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ART 210 — Painting: Exploring the Modern and Abstract

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Jan 18—Mar 14
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 20
Units: 2
Tuition: $670
Instructor(s): Katie Hawkinson
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Jan 18—Mar 14
9 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 20
2 Units
Katie Hawkinson
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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, Klee, Hilma af Klint, Anni Albers, and others. We will focus on using water-based media such as acrylic and watercolor. 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.

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:

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