Designed for beginning painters, the course will introduce students to color theory, color mixing, and color application. It aims to improve observational skills in both drawing and painting. Students will experiment with composition and collage construction. While at sea, students will learn about the painting techniques, the styles, and the subject interpretation of the different countries and cultures on our journey. While on land, students will collect source materials for projects and keep personal journals that include painted and written entries reflecting on observations about topics discussed in class. Since the emphasis of the class is on painting, students should already have proficiency in drawing.
Beginning Drawing Required Materials per syllabus.
Field WorkCountry: Belgium
Antwerp has many well-preserved historic sites including the Cathedral of our Lady, the cherished centerpiece of the city, and the exquisite homes of painter Peter Paul Rubens and art collector Fritz van den Bergh. The class will visit these three sites within the city's old section. We will tour Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kathedraal (Cathedral of our Lady) which was begun in 1352. The cathedral with its single 405 feet spire is located in the Groenplaats and remains the tallest building in the city. Housed inside are three large Rubens paintings from the early 1600's. After our tour at the cathedral we will walk through older sections of Antwerp including the Vlaeykensgang, a quaint hidden alley from 1591 which was the original neighborhood of shoemakers, to Rubenhuis, the home of Peter Paul Rubens. We will explore his studio, garden and private living quarters. Minutes away is the Mayer van den Bergh Museum, an intimate neo-gothic museum build in the early 20th century which houses a collection of nearly 1000 pieces of artwork such as tapestries, sculptures, furniture, housewares and paintings including works by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. As we tour the building and the city squares, students will shoot photos appropriate for future painting projects and draw and paint on location in and around the sites.