ARTS 150 - Special Topics in Studio Art
Fall 2016 Topic: Terra Incognita
Artists have felt the urge to depict their environments since prehistoric times. The world outside continues to be a relevant, vital inspiration. Locations can be urban or rural, natural or unnatural, real or imagined. The western visual cortex is deeply embedded with templates - iconic images of the landscape which students should identify, question, subvert, or even celebrate. This class uses September and October as a plein air experience gathering information for homework and later studio assignments. We will explore various techniques, styles, and approaches to landscape drawing and painting working directly from nature. The studio work will utilize any medium. Some reading is expected as well as active participation in class discussions. Individualized instruction, along with group exercises and critiques, will help strengthen your technical and expressive approach with a variety of media. Keeping a sketchbook is required.
This course is appropriate for beginners: no prerequisites are required. First-year students welcome.
Anticipated Terms Offered: Fall 2016