Introduction to Painting at Sea

Discipline: Studio Art
Instructor: Mattai
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1550
End: 1710
Field Work: Day 1 - Antwerp - Sunday, 14 September | Belgium
Prerequisites: Pre-requisites: Drawing I + II, (Intermediate Drawing) and Color Theory. Download Syllabus

This course is an introduction to painting using watercolor and gouache paints. We will investigate compositional issues such as scale, relationship of forms, rhythm, movement, and texture as well as themes of color, tone, atmosphere, line, perspective, and time. Students will begin with exercises in watercolor washes, tints and tones and will also develop experimental ways of handling the medium. We will explore still-lives, self-portraits, landscapes, collage, and non-objective painting. The final project will allow students the opportunity to creatively conceive of and execute an idea through a series of paintings, thus encouraging an understanding of the synergistic relationship of form and content in self-expression. In-class critiques will foster dialogue about the creative process and supplemental presentations and field trips will engage students in both historical and contemporary art worlds. The voyage at sea and the adventures on land will provide a wealth of material for the exploration of this versatile medium. Photographs may also be used as source material for painting assignments. A laptop computer and digital camera are invaluable tools for this class.

Field Work

Country: Belgium
Day: 1 - Antwerp - Sunday, 14 September

Students will visit the temporary exhibitions of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and view artists such as the 16th century Flemish artist, Peter Brueghel. Students will also visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp where they will gain an understanding of contemporary art practice in Belgium and beyond. At both sites students will gather cultural and aesthetic information through sketches, extended drawings, photographs, postcards, and printed materials. Working in sketchbook journals and using a variety of drawing tools and techniques, students will complete studies of art objects and architecture. Through the day students will engage in class critiques to share information and engage in critical dialogue. Academic Objectives: 1.Gather knowledge of historical and contemporary art practice in Antwerp. 2.Observe and sketch cultural objects and architecture 3.Participate in individual, small group and collective critiques to share observations.