Advanced Painting (ART 4323)
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Advanced studio course in a variety of painting techniques which may include
inclusions of other media, such as photography and print. Nine hours of studio laboratory per week.
- To develop and explore personal concepts in the painting medium.
- To RESEARCH, plan, explore, & DEVELOP CONCEPTS for making art.
- To create works of art which stress effective visual organization, risk taking experimentation, originality and craftsmanship.
- To demonstrate the use of design vocabulary, through analysis & articulation of form.
- To develop a strong critical evaluation of personal artwork and to the analysis of relationships among parts (formal design principles)
- To develop a verbal foundation in regards to your work (visual images) and concepts.
- To further develop individual skills and techniques towards the development of a style.
- To develop a journal which documents the originality of concept and image, both through ideation and
execution - self expression.
- To study other artists, their art, philosophies and art processes through computer web site access, publications, and periodical resources.
- To study modern and post modern movements / artists with an emphasis on becoming more awarene of various aesthetic philosophies and theory.
- Develop a series of works in the painting medium which reveal personal growth - risk taking, attempts in unkown media, difficult concepts and synthesis of ideas. Minimum of 8 works this semester.
- Develop a journal: A personal record of experiences and observations kept on a regular basis.
"An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached." &emdash;Irwin Greenberg
You will recieve a grade on this work. Thumbnail sketches and anlaysis of contemporary painters should be included, as well as at least 25 sketches reflecting ideation for your personal work with an essay at the end of the semester regarding the content of your body of work.
- Units of study: specific concepts will be assigned / presented by the instructor at selected intervals. Solution to the assigned concepts will be made on an individual basis.
- Oral and written participation in class critiques - concepts and formal design relationships (critical thinking). You will make a brief presentation to this class every two weeks in a critique format. You should demonstrate an ability to articulate what your work is about.
- Research and collect data on several artists through the use of the computer studio lab. We will be going into the computer room to investigate contemporary painters and document thumbnail sketches of their paintings. Thiswill greatly assist you in learning how to locate artists "which speak to you" and in whom you are interested in for personal knowledge, insight, study and analysis. You will select an artist to research indepth and develop a work / works which reveal direct influences on your style development. You will present your research and work to the class at a specified critique session.
Collect at least 25 quotes from artists of interest to you.
From Irwin Greenberg's THE PAINTER'S PRIMER:
- Add new painters to your list of favorites of all time.
- Study especially those artists who are dealing with problems that are the same as the ones your're trying to solve.
- When at an impasse, look at the work of masters.
- Analyze the work of the great painters. Study how they emphasize and subordinate.
- Read. Be conversant with the great ideas.
- Find the artists who are on your wavelength and continuaously increase the list.
- When you are in trouble, study the lives of those who've done great things.
- Look at what you can learn from the great painters, not what's wrong with them.
- Stay away from put-down artists.
- Vermeer found a life's work in a corner of a room.
- Compose a picture, making a lot of thumbnails, rejecting the obious ones.
- Study how Rembrandt creates a flow of tone.
- If you've been able to put a personal response into your work, others will feel it and they will be your audience.
- If you're at a loss for what to do next, do a self-portrait.
Your final grade is determined by my evaluation of your weekly efforts on each project. I take into consideration your steady participation and overall commitment to your art. I consider how you balance the interruptions and inconveniences of life and still make art and how you solve the problems of motivation, time and space to make your art. I consider your entering skill level, your demonstrated discipline and attitude towards painting. I want you to find excuses to make preparations to paint, and research about art and what it is that makes you want to make art. Define your semester contract. Your performance will be judged in accordance to your performance and steady participation.
Your attendance and active participation is critical to the overall concept of this course of study and is required at all scheduled critiques, lectures, presentations and studio/site labs.