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ART 214 — Advanced Painting: Exploring the Modern and Abstract

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Apr 3—May 29
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 16
Units: 2
Tuition: $600
Instructor(s): Katie Hawkinson
Limit: 18
6:30—9:30 pm
Apr 3—May 29
9 weeks
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Apr 16
2 Units
Katie Hawkinson
In this course, students will work on developing a stronger sense of their own voices within the creative process. How do we decide what we really want to paint out of all the possibilities? How do we build a series or body of work? What makes a strong composition? Over nine weeks, we will explore various modes of painting and pathways into abstraction with experimental printmaking, collage, word and image, and automatic drawing. By juxtaposing dynamic opposites like simplicity/complexity, analytic/painterly, and organic/geometric, we will find new ways into the painting process. Students will be encouraged to keep a painting journal to help document their visual thoughts. Class time will be dedicated to slide lectures of art from ancient to contemporary times, demonstration, individual and group critique, and actual painting. Students will be encouraged to visit galleries and museums so they can see paintings in person and deepen their knowledge of making and exhibiting artwork. The course will culminate in the completion of a body of work.

Prior painting, drawing, or collage experience is expected. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $75–$100 on these materials. There will be an optional field trip to Berkeley one weekend including a studio visit and a site visit to a fine art printer. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student. This is the second in a sequence of two courses on modern and abstract painting. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

Katie Hawkinson, Artist; Lecturer, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley

Katie Hawkinson has worked in a range of media and processes, including oil painting, egg tempera, drawing, and printmaking, in order to respond to the richness of the environment that inspires her. She has been teaching at Stanford Continuing Studies for more than a decade, and her work has been included in more than fifty exhibits. Hawkinson received an MFA in painting from the University of Washington. Her work can be viewed at katiehawkinson.com.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.