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ART 197 — Oil Painting: Developing Your Artistic Practice

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 19
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 18
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $535
Instructor(s): Brett Amory
Limit: 35
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Jan 16—Mar 19
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 18
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Brett Amory
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Do you want to enhance your oil painting abilities, refine your artistic voice, and learn how to share and promote your art with a larger audience? This course will be an immersive journey into understanding the creative process, cultivating a cohesive body of work, and forging a professional trajectory in the art world.

Students will be introduced to a variety of tools to generate and refine their ideas prior to the painting process. The course will cover traditional methods such as collage and drawing, as well as advanced AI digital tools for image generation. These preliminary works will act as a sandbox for experimenting with concepts, compositions, and color schemes, enabling students to make informed decisions about their final paintings.

The course will encompass lectures, demonstrations, studio work, group discussions, and constructive feedback in a supportive environment. Students will ultimately complete a series of works that will serve as the foundation for a portfolio. In addition, they will compose an artist statement elucidating their conceptual framework to help present their work in a professional context. Students will spend time outside of class working on personal projects and, if they desire, visiting galleries and museums. By the end of the course, they will have gained a profound understanding of oil painting, developed a robust portfolio, honed their artistic voice, and acquired skills to present and promote their work professionally.

This course is geared toward those who have taken ART 10 W: “Introduction to Oil Painting” or a comparable course. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course, the cost of which will depend on students’ individual needs.

Lecturer in Art Practice, Stanford

Brett Amory’s multidisciplinary art practice is based on the intersection of quotidian and habitual engagements with the everyday world. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including at the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana; and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. He was an artist in residence at San Francisco’s de Young Museum in 2017. Amory received an MFA from Stanford. His work can be viewed at brettamory.com.

Textbooks for this course:

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