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ART 214 — Advanced Painting: Exploring the Modern and Abstract

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Apr 1—Jun 3
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 3
Units: 2
Tuition: $670
Instructor(s): Katie Hawkinson
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on May 27
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Apr 1—Jun 3
9 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 3
2 Units
Katie Hawkinson
Please Note: No class on May 27
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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? In this course, students will work on developing a stronger sense of their own voices within the creative process. 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, demonstrations, individual and group critiques, 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.

Artist; Instructor, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley

Katie Hawkinson has been engaged in exploration and invention throughout her career. She has worked in a range of media including oil, acrylic, egg tempera, watercolor, printmaking, and wood sculpture in order to effectively respond to the environment that inspires her. She has been teaching at Stanford Continuing Studies since 2007, and her work has been included in over 85 exhibitions. Hawkinson received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in painting from the University of Washington. Hawkinson encourages her students to experiment with materials and methods in order to develop their own voice and facility with paint handling. Her work can be viewed at katiehawkinson.com.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Victoria Finlay, Color: A Natural History of the Palette (ISBN 978-0812971422)
(Recommended) Josef Albers, Interaction of Color: 50th Anniversary Edition (ISBN 978-0300179354)
(Recommended) Leigh Hyams, How Painting Holds Me On The Earth (ISBN 978-0557012855)
(Recommended) Gyorgy Doczi, The Power of Limits: Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art, and Architecture (ISBN 978-1590302590)