In this class, we will use the formal elements of visual arts such as picture plane organization, proximity, repetition, continuity, figure/ground, texture, and rhythm as a method for understanding abstract and graphic art. This class will also serve as an introduction into the versatility of water mixable oil paints as both a method of staining the paint surface and building thicker, juicier marks. We will use still-life as a starting point to learn about form and vision through observation. Students may either complete this painting in a realist manner or push it towards abstraction.
Still-life has been an integral tool of the artists used to convey metaphor since at least the early Renaissance when Northern European Painters like Jan Van Eyck included fruits, mirrors, textiles, and animals to symbolize social status. Students will study still-life to learn the proper and practical use of artists' materials and techniques and to develop a basic set of painting skills that will help to understand and analyze visual problems. Students will be encouraged to bring materials to set up a personal still-life, and we will discuss proper compositional arrangements. This course is for beginners and advanced students who would like to learn a new techniques.