Courses in Painting and Drawing

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History and Practice of the Confessional Comic

DRAWING 617 001/ARTH 621 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Michael Bonesteel Nicole Hollander

Sessions each day will be devoted to a certain topic within the realm of the confessional comic genre, either autobiographical or fictional. Some sample topics: “I Woke Up Screaming”; “And Then the Floor Gave Way”; “My Mother Married a Werewolf and I Was the Best Man/Maid of Honor”; “Oh So This is Hell? I Expected Something Rather More Elaborate.” Morning sessions will explore the art historical context of that day’s topic — through lectures and discussions of graphic novels or comic books that have delved into the subject. Afternoon sessions will be studio classes in which students will create a three-page, black-and-white comic book story on that day’s topic. The last two days will involve creating a finished comic book story in color based upon the student’s most promising previous comic. Please note this class may be taken for either studio or Art History credit.

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Imagination / Observation

DRAWING 616 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Karl Wirsum

This multi-level drawing course will transcend the traditional approach to landscape drawing. Students will be encouraged to mine the possibilities of nature's realm through observation and imagination. While there will not be overall class assignments, the Instructor will help each student's individual exploration through discussion and daily in depth one on one critiques touching on technique, subject matter, and color. Students can explore drawing through a variety of non-toxic media, including pencils, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors and gouache.

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Drawing the Figure in the Landscape

DRAWING 602 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Marion Kryczka
50 Studio & Lab Fee

Using a variety of color media and drawing materials, students will work from observation of the figure in the natural dunes landscape. In addition to addressing formal issues, the course will use the figure and the landscape to develop pictorial metaphors regarding the human and nature.

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Multilevel Painting: Outside/Inside

PAINTING 627 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: James Kao Jason Karolak

This course aims to help students find a personal painting language through the negotiation of external and internal impulses. The title of the course, Outside/Inside, suggests that the origins of one ís personal language draws upon both one's inner mind as well as one's experiences in the world. Outside/Inside also refers to a literal way of working: in the studio and out-of-doors. To this end, students will engage the landscape that envelops Ox-Bow as well as work independently in the painting studio. Through this framework, students will investigate relationships between representation and abstraction. This relationship begins with seeing abstractly to make realistic pictures and extends to making marks that express reality. Studio work will be supplemented by slide lectures and individual and group critiques.

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Egg Tempera

PAINTING 615 001 1 credit hour
50 Studio & Lab Fee

This course focuses on the development of technical knowledge and skills in egg tempera painting. Egg Tempera, which is an artist made, water based medium, offers possibilities of translucent layering, loose or fine brushwork, incising, scraping, and beautiful surface quality. The preparation of panels, grounds, pigments, egg binder, and the application of paint, along with the relationship of the particular qualities of egg tempera with imagery development will be emphasized.

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Expanded Painting/Expanded Sculpture

PAINTING 628 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Jose Lerma Mark Schubert
50 Studio & Lab Fee

Defined in part by Krauss’ 1979 text “Sculpture in the Expanded Field” the practice of expanded painting has historical antecedents going back as far as the Merzbau, synthetic cubisim, the Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerke and even cave painting. From fully immersive environments, to a simple collage to something as basic as the use of a photographic source, a great deal of painting today can be said to bear some relation to the expanded field. While the practice often involves the ambitious use of materials and a dynamic formalism, it can also allow for the use of conceptually loaded, unorthodox supports, which effectively comment and reflect on the history of painting. While this two-week intensive course will focus on painting on a variety of sculptural supports, it is not limited to sculpture, as other media, such as video, photography, digital technology, performance, can be incorporated into projects. The course will be taught in conjunction with sculptor and fabricator Mark Schubert and it is designed to revolve around the student’s ideas and interests. There will be demonstrations on techniques and short slide lectures on a daily basis. These will involve for example, basic casting, welding, solvent painting in short, techniques that allow for the interplay of media. The rest of the time will be devoted to working one on one with student to assist them in the realization of a series of projects, and in conceptual development.

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From Surface to Space: Reading the Context of Paint

PAINTING 629 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Kevin Appel

This multi level course is designed to expand students command of both craft and content through individually developed painting projects. The course is geared toward developing your painting practice as an artist beyond the classroom environment. Discussion will center on how your choices of format, materials, image and contextual alignment all inform the reading of your work. Painting is actualized through a free or creative relationship to pictorial space and the historical context in which it is produced. The literal space of the canvas support acts as a field in which the issues pertaining to the armature of the medium are played out along side the imagery of the chosen subject. From deep space to the abstract surface of the support itself, space becomes the cue as to how the picture is interpreted. Issues of transport, duration, and plausibility are acted out as a methodology for understanding the position of the painting. The course will include extensive experimentation with techniques and imagery through individual painting problems. All mediums are accepted and experimentation with formal and material options as part of the painting process in relation to form and meaning will be stressed. Students will pursue various interests in subject matter around the issues of space and facture. Lectures and critiques will be included.

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Watercolor, Gouache and Pastel.

PAINTING 630 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Tony Phillips Judith Raphael

Waterbased paint and dry material will be used separately and together to open up possibilities for artists wishing to pursue new ways to expand a familiar medium. Source materials to be chosen by the student. Subject matter is anything that they can see or imagine: abstract or figurative, based on the world of nature, personal photos or images derived from the internet or other resources.

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Flora and Fauna of Ox-Bow: Nature Illustration in Watercolor

PAINTING 613 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara

This all level course concentrates on drawing and painting techniques. Students can draw from life and learn the layering watercolor technique using specimens, birds, mammals and insects from Chicago's Field Museum. Field studies are encouraged so students can juxtapose animal life with suitable habitat. Modeling, measuring, building greys and browns, color theory is taught and demonstrated. Watercolor is a versatile medium and explorations of its many possibilities will be encouraged.

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Drawing the Figure in the Landscape

DRAWING 602 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Audrey Ushenko
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

Using a variety of color media and drawing materials, students will work from observation of the figure in the natural dunes landscape. In addition to addressing formal issues, the course will use the figure and the landscape to develop pictorial metaphors regarding the human and nature.

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painting in collaboration between the flickering screen of the self and all other people from all of time.

PAINTING 632 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Jo Jackson Chris Johanson

In this water based paint class we will work on painting our paintings while acknowledging that we are interconnected flickering specks. We will be working on individual and collaborative paintings and will be experimenting with many different processes with an emphasis on developing a practice that is at once authentic and modest.

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Pre-College Program: Landscape Drawing

DRAWING 407 001 (available for credit only) credit hours
Instructor: Olivia Petrides E.W. Ross

Drawing upon the natural terrain of Ox-Bow, students explore drawing, design, composition and creativity. A wide vareity of drawing materials are used. Slide lectures, critiques, and meetings with visiting artists are included each evening.

Note to parents of Pre-College students: All Pre-College students are required to reside on campus during the course. Students are chaperoned and rules and regulations are strictly enforced. An adult chaperone is housed with Pre-College students throughout the week. Students must provide their own transportation to and from Ox-Bow. Pre-College students are not allowed to have vehicles on campus.

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Play School: Painting Abstraction

PAINTING 633 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Angelina Gualdoni

In a recent article about the resurgence of abstract painting, Roberta Smith remarked
“…much serious play transpires in mostly abstract paintings, and at every turn we encounter the freedoms (fun) of ignoring or accentuating edges and boundaries (barriers) of all kinds, whether literal, stylistic, bodily or psychic.”
In this multi-level course, we adopt the attitude of playfulness and improvisation to create abstract paintings utilizing collage, color relationships, and material exploration of texture, paint, and surface with dialectical approaches to image making. Using Brazilian Neo-Concrete artists such as Lygia Clark, Lygia Pape, and Helio Oiticia, as models, students are encouraged to work both inside the studio and out, exploring the potential for abstract painting beyond the boundaries of the studio or gallery walls.

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Life in the Woods: Drawing, Painting & Self Reliance

PAINTING 634 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Eric Ashcraft

With a philosophical anchors wedged in Kant, and transcendentalist thinkers, like Emerson and Thoreau, were on a quest to confront intellectualism with a sel reliant spiritualism and intuition. This course examines these ideals through the lens of plein-air painting and “nature”, as well as the role of art and artist in the 21st century. Though fundamentally technical, this course leans heavily toward the conceptual and is for ambitious, hard-working artists. Think Thoreau meets Easy Rider meets Duchamp.

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Nature as Muse: Theory and Practice

PAINTING 609 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: George Liebert

From John Constable and Claude Monet to Robert Smithson and Wolfgang Laib, nature has provided compelling material for art making. Ox-Bow's popular multi-level painting course will continue this tradition through discussion and studio projects. Topics will include formal issues, American transcendentalism, the sublime, beautiful and picturesque in landscape painting, alternative media, ecological concerns, natural arcadia versus artificial nature, and questioning the idea of nature in the postmodern moment.

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Pastels and Drawing

DRAWING 606 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jimmy Wright
50 Studio & Lab Fee

This course for beginning and advanced students will include extensive experimentation with pastels, one of the most sensuous of drawing mediums. The more blended the traditional techniques and the more aggressive physical contemporary techniques that use pastel as a bridge between drawing and painting will be explored. Drawing exercises will emphasize figure/ground, composition and color while pursuing various subject matter, including landscape, still life and the modern portrait as developed by Degas. The course will include critiques, demonstrations, and discussion of contemporary and modern masters use of this medium (Picasso, Joan Mitchell, Paula Rego, Kitaj.)

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The Dead of Winter

PTDW 3 credit hours
Instructor: Elijah Burgher Rebecca Walz

For this interdisciplinary class, Ox-Bow’s wintry landscape serves as a metaphor and inspiration for thinking about the cycle of death and rebirth, as emblematized in the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades. As with this myth, art has long served as a way to make meaning of the difficult and unknowable aspects of human existence. The experience and process of mourning, the desire to transcend death, and beliefs about the afterlife are reflected in the history of art. Through studio projects, readings, screenings, lectures and group discussions, this course examines differing understandings of death across time and cultures, mourning and loss, putrefaction and entropy as formal strategies, melancholic relationships to the past, and the supernatural. Materials and considerations of media are individually driven in consultation with the instructors.

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Multilevel Painting and Drawing

PAINTING 605 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Susan Kraut

This course for beginning through advanced students includes experimentation with materials and techniques through individual painting and drawing problems. Students pursue various interests in figure, landscape, abstract imaginary, and still-life painting. Oil painting with odorless solvents are encouraged; students may also choose to work with water-based media, drawing materials., or mixed media combinations. Demonstrations and critiques included.

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Paint and Landscape: Material as Narrative

PAINTING 624 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Claire Sherman

This multilevel painting course will investigate painting as a form of language, where color, surface, and marks are considered as indicative of narrative. Students will consider questions such as: how do light, space, and color suggest narrative? How do surface and mark-making direct the reading of a painting, and how can meaning morph based on context? Using direct observation of the landscape as a jumping off point, students will be encouraged to work from other sources, such as memory and photographs. We will also examine painting in both contemporary and historical contexts. Oil paint will be supported, with demonstrations on techniques and material properties of oil. However, other media such as watercolor, gouache, and acrylic will also be supported for multi-level students.

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Head: The Portrait as Starting Point

PAINTING 614 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Richard Hull

This class will focus on issues raised in painting, particularly portraits and self-portraits, translating what is known and seen into the formal vocabulary of paint. Sources will include direct observation of the subject and the imagination. Students will investigate form and content as well as materials and techniques. Students may choose to work with oil-based media with odorless solvents, or water-based media. Slide lectures and critiques will be included.

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Pre-College Program: Landscape Drawing

DRAWING 407 001 1 (For Credit ONLY) credit hours
Instructor: Olivia Petrides E.W. Ross

Drawing upon the natural terrain of Ox-Bow, students explore drawing, design, composition and creativity. A wide variety of drawing materials are used. Slide lectures, critiques, and meetings with visiting artists are included each evening.

Note to parents of Pre-College students: All Pre-College students are required to reside on campus during the course. Students are chaperoned and rules and regulations are strictly enforced. An adult chaperone is housed with Pre-College students throughout the week. Students must provide their own transportation to and from Ox-Bow. Pre-College students are not allowed to have vehicles on campus.

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Pastels and Drawing

DRAWING 630 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jimmy Wright

This course for beginning and advanced students will include extensive experimentation with pastels, one of the most sensuous of drawing mediums. The more blended the traditional techniques and the more aggressive physical contemporary techniques that use pastel as a bridge between drawing and painting will be explored. Drawing exercises will emphasize figure/ground, composition and color while pursuing various subject matters, including landscape, still life and the modern portrait as developed by Degas. The course will include critiques, demonstrations, and discussion of contemporary and modern masters use of this medium (Picasso, Joan Mitchell, Paula Rego, Kitaj.)

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From Surface to Space: Reading the Context of Paint

PAINTING 629 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Kevin Appel Martin Basher

This multi level course is designed to expand students command of both craft and content through individually developed painting projects. The course is geared toward developing your painting practice as an artist beyond the classroom environment. Discussion will center on how your choices of format, materials, image and contextual alignment all inform the reading of your work. Painting is actualized through a free or creative relationship to pictorial space and the historical context in which it is produced. The literal space of the canvas support acts as a field in which the issues pertaining to the armature of the medium are played out along side the imagery of the chosen subject.
From deep space to the abstract surface of the support itself, space becomes the cue as to how the picture is interpreted. Issues of transport, duration, and plausibility are acted out as a methodology for understanding the position of the painting. The course will include extensive experimentation with techniques and imagery through individual painting problems. All mediums are accepted and experimentation with formal and material options as part of the painting process in relation to form and meaning will be stressed.
Students will pursue various interests in subject matter around the issues of space and facture. Lectures and critiques will be included.

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Total Recall: Painting and Memory

PAINTING 635 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Angela Dufresne

This course guides students through various operations and situations that employ provocation and the implementation of memory as both process and subject. Exercises and demos explore forms in motion, indirect visual sources, narrative reminiscences, poetic language, time, and spatial operations. Test and experiments are conducted in order to trigger unexpected and non-habituated painterly actions. As intuition becomes the source for knowledge the edicts of reason are tossed aside and painterly inventions emerge. Students with an advanced painting practice are encouraged to enroll in this course.

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Approaching the Landscape: Works on Paper

PAINTING 621 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Richard Deustch

A multi-level studio course in which students will experiment with a variety of dry and water based media through individual perceptions of the extraordinary variety of landscape at Ox-Bow. Demonstrations, slide presentations, critiques, and discussion of issues pertinent to contemporary and historical modes of landscape will be included.

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The Orchestrated Accident: Slapstick in Painting

PTDW 602 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Aline Cautis Chris Kerr

This multi-level class class will explore the relationships between humor and social critique and their roles in painting. From Shrigley to Rabelais to Kippenberger humor has historically been both a source and a strategy for artists. The purpose of this class is to create an environment that engages humor and critical thinking as methods in an individual’s studio practice. Students will experiment with a range of painting applications and consider how literature, film, and other media can inform their work. Multiple media can be engaged as students investigate structures of the joke in the sylvan context of Ox-Bow. This course is open to students from all disciplines.

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Multi-Level Painting and Drawing

PAINTING 605 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Todd Chilton

This course for beginning to advanced students will include extensive
experimentation with materials and techniques through individual painting
problems. Students with pursue various interests in figure, abstract, imaginary,
and still-life paintings.

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Materials and Techniques of Acrylic Painting

PAINTING 617 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Jim Lutes
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

Acrylic affords the greatest flexibility of any paint media, giving the artist the
absolute control over optics, surface, texture, and application when formulated
directly. From extreme gloss to dead matte, pasty thick to watery transparent
with the potential for full color saturation in any mode, acrylic can allow for a new
way of thinking about the physical structure and process of painting. Utilizing
pigment dispersions and various binders students will formulate acrylic paint
from scratch, experiment with thickeners, water-based urethanes, additives and
various methods of application in order to extend and develop a visual vocabulary
of painting in acrylic.

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Pre-College Program: Landscape Drawing

DRAWING 407 001 1 (Must be taken For-Credit ONLY) credit hours
Instructor: Olivia Petrides E.W. Ross

The Ox-Bow Pre-College Program is designed for advanced high school juniors
and seniors who are considering pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Students are
given the opportunity to evaluate and strengthen their commitment to the study
of art and receive college-level instruction. Other Ox-Bow classes run concurrently
with these courses, providing Pre-College students with a sense of community as
they interact with other students taking classes that week.

Drawing upon the natural terrain of Ox-Bow, students explore drawing, design,
composition, and creativity. A wide variety of drawing materials are used. Slide
lectures, critiques, and meetings with visiting artists are included each evening.

Note to parents and Pre-College students: All Pre-College students are
required to reside on-campus during the course. Students are chaperoned and
rules and regulations are strictly enforced. An adult chaperone is housed with
Pre-College students throughout the week. Students must provide their own
transportation to and from Ox-Bow. Pre-College students are not allowed to
have a vehicle on campus.

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Flora and Fauna at Ox-Bow: Nature Illustrations in Watercolor

Painting 613 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara

This all level course concentrates on drawing and painting techniques. Specimens,
birds, mammals, and insects from the Chicago Field Museum are provided so
that students can draw from life and learn the layering watercolor technique.
Field studies are encouraged so students can juxtapose animal life with suitable
habitat. Modeling, measuring, building greys and browns, color theory is taught
and demonstrated. Watercolor is a versatile medium and explorations of its many
possibilities are encouraged.

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Egg Tempera

Painting 615 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Carl Baratta
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

This course focuses on the development of technical knowledge and skills in
egg tempera painting. Egg tempera, which is an artist-made, water-based
medium, offers possibilities of translucent layering, loose or fine brushwork,
incising, scraping, and beautiful surface quality. The preparation of panels,
grounds, pigments, egg binder, and the application of paint, along with the
relationship of the particular qualities of egg tempera with imagery development
will be emphasized.

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Drawing Marathon

Painting 603 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jimmy Wright

This drawing intensive for beginning and advanced students expands the
experience and definition of drawing. Drawing exercises emphasize figure/
ground, composition, color and scale while exploiting materials and technique
to push the perceptual conventions of the still life, the landscape and the figure.
The course includes daily demonstrations and discussions of historical and
contemporary masters use of ink, gouache, graphite, acrylic and pastel with
visual references from Rembrandt and Freud to Eve Hesse and Amy Sillman.

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Watercolor

Painting 606 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Carrie Gundersdorf

This course will focus on the materials and techniques of transparent watercolor.
During the morning sessions we will work from a studio still life and explore a
variety of techniques and color schemes. This course will be individualized as
much as possible to accommodate less experienced students. Afternoons will be
devoted to a thematic suite of paintings developed over the course of the week.

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Portrait as Starting Point

Painting 614 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Andrew Winship

This class will focus on issues raised in painting, particularly portraits and self-portraits,
translating what is known and seen into the formal vocabulary of paint.
Sources will include direct observation of the subject and the imagination.
Students will investigate form and content as well as materials and techniques.
Students may choose to work with oil-based media with odorless solvents, or
water-based media. Slide lectures and critiques will be included.

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Paint and Landscape: Material as Narrative

Painting 624 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: James Kao

This multi-level painting course will investigate painting as a form of language,
where color, surface, and marks are considered as indicative of narrative.
Students will consider questions such as how do light, space, and color suggest
narrative? How do surface and mark-making direct the reading of a painting,
and how can meaning morph based on context? Using direct observation of
the landscape as a jumping off point, students will be encouraged to work from
other sources, such as memory and photographs. We will also examine painting
in both contemporary and historical contexts. Oil paint will be supported with
demonstrations on techniques and material properties of oil. However, other
media such as watercolor, gouache, and acrylic will also be supported for
multilevel students.

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Indoors

PAINTING 636 3 credit hours
Instructor: Cauleen Smith Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

Interiors, physical and mental. Space, as a psychological construct. Cramped, menacing, crowded with furniture, bodies, stuff. Dust accruing, objects piling up. Chairs and tables and sofas and cups and saucers, records, books, shelves, and more dust. In the late nineteenth century, with the increase in speed (trains, telegrams) and industrialization of production, public spaces opened up. People promenaded in public and cowered, paranoid, in private. Women of all classes appearing in public were mistaken (or correctly assessed) as prostitutes. Retreat to interiors both spatial and mental increased. In this class we will look at painting’s and film’s depiction of interiors as metaphors for mental space. We will make painting and video/photography with an eye toward seeking the shadowy, inhabiting the corners. Ox-Bow’s library of interior decorating books, and specifically built cabins will be our ideal terrain - a specific and ready locale for investigating, drawing, picturing in a slow, exploratory way. We will watch films in the evenings and discuss readings, painting and film in terms of imagined and real space.

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Faking It: Invented Environments for Painting

PAINTING 637 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Richard Hull

In this course, students build their own landscape tableaus in the studio using materials found in the Ox-Bow environs. Students then paint these scenes. The objective of the course is for students to create more dynamic abstract or representational paintings by controlling the subject matter and inspecting how choices are made from a painting’s initial stages. Other subject matter sources include papier-mâché heads (for portraiture), non-representational sculptures and invented environments.

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Multi-Level Painting and Drawing

PAINTNG 605 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Claire Ashley Phil Hanson

This course for beginning to advanced students will include extensive experimentation with materials and techniques through individual painting problems. Students will pursue various interests in figure, landscape, abstract, imaginary, and still-life painting and drawing. Students may choose to work with oil-based media. Demonstrations and critiques are included.

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Landscape Narratives: Large Format

DRAWING 609 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jered Sprecher

From the sublime to the technological, contemporary artists are reinventing the landscape genre and examining it's relevance. This multi-level studio course provides students an opportunity to explore individual perceptions of the natural world in light of current landscape narratives. Students focus on drawing methods as the basis of their explorations, but both drawing and painting materials may be used. Readings and discussions on issues pertinent to the landscape as subject, critiques, and slide presentations supplement the course curriculum.

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Pre-College Program: Landscape Drawing

DRAWING 407 001 1 (for credit only) credit hours
Instructor: Olivia Petrides E.W. Ross

Drawing upon the natural terrain of Ox-Bow, students explore drawing, design, composition and creativity. A wide variety of drawing materials are used. Slide lectures, critiques, and meetings with visiting artists are included each evening.

Note to parents of Pre-College students: All Pre-College students are required to reside on campus during the course. Students are chaperoned and rules and regulations are strictly enforced. An adult chaperone is housed with Pre-College students throughout the week. Students must provide their own transportation to and from Ox-Bow. Pre-College students are not allowed to have vehicles on campus.

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Drawing Marathon

PAINTING 603 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jimmy Wright

This five day drawing intensive for beginning and advanced students expands the experience and definition of drawing. Drawing exercises emphasize figure/ground, composition, color and scale while exploiting materials and technique to push the perceptual conventions of the still life, the landscape and the figure. The course includes daily demonstrations and discussions of historical and contemporary masters use of ink, gouache, graphite, acrylic and pastel with visual references from Rembrandt and Freud to Eve Hesse and Amy Sillman.

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Life in the Woods: Drawing, Painting and Self Reliance

PAINTING 634 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Howard Fonda

With a philosophical anchors wedged in Kant, and transcendentalist thinkers, like Emerson and Thoreau, we’re on a quest to confront intellectualism with a self reliant spiritualism and intuition. This course examines these ideals through the lens of plein-air painting and “nature”, as well as the role of art and artist in the 21st century. Though fundamentally technical, this course leans heavily toward the conceptual and is for ambitious, hard-working artists. Think Thoreau meets Easy Rider meets Duchamp.

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Studio Drawing: Experimental Approaches

PAINTING 612 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Tyson Reeder Scott Reeder

This class explores the possibilities of drawing with an expanded vocabulary of tools, supports, and application techniques. Students will be exposed to distinctive and unusual drawing methods from art history and the contemporary moment, while developing a personal practice that leaves room for experimentation and invention in mark-making. Discussed: Yayoi Kusama, Simon Evans, Henry Darger, Chris Ofili. Students will be invited to explore other media as well.

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Sumi-e: East Asian Brush Painting

PAINTING 639 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Qigu Jiang

This one-week course introduces the basics of the traditional Chinese and Japanese ink and brush stroke painting. Starting from learning tools and materials, the class concentrates on the basic skills and techniques that students could develop during the course. The philosophy of Zen behind the ink painting is introduced as well. In-class demonstrations are followed by painting, focusing on botanical subjects such as bamboo and other flowers. Birds and fish are introduced in late sessions. This course is especially appropriate for students interested in drawing and watercolor.

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