Instructor: Joshua Field
Meeting Times: Tues/Thurs 9:30AM-12:15PM SAB 101

This course will explore a variety of painting techniques used to translate careful three-dimensional observation to accurate two-dimensional representation. Lectures, assignments and discussions will investigate specific visual problems and explore a variety of creative solutions. Assignments will be reviewed in participatory group critiques. ART220 is a workshop format course and as such, hands-on participation is an intrinsic part of the visual problem solving process. All class work is intended to both instill the fundamental techniques of painting and foster creative problem solving.
course objectives:

  • Students will develop and demonstrate a clear comprehension of techniques utilized in representing form, color and three-dimensional space.
  • Students will explore a range of techniques and methods as they work toward solving visual problems.
  • Students will learn to integrate previously acquired skills such as drawing fundamentals and compositional techniques, with newly acquired paint handling and color manipulation skills.

Support Preparation: Canvas, Priming, Materials
Preparation of a variety of surfaces including paper, canvas and panel to accept various painting media.
Value: Grisaille
Beginning with a carefully observed under-drawing and then under-painting, use a limited palette to portray still life objects, accurately depicting value and form.
Color: Introduction to Theory and Technique
Create a color wheel and value color chart to explore the transitions between colors and the impact of one colors proximity to another. Accurately replicate colors as found in the observed world, taking into account the subtleties of reflected light and color proximity.
Transitions: Combining Color and Value
Combine observation of value changes with observation of color to accurately depict a still life.
Observation: Alla Prima, Plein Air
Using direct painting techniques, make quickly rendered forms, resulting in fresh, spontaneous depictions of the outdoor landscape.
Concept and Technique: Split Compositions
Use value, color temperature, paint application and compositional techniques to create a composition that contrasts two divergent ideas.
Chiaroscuro: Defining form with light and shadow
Use dramatic lighting and deep shadow to highten the dimensionality of depitcted objects and engage the viewer.
Observation: Interior Spaces
Starting from a strategically planned photograph, create a complex composition that depicts an interior space and at least two figures using learned techniques to communicate concept.
Observation: Working from the figure
Combining photography and direct observation, create a charged self portrait that uses both color and composition to create emotion.

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