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ART 210 — Painting: Exploring the Modern and Abstract

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 13
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Feb 5
Units: 2
Tuition: $605
Instructor(s): Katie Hawkinson
Limit: 18
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on January 30
6:30—9:30 pm
Jan 16—Mar 13
8 weeks
Drop By
Feb 5
2 Units
Katie Hawkinson
Please Note: No class on January 30
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 2019), will offer the opportunity for students to work on their own series of paintings, and a group exhibit port folio will be created. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

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.