Painting

Curriculum & Classes

Class descriptions

Drawing: Memory, Perception and Vision 

This drawing course consists of working on various scales along with diverse media as determined by the personal direction of each student. The semester consists of two drawing projects introduced by a lecture and followed by a group critique. Three two-week model sessions occur throughout the course. Kinetics, dialogue, theatre, and function are introduced in various ways as extensions of the drawing process. The projects are constructed to encourage an inclusive range of interpretation; from psychological insight to form/space/dimensional relations, along with perceptual source and narrative concerns. 

The Structure of Drawing 

Students will explore gathering information and using it as a basis for drawings. Students will be challenged to construct compositions based on their everyday experiences. There will be an emphasis on simplifying and transforming subjects into abstraction. Students will be drawing from their personal experiences and from observation including landscapes, cityscapes, and interior setups. We will meet in different locations off campus when the weather is cooperative. Traditional materials will be used along with encouragement of using experimental media.

Figure Drawing 

Gathering knowledge and development of skill is the focus of this course. The human figure, still life, and landscape will be the basis of study. All formal issues will be addressed including form, light, space, proportion, and perspective. A variety of drawing materials will be used to give students a solid understanding of their own sensibilities.

Drawing: Materials 

This course consists of two drawing projects introduced by a slide presentation relative to the content of the project. Two two-week model sessions occur throughout the course. The projects are constructed to encourage an inclusive range of interpretation; from psychological insight to form/space/dimension and material concerns. Observation, abstraction, kinetics, narrative, and theater are introduced in various ways as extensions of the drawing process. Past projects have dealt with concepts such as “ Welcome to the Rag Ball,” “The Goldbergian Effect,” “Hybrid Function/Dysfunction” and “Ganging and the Form Portrait.”

Painting Elective  

This course is designed to be both useful and challenging for students at all levels of experience. A variety of subjects will be explored. These subjects will start with painting from observation and will end with ideas from personal experience. There will be a strong emphasis on formal issues in the development of the image. Students will be encouraged to use different types of painting medium, finding the one that best solves their specific problem. Looking at and talking about painting from the past and present will help guide the students.

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