting by Anna Katherine Phipps  Sky Shineman,    Astri Snodgrass, "In and Under" Jenny Busam, In the humid wildflower garden, 2011, watercolor

These classrooms are collaborative environments where beginning and upper-level students share technical skills, ideas and feedback with each other. All students enrolled in painting courses have 24/7 access to the painting area.

For information about applying, go here: or call us for more information: (205) 348-5967.

Painting Faculty

Jason Guynes, Professor
Sky Shineman, Associate Professor

Bryce Speed, Assistant Professor
Tom Wegrzynowski, Instructor