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ART 187 — Painting from Observation

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jun 26—Aug 7
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 16
Unit: 1
Tuition: $495
Instructor(s): Katie Hawkinson
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on July 3
Summer
On-campus
Tuesdays
6:30—9:30 pm
Date(s)
Jun 26—Aug 7
6 weeks
Drop By
Jul 16
1 Unit
Fees
$495
Instructor(s):
Katie Hawkinson
Limit
17
Closed
Please Note: No class on July 3
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 each affects 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.

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.