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Painting Classes on Long Island with School Options

Jul 19, 2019

Research painting courses in Long Island, which currently has ten schools offering programs. Read an overview of courses, tuition information, and program options for these schools and decide which one is right for you.

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Essential Information

Long Island is comprised of Nassau and Suffolk counties and serves as home to 33 colleges and universities. Ten of these schools offer courses in painting, either for personal enrichment or as part of a degree program. Individual classes focus on art skills and techniques at increasing levels (I-IV) or on mediums such as painting or pencil work. Students may choose to develop a portfolio of work as they take classes and some schools may allow the opportunity to advanced students to show their pieces in a gallery setting on campus.

Below are brief overviews of the schools and painting courses, as well as a comparison table that can students weigh program costs and campus locations.


Adelphi University

Adelphi University is located in suburban Garden City, and the school enrolls almost 8,000 students each year. Introductory and advanced painting courses are offered through the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in studio art and provide students with training in color mixing, rendering and technique.

Aspiring artists can also pursue a watercolor workshop that teaches them how to work with both wet and dry brush strokes. Graduate-level courses include 600- and 700-level painting studios and workshops.

Hofstra University

Hempstead in Nassau County is home to Hofstra University, and the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 11,000 students every year. These include a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with concentrations in ceramics, design, painting, photography or sculpture. In the beginning painting course, students have the opportunity to work with different subjects and techniques, while learning about painting materials.

Through subsequent coursework, undergraduates develop their own painting voice and concentrate on areas of special artistic interest. They can also receive training in portrait and figure painting. Unique to the university is a hands-on course in materials and techniques that covers topics in acrylics, gouache, egg tempera, oils and watercolors.

In 2013, the university offered a continuing education course in watercolor painting for adult learners at all levels ($300).

Long Island University (C.W. Post)

Long Island University in Brookville enrolls over 11,000 students annually, and program offerings include those at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The majority of the painting courses are available through the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art program, and content emphasis is on 2-D studies and non-objective representation.

Through the Master of Arts in Art and Master of Fine Arts in Art programs, graduate students have the opportunity to pursue studio work in the media of their choice. Undergraduate and advanced students also have access to exhibition spaces at the Hillwood Art Museum and the Student Art League Gallery.

Molloy College

Molloy College is located in Rockville Center and enrolls about 4,300 students annually. Program offerings include a 128-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art program with courses in basic and watercolor painting, figure drawing and modern art.

Through the introductory course in painting, students have the opportunity to experiment and develop their own personal style while learning about historical approaches and participating in critiques. Topics associated with the watercolor course include gouache and transparent colors, paper types and a study of famous watercolorists.

In addition to designated fine arts studios, special school features include an art gallery and student exhibitions.

Nassau Community College (SUNY)

Located in Garden City, Nassau Community College awards both an Associate of Art in Art Studies, as well as an Associate of Science in Art. Relevant facilities include the Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery, where both faculty members and students exhibit their work.

The introductory and advanced courses in painting are similar to the ones offered by the aforementioned schools and emphasize creativity, methodology and self-expression. Students should be aware in advance that extra costs for materials and supplies might be as high $200.

Adult learners may be able to find painting courses through the college's continuing education program, and the 2013 schedule included still-life work in acrylics ($175).

New York Institute of Old Technology - Old Westbury

At the Old Westbury campus of the New York Institute of Technology, undergraduates can pursue two sequential courses in painting. In addition to learning about composition and technique, aspiring painters have the opportunity to complete lab work and studio assignments. Although the college does not offer a degree in art, it does have an undergraduate interdisciplinary studies program that allows students to pursue a concentration in fine art.

St. Joseph's College - Suffolk

The Long Island campus of St. Joseph's College is located in Patchogue. Although the school does not offer a degree program in the fine arts, undergraduates can pursue an 18-credit minor in studio art. In addition to courses in art history and theory, students work in a wide variety of mediums, including 3-D design, crafts, drawing and painting. The latter is limited to an introductory and advanced study of materials and techniques.

State University of New York - Stony Brook

Through the state university in Stony Brook, students can earn either Bachelor of Arts or complete an 18-credit minor in studio art. At the undergraduate level, students have the opportunity to work in acrylics and oils and explore the fundamentals of figure, landscape and still-life painting. More advanced work includes a study of historical styles and the opportunity for personal development. Through a course in theory and practice, aspiring professionals explore painting concepts and techniques by way of assignments, critiques, exhibitions and studio work.

Stony Brook also offers a master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, but applicants should be aware in advance that fewer than 20 students are admitted each year.

Suffolk Community College (SUNY)

Suffolk County Community College offers painting courses at its campuses in Brentwood, Riverhead and Selden. Through the introductory course, students work with oils and other materials while learning how to render color, light and shadow. Those who enroll in the advanced course have the opportunity to pursue independent work.

The Associate of Science is available at the Brentwood and Selden campuses and includes topics in 2-D and 3-D design, art history and drawing. Painting courses may be used to fulfill the 3-course art elective requirement.

The college also serves as home to the Maurice N. Flecker Gallery.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Painting Courses Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
Adelphi University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Painting I and II,
Painting Workshop,
Watercolor Workshop
$19,235 per semester (2019-2020)*
Hofstra University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Beginning and Intermediate Painting,
Life painting,
Materials and Techniques of the Painter,
Painting III and IV,
Continuing Education
$23,225 per term (2019-2020)*
Long Island University (C.W. Post) 4-year private not-for-profit; large suburb Painting I-III,
Advanced Painting
$36,452 (2019-2020)*
Molloy College 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Fundamentals of Painting,
Watercolor Painting
$15,665 per semester (2019-2020)*
Nassau Community College (SUNY) 2-year, public; large suburb Painting I and II,
Continuing Education
$2,800 per semester: in-state students,
$5,600 per semester: out-of-county or out-of-state students (2019-2020)*
New York Institute of Technology 4-year, private; large suburb Painting I and II $36,600 (2019)*
St. Joseph's College 4-year, public; large suburb Painting I and II $14,558 (2019-2020)*
State University Of New York - Stony Brook 4-year, public; large suburb Introductory Painting,
Life Drawing and Painting,
Painting II and III,
Advanced Theory and Practice of Painting,
Graduate Painting Studio
$9,625 in-state
$27,295 out-of-state**
Suffolk Community College (SUNY) 2-year, public; large suburb Painting I,
Advanced Painting Sequence,
Watercolor
$2,735 per semester, in-state students,
$5,470 per semester, out-of-state students (school information last updated in 2019)*

Source: *Schools' websites, **NCES.ed.gov

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