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Course Description

This course focuses on the basics of painting, with an emphasis on technical paint handling, color, composition, and materials. Acquiring basic studio habits and practices, students undertake a visual and conceptual examination of painting today. Individual and group criticism, combined with field trips and discussion, expands perspectives within historical contexts. As students advance, they explore a variety of abstract and figurative possibilities for self-examination.

Learner Outcomes

  • Develop a command of different painting approaches and styles through exploration and experimentation
  • Develop a clear understanding of different painting skills and techniques through research, application, and practice
  • Observe, recognize, and analyze different painting styles and techniques from historical and contemporary artists
  • Gain an understanding of the visual elements such as line, shape, texture, value, and color to develop one's ability to observe and learn various ways of seeing form and describing space
  • Observe and research colors in nature and different environments to better understand the translation of color in painting
  • Develop an understanding of working with the various tools and materials for painting
  • Demonstrate an understanding of an art studio practice by participating in lectures, demos, and discussions; individual and collaborative exercises and projects; and self and peer critiques

Additional Information

This course is one offering from our Parsons Summer Intensive Studies program. For more information on schedule, registration, and refund policies, see program details.
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