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Escape into the canvas and turn the mundane into visual poetry when you enroll in painting classes.

What Will I Learn About Painting at JCCC?

At Johnson County Community College, Painting courses are designed to encourage you to see the world differently — to bring beauty and meaning to your art.

We believe feedback is a gift! Our award-winning Fine Arts faculty and your peers will critique your painting pieces with objective, art-based evaluations. Together, you’ll tackle advanced questions with an emphasis on individual expression based on historical and contemporary ideas and approaches in painting art.

In JCCC’s Painting courses, you’ll stay informed about the current state of the industry and what it is like to work in the field.

Gain experience with painting as you produce a series of out-of-class projects that will demonstrate your personal expression while applying:

  • Surface preparation
  • Shape and space
  • Texture
  • Composition and design
  • Color relationships and mixing

Earn an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) Degree

JCCC offers an Associate of Fine Arts degree that lets you tailor your learning experience to match your interests.

  • AFA with the Fine Arts Track - This track is a general degree focusing on Fine Arts.
  • AFA with the Lens-based Media Track - This track offers you the flexibility to focus on Photography or Flimmaking.

For details about how to plan your classes, contact Tonia Hughes at

[Catalog] Associate of Fine Arts, AFA

Why JCCC for Painting Courses?

You’ll learn about and practice your techniques in painting in interactive classrooms and labs housed in our new 37,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Fine Arts & Design Studios (FADS).

As a Fine Arts student, you’ll have access to:

  • Year-round covered outdoor workspaces
  • Ventilated studios with separate spaces
  • Cross-discipline collaboration in multiple-use classrooms

JCCC Painting and Fine Arts professors are engaged in local, regional and international venues, exhibitions, and activities. Many instructors attend emerging trends conferences and workshops. Involvement is critical to stay current on new techniques, practices and methods for painting and other art forms.

JCCC has plenty of opportunities for students to get involved and gain more experience. Check out Get Involved @ JCCC to find a group that fits your interests.

The JCCC campus is home to the internationally recognized Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. The Nerman Museum houses a world-class collection of permanent pieces of art and traveling exhibitions, including artwork of all methods and forms, countries, cultures, and eras. The museum serves as a vital resource for students and the community learning about art, culture, and history.

As you create work in your painting courses, you may also exhibit your work through these outlets:

  • The Student Gallery, located on third floor of the Student Center, showcases some of the best work by JCCC student artists.
  • Mind’s Eye is a literary magazine produced yearly and features students’ artistic works.
  • Art competitions and exhibitions at local, regional and national levels, such as those sponsored by League for Innovation in the Community College, put your work in front of industry professionals and give it a wider community audience.

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Most fine arts painters pursue postsecondary education to earn degrees that can improve their skills and job prospects. Craft and fine artists professionally advance as they establish a reputation for their branding and style. Most successful artists are continually developing, and their work evolves.

Some careers that require artistic painting are:

  • Book illustrators
  • Calligraphers
  • Cartoonists
  • Commercial artists
  • Fashion illustrators
  • Fresco artists
  • Medical and scientific illustrators
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Muralists
  • Portrait artists
  • Water colorist

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

The cost of going to college can drastically impact your ability to succeed. At Johnson County Community College, we want our students to be able to afford a program that they love. That’s why we’re constantly working to make tuition more affordable for you.

Here’s what JCCC has to offer:

Textbook and other supply costs vary depending on your courses.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Resources and Tools at JCCC

Being a student at JCCC means you have access to a range of services and resources to help you succeed. We offer professional tutoring and small, personalized class sizes. When you attend Johnson County Community College, your education truly matters.

The cost of going to school can be daunting. Fortunately, our Financial Aid office is here to help you through the process. Our counselors can help you find ways to fund your schooling, including scholarships and student loans, both of which can help to reduce the cost of your tuition every semester.

If you need help discovering what your passion will be post-graduation, our Career Development Center and Academic Counseling services are great support tools.

You can also further your education by transferring to a four-year school. JCCC is here to help make the transition to another college program easy and stress-free.