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ART 187 — Painting from Observation

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Sep 27—Nov 29
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 10
Units: 2
Tuition: $600
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Limit: 17
Instructor(s): Katie Hawkinson
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 22
On-campus course
6:30—9:30 pm
Sep 27—Nov 29
9 weeks
Drop By
Oct 10
2 Units
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Katie Hawkinson
Please Note: No class on November 22
Learning to paint consists of two main endeavors— first knowing how to manipulate the medium, and then knowing what subjects to paint. These two aspects are best learned in tandem, whether the approach is realism or abstraction. In this course, we will paint from in-studio still lifes or installations, from both built and natural environments. Experimenting with water-based media such as acrylic or watercolor, students will explore and gain facility with the paint itself while finding their voices through the choices they make along the way. We will discuss color, shape, line, composition, and light, and how they affect the feeling of a painting. Additionally, each week we will look at other painted works ranging from early Roman frescoes to contemporary paintings.

This course is open to students of all levels, from beginners to advanced painters. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $75–$100 on these materials.

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.

Textbooks for this course:

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