Flat Space: Gouache! Winter 2024

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Gouache acts like opaque watercolor; it is excellent for painting small, flat areas of brilliant color on paper. In this course, we will make small but mighty gouache paintings on paper from observation and invention, focusing on depictions of space (inside, outside, real, imagined…). Instead of shading a space according to a light source and linear perspective, we will activate pattern and color-experimenting with shifts in scale, chroma, value, and temperature-to create space through flatness. We will look at rich painting traditions that arm flatness in this way, including Indo-Persian miniature paintings and ancient Egyptian paintings and drawings. We will also discuss global modern and contemporary painters who take up flatness, from Gustav Klimt to Chris Ofili. Class time will consist of painting exercises, discussions, group critiques, and independent work time towards the week’s given painting assignment with 1:1 feedback. Homework will include a short reading each week. Coursework will culminate with an ambitious final painting of the student’s choosing. This course is open to all levels of painting experience and beginning students will be encouraged! An interest in color, willingness to play, and follow-through are the only requirements.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 15
Expected: NA
Class#: 1060
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Other: In-class engagement, completion of assignments and final project
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Priority given to students who have yet to take a painting class, starting with art majors.
Unit Notes: Aparna Sarkar is a painter living in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in Mathematics from Pomona College, and will be teaching Introduction to Oil Painting at Williams in Spring 2024.
Materials/Lab Fee: $150. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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