Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
While observation and the ability to convey convincing form, light, space and depth in a painting often drives the Foundation painting class (along with an introduction to the materials and properties of painting), an Intermediate painting class invites students to inquire with regards to what may incite his or her personal painting path and the content therein. Additionally, the intermediate level does not necessarily give up on perceptual concerns and the complexity the outside world provides, but asks students to address varying theoretical points of view. Visual problems, contemporary and historical examples, and creative process strategies are introduced to the class, allowing each individual to begin investigating the various paths one may take when constructing a painted image, or a series of works. Concepts are explored to push the boundaries of material, subject, vision, process and interpretation. Digital and analog tools as well as an image bank project encourage the student to pursue the expansive interior (dreams, imagination, sensory perception) and exterior world (observed forms, design, information, culture, advertising) as catalysts for visual imagery.
Class includes readings and research of contemporary painters to help assist with the understanding of “artist’s intent”, the critique, and the technical manipulation of paint. Historical and contemporary examples will augment the course. Personal voice and investigation is encouraged.
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