Drawing & Painting

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Art with a concentration in Drawing/Painting is designed for the student who desires to nurture and grow the artist within while preparing for a professional career– a degree designed for true artists.

Students develop individual creative expression while learning skill and technique, and study the history of art and the work of noted artists, as well as the abstract, representational, experimental and conceptual facets of painting.

Painting students develop new ways and methods to create, working on canvas, fabric, and wood. From oils, chalk, acrylics, watercolors and other mediums with various brushes and tools, airbrushes and even bare hands.

Painting Students:

  • Study watercolor, printmaking, oil painting, composition and color
  • Create and host an exhibit of their work on campus during the senior year
  • Review portfolios with art professors
  • Learn about budgeting and adjusting for reality in working with clients
  • Minor in marketing or another complimentary area
  • Work in the studio classes and individually
  • Learn from professors who are also working artists

Study Abroad

Expand your knowledge and deepen your understand of other countries and cultures.

Best Semester

Art Scholarship

We encourage every student to apply for a Freshman Art Scholarship. Get rewarded for your talent!

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Chicago's Arts Community Next Door

Gallery Row, Art Institute of Chicago, and the many other galleries and venues of our country’s third largest city are just an hour away.

Technology Toolbox

Apple MacBook Pro computers and iPad technology bring students into the world of professional art and graphic design. Production computers turn digital imaging into television. The on-site digital photography studio and dark room for traditional film development and modern techniques for manipulating images are for students’ creative pursuits.

Gallery Space on Campus

Students design and deliver their own art shows, professionally lighted and displayed, in the lobby of Strickler Planetarium and the Brandenburg Art Gallery. The Victorian House Art Gallery regularly features exhibits from visiting artists and is open to Olivet students and the community.

Meet the Faculty

An internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Bill Greiner has displayed his work at the Agora Gallery in New York City’s Chelsea art district and at Yale Divinity School, among many other exhibitions. You can see his work at @b.greiner on Instagram. In his art framing business, he framed for Christian singer Amy Grant, artist Peter Max and the James Bond collections. He has personally framed for five of the seven Bonds. He also enjoys doing art consulting work and art appraisals for estates, collections and businesses.

Art and Digital Media Faculty

Careers in Art and Digital Media:

Animator, Graphic artist, Photographer, International photojournalist, Graphic designer, Printing executive, Art teacher or professor, Illustrator, Freelance graphic artist, Art therapist

Art with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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