Drawing and Painting

The Painting and Drawing area at Queen's University embraces an interdisciplinary approach to artistic creation. Students are asked to examine the importance of their practice within the greater context of the fine arts.

Iris Fryer Painting
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The beginning courses in painting and drawing cover issues such as composition, colour theory, observational studies, and the development of ideas. As they move through the program, each student is encouraged to find her/his own voice and to develop an individual approach to making art.

Advanced painting courses are designed to help students build a cohesive body of work that is structured on the foundations learned in the beginning classes. Frequent individual and group critiques enable students to work closely with the faculty. Peer-based interaction and collaboration provide our art majors with the skills needed to communicate and strengthen their ideas.

In addition, our visiting artist series provides our students with access to a number of important contemporary artists working in Canada.


The painting and drawing studios are large, have high ceilings and plenty of natural light. All studios are equipped with easels and good ventilation. Studios are accessible seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The woodshop is available to painting students for building canvasses, wood panels and other supports. A skilled technician will provide workshops on stretcher construction and how to operate the machinery safely.