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Paint and Landscape: Materials as Narrative

Vera Iliatova

PAINTING 624 001
1 credit hour

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.