Faculty of Painting

Dean: dr hab. Jacek Kornacki

Vice-Dean for Student Affairs: dr Aleksandra Jadczuk

Vice-Dean: dr Marek Wrzesiński


The history of the Faculty of Painting dates back to the beginning of the university, to the legendary “Sopot School” whose founders were mostly painters. Krystyna Łada-Studnicka, Józefa Wnukowa, Hanna Żuławska, Janusz Strzałecki, Juliusz Studnicki, Jacek Żuławski as well as sculptor Marian Wnuk. It is worth mentioning them in this publication, because they were outstanding artists and personalities, which our professors remember with great gratitude. During the 60 years of the faculty’s history, there are many famous and distinguished artists associated with the school such as: Aleksander Kobzdej (1947-1951), Stanisław Teisseyre, who worked in the years 1950-1965, Stanisław Michałowski (1950-1953) and Stanisław Borysowski, who led the painting workshop from the year 1953. In 1955-57 worked Jan Cybis. Piotr Potworowski in the years 1958-1962 led the painting workshop after his return from England. It was here that Teresa Pagowska started her artistic career. Among the many outstanding artists and educators, whose fate was permanently connected linked to the history of the faculty and university, it is necessary to mention Zygmunt Karolak, Rajmund Pietkiewicz, Maksymilian Kasprowicz, Władysław Jackiewicz, Kazimierz Śramkiewicz, Kazimierz Ostrowski and Jerzy Zabłocki. Our latest history includes professors who recently have retired: Hugon Lasecki, Włodzimierz Łajming, Kiejstut Bereźnicki and Andrzej Dyakowski. For them the history of the faculty was at the same time their own. Their pupils are not only part of the current staff, raising the next generation of artists, but they are also active artists creating in Poland and abroad. Browsing historical publications we can trace the role played by the Faculty of Painting in shaping the face of the university. Initially independently, than briefly in the years 1947-1950 to create the structure of the faculty together with Interior Design. In the years 1968 - 2007 the faculty existed as the Faculty of Painting and Graphic Design. This coexistence had a significant impact on condition of both specialties, giving full artistic co-existence. The obtained autonomy places before the faculty new goals and directions in building its own identity, based on great tradition and a contemporary approach to teaching. Great artists who have created the history our university, with their artistic stance and uncompromising, dedication to the idea of art, will always be a worthy model for the teaching staff and young students of painting to remember.

Painting, as perhaps no other area of art, can bring out what is not obvious, hidden, sometimes illusive and difficult to describe. It seems that painting now recovers energy with greater force than ever before noticed, despite publicly announced ends and triumphant retreats. This strength depends not only on the continuity and renewal of traditions, because these are obvious. The artist with an awareness of tradition (being a baggage of the past), by choosing a journey called Art, opens up the limits of what was previously unknown, although it was apparently closed. A work of art contains in itself a world of truth, the knowledge of which is worth many sacrifices. The prize is getting closer to the secrets, which allow you to see what is seemingly invisible and incomprehensible, what apparently seemed to be difficult and complicated. This awareness that students obtain at every stage in their studies allows them to be a participant of this world as recipients and creators. The specific nature of studies at the Faculty of Painting is an attempt to balance this close relationship between practice and theory. Above all, it is the development of an individual student, allowing the deepening and understanding of his own experiences, essential for creating independent and responsible artistic work. In the long run it is the fundamental questions concerning the value and sense of creating art in an age in which the concepts of art and the notion of image is continuously redefined.

The Faculty of Painting in order to meet its own traditions and contemporary needs educates artistic painters, offering our students a teaching staff with high professional qualifications. In addition, the faculty is authorized to conduct doctoral and postdoctoral studies and grant the title of professor. The faculty employs a staff of 32 people, including 19 persons with post-doctoral degrees. The faculty consists of four chairs: The Chair of Basic Education, the Chair of Painting, the Chair of Drawing and the Chair of Specialization (consisting of three workshops: Mural Painting and Stained Glass, Fibre Art and Art in Public Spaces). The

Faculty of Painting conducts unified full-time studies (5 year).

The educational process is based on a student’s individual work in the workshop of their choice. The workshops have their own, independent curriculum, based on the teacher’s artistic experience, taking into account the specification of the work. The workshops prepare exhibitions at the end of each semester and academic year, which allows becoming familiar with the effects of work for both teachers and students, as well as for future candidates.

Characteristics of the Master’s unified full-time studies.

The Master’s unified full-time studies in the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk last 10 semesters. In the course of their studies students acquire skills in wider artistic creativity. The student is prepared to conduct work in the field of easel painting using traditional technology, contemporary means as well as using intermedia means of expression. A diploma in master’s unified full-time studies is made up of three parts; painting works, complementary painting techniques works; written work on art history or art theory, in which the graduate student should demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate various historical and contemporary artistic phenomena. The thesis must be in electronic form. A positively passed final examination allows the graduate student to obtain the title of Master of Arts. Graduates should be prepared to take the third cycle degree (doctoral).


Prof. Krzysztof Gliszczyński