Beginning Painting: Form and Image
This course is an introduction to painting in acrylics and oils and is open to the student who is new to painting, as well as to the student who has had prior art-making experience. The student will be painting abstract works. Drawing will be an integral part of the course: learning to work from observation of everyday objects and the figure. Class assignments will include color theory and color mixing. Each assignment will call upon the student to make decisions in order to complete the project in a creative manner. There will be regular class discussions on the progress of the work, as well as visual presentations on art history and on individual artists. The conference work will begin with drawing in a sketchbook and with individually assigned readings on art. The final conference project will be a large painting, which will be developed from the drawings and from the progress made in the student’s understanding of painting as a process. The student will be required to work in the studio in addition to the class periods,\ in order to complete the assigned painting and conference work. The goals of this course are to become confident in one’s ability and to take chances.