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ART 187 — Painting from Observation

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Oct 2—Dec 4
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 4
Units: 2
Tuition: $670
Instructor(s): Katie Hawkinson
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on November 20
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Oct 2—Dec 4
9 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 4
2 Units
Katie Hawkinson
Please Note: No class on November 20
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Learning to paint consists of two main endeavors: knowing how to manipulate the medium and 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 still lives, interior spaces, and the landscape. We will learn how to make strong and compelling compositions, mix colors, work with light and shadow, and create texture.

Experimenting with water-based media such as acrylic and watercolor, students will explore and gain facility with the paint itself while finding their voice 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. Each week, we also will look at other painted works, ranging from early Roman frescoes to contemporary paintings.

Each class will begin with a half-hour slide lecture introducing the focus for the week, followed by one-and-a-half hours of painting in virtual breakout rooms visited by the instructor. The final hour will be a group discussion of all paintings made in class and for homework. Additional demonstration videos will be available each week.

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.

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.