Spring 2020 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Egan, Trey
Discipline and Number
ARTS 2316 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Painting Foundations

Description of Course:

This course provides a foundation for Intermediate Painting and Advanced Visual Arts, preparing students for advancement in both analog and digital strategies in Painting. Emphasis will be placed on how to skillfully manipulate color to create convincing form, light and space in a picture, as well as begin an approach to exploring personal ideas in art making. This course will cover an introduction to the materials of painting, color mixing, and the preparation of painting surfaces. Lectures and discussions will address color theory and design as they relate to the process of image making and both the history of painting and current issues in contemporary art. This course may not be repeated.

While introducing the fundamentals of materials and technique, this class will explore painting as a means of expression for each individual. Classroom assignments, demonstrations, slide lectures and critiques will all be used to develop the observational skills and intellectual questioning necessary to create an effective, satisfying work of art.

Additionally, the class aims to give the student insight into the use of color in painting and to provide some understanding of the critical and technical vocabulary of painting. The student may also arrive at a fuller understanding of concept, content and creative process.

Students will be given a series of assignments exploring a range of traditional and contemporary subject matters for painting. Potential subjects include still-life, self-portraiture, and landscape, as well as some less familiar sources of imagery relating to non-representational and abstract art. The practice of painting is undertaken with a wide variety of motivations, intentions and imagery, all adding up to a unique combination for each artist.

This class is a pre-req for Intermediate Painting.

*Because of time constraints, and the amount of time it takes to complete an oil painting: this course is not a tutorial based class on oil painting. Instead we will explore the process of painting in class, with emphasis on experimentation and variation of application and color palette.

Required Texts:

Lectures and artist research will augment the class.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

1.Class attendance 2. Completion of projects 3. Assigned reading/writing 4. Individual development and growth.

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