Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Tady, Lorraine
Discipline and Number
ARTS 3369 Section 001
T Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
The FIGURE in Paint

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 artists, 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. Personal voice and investigation is encouraged.

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Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

This semester the class will explore a theme "The Figure in Paint." The first project will include life painting from the nude model (previous experience in painting from the figure is NOT required). The second and third projects will expand our directions, using potentially non-observation based interpretations of the theme "The Figure in Paint," including concepts described above.

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