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ARTS 241
Introduction to Acrylic Painting: Five Modern Painters Spring 2021 (also offered Fall 2020)
Division I

Class Details

To learn the fundamentals of 2D design, as well as some of the concepts that inform modern painting, this class will engage the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Henri Matisse, Amy Sherald, Alma Thomas, and Stanley Whitney. All distinctly modern, the styles of these artists range from figurative to fully abstract. The class will spend two weeks on each artist, analyzing and copying a work in the first week and producing a visual response in the second. Students will meet twice a week online, once as a class for technical demonstration and slide presentations and again in small groups of 3 or 4 for reading discussion and critique. Some demonstrations and supporting materials will be available asynchronously. The goals of the class are to introduce students to basic painting skills like color mixing, brushwork, composition, and palette management, as well as concepts like color theory, modernism and self-expression in a cultural context. So that students may work in a domestic setting, the size of the assignments are modest and the materials like water-based acrylics, crayons, and paper are manageable. In order to post homework, students will need access to a digital camera.
The Class: Format: studio; This is a remote class taught twice weekly, once as a class and again in small tutorial groups. Some technical demonstrations and research materials will be available asynchronously.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 4996
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on technical improvement, conceptual development, expressiveness and inventiveness. Class participation, timeliness and attendance will also be considered.
Prerequisites: ARTS 100. Students with significant experience with drawing or painting, but have not completed Arts 100, require permission of the instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: art majors, sophomores, juniors, seniors, first years
Materials/Lab Fee: $350 - $500. Materials will be shipped directly to students.
Distributions: Division I

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