This is a Studio Elective course, open to majors and non-majors. Painting goes back over 40,000 years, as evidenced by the El Castillo Caves of Spain. No other art form has an accessible history this extensive, which is why the choice to make paintings is particularly challenging. And yet, this is also the reason we continue to do it. Because, when you reach out with that brush are are simultaneously connecting to all painting past and present. You are attempting to communicate with all humanity. In spite of this profound history, painting continues to be one of the most economic and plastic means for expression. From the beginning it has provided for us an impression of people from the Neanderthal to the Renaissance to Modern and Post-Modern times.
The unique intelligence of painting comes from the simultaneity of the visual and the paradox of time. There is a conflict between seeing as a daily function and seeing for the purpose of expression on a flat surface. This course will address many of the concepts, processes and techniques that inform how one paints. For our purpose all painting, from the earliest caves to present day Art Galleries and Museums, will be seen as “contemporary.” Therefore any styles and techniques that may emerge from student projects will be explored. It is legitimate to be influenced by any and all painting be it Ancient Egyptian, Leonardo DaVinci, Picasso or even Andy Warhol.