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About the Program

The studio art program empowers students to learn diverse perspectives and practical portfolio art skills for transfer into art schools and university studio art programs. We offer a range of beginning to intermediate level ceramics, digital arts, drawing, life drawing, 2-D, and 3-D design, painting and art theory. Our equitable schedule of courses is offered on weekdays, weeknights, weekends, face to face, hybrid, zoom and online to fit students' needs.

Join Us This Spring • Sunday, April 21

Life Drawing Marathon with drawing of a man leaning forward

Foothill art instructor Hilary Gomes will lead an all-day figure drawing experience from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on the Main Campus, offered through Community Education.

Students, local artists, and the community in the Peninsula and South Bay area are invited to draw from the live models. There will be three rooms for quick and long pose robed and unrobed figure drawings.

Register to Reserve Your Spot

Cost to Participate

  • General Admission: $50
  • Students: $35, includes high school, community college, or college; no ID required


Email Hilary Gomes at

Art Degrees & Certificates

View list below for programs offered at Foothill. Then select program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.

For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

NOTE: When viewing this program map, you may select from four pathways — 1. Painting; 2. Digital and Color Theory; 3. Drawing and Figure Studies; and 4. Ceramics.

Certificate of Achievement

NOTE: When viewing this program map, you may select from four pathways — 1. Drawing and Figure Studies; 2. Painting; 3. Ceramics; and 4. Digital and Color Theory.


We offer courses in the following disciplines: 

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Color & Design Foundations
  • Digital Painting

See our course catalog for detailed descriptions.

See schedule of classes for courses offered this and upcoming term.

Our Faculty

Visit some of our faculty websites to learn more about the artists who teach at Foothill.

Examples of Student Work

Hilary Gomes

Our Art Department Chair can help!

Hilary Gomes,  Studio Arts,  Department Chair


Bldg 1600, Office 1605A

Ron Herman, Division Dean
Fine Arts & Communication Division

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