ARTS-251   Introduction to Painting

This course introduces students to the painting medium and to a contemporary understanding of the painted image/object. This class initiates technical and visual problems and solutions related to the study of painting (color, form, shape, composition and representation), as well as an investigation of critical issues that include authorship, originality and the objecthood of painting. Students will be expected to produce visually effective paintings through control and execution of the media, as well as paintings that show evidence of a knowledgeable participation in the contemporary discourse of art-making. This course addresses issues surrounding the production of painted images, the tradition of painting and the use of painting as a means to develop observational skills. The class will also focus on developing critical thinking skills, visual discernment and conceptual understanding. These concerns will be reinforced through readings, discussions, demonstrations and critiques. No prerequisite. Materials fee.