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ART 210 — Painting: Exploring the Modern and Abstract

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Jan 17—Mar 14
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 30
Units: 2
Tuition: $600
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Limit: 17
Instructor(s): Katie Hawkinson
Status: Closed
6:30—9:30 pm
Jan 17—Mar 14
9 weeks
Drop By
Jan 30
2 Units
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Katie Hawkinson
Appreciating abstract art often starts with the realization that abstract painting is born of the observed world and deals with many of the same elements as traditional painting. The difference is how these elements are translated and how they convey feelings, memories, and fundamental truths through treatments of color, shape, line, composition, and light, without literally illustrating narratives. In this course, we will learn to see and paint in new ways by pulling from our own real and imagined sources, and also by taking a look at the work of late 19th- and early 20th-century painters such as Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Klee.

We will focus on using water-based media such as acrylic, watercolor, and egg tempera. This course will be valuable to any painter who has wanted to understand and paint in a modern aesthetic.

Some painting experience is recommended. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $75–$100 on these materials.

This is the first in a sequence of two courses on modern and abstract painting. The second course, “Advanced Painting: Exploring the Modern and Abstract ” (Spring), will offer the opportunity for students to work on their own series of paintings, and a group exhibit portfolio will be created. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

This course includes a non-refundable materials fee of $5 to be paid at the time of registration.

Katie Hawkinson, 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 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.