GLENN HIRSCH MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS

CLASS SYLLABI Fall 2014

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Light and Space Painting
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1              Light and Value
In class: start 1st assignment: limited palette tonal painting emphasizing light
Homework:  add color on top of the underpainting begun in class; bring sourcebook of images (photographs)
2              Light: Color and Dramatic Expression
In class: color mixing exercise; experiment with still life (apple)
Homework: start 2nd assignment painting using color theory for dramatic light
3              Light: Traditional and Contemporary Expression 
In class: continue 2nd assignment
Homework: continue 2nd assignment
4              Space: Aerial Perspective and Dramatic Expression
in class: start 3rd assignment: painting emphasizing space  Homework: continue 3rd assignment
5              Space: Traditional and Contemporary Expression
in class: continue 3rd assignment: painting emphasizing space  Homework: continue 3rd assignment
6              Series: Course Project
During the next four weeks, students work on 3+ paintings using their own subject matter and one or more of the "light" and "space" ideas  discussed in class so far
7              Space & Light: the Dramatic Language of Film I
In class:  continue course series project
8              Space & Light: the Dramatic Language of Film II
In class:  continue course series project
9              Space & Light: Detail
In class:  continue course series project
10            Space & Light: Finishing Touches I
In class:  continue course series project
11            Space & Light: Finishing Touches II
In class:  continue course series project
12            Final crit – all assignments

MATERIALS

Acrylic or Oil
a "warm yellow"        Cadmium Yellow Medium 
a "cool yellow"          Cadmium Yellow Light or Pale or Lemon
a "warm red"             Cadmium Red Medium or Light 
a "cool red"                Quinacradone Crimson or Alizarin Crimson     
a "warm blue"           Ultramarine Blue 
a "cool blue"             Cobalt Blue or Cerulean Blue or Turquoise Blue
a "warm green"         Sap Green or Chromium Oxide Green or Perm Green Light 
a "cool green"           Pthalocyanine Green or Viridian             
a "warm brown"        Burnt Sienna or burnt umber
a "cool brown"          Raw Sienna or raw umber                        
a "black"                           Any kind       
a white                            Titanium white     


Acrylic painters: Polymer Medium
Oil painters:       Gamsol brand solvent and Liquin brand oil painting medium.
  

Brushes: "Flat", "Filbert" or "Bright"  (1 large and 1 small) + one "Script" brush  
Canvas or Watercolor Paper  140 pound 11x14 pad and/or 22"x30" sheet whole or cut in halves


Other Stuff

o sketchbook (any size)o palette - disposable wax paper palettes or paper plateso palette knife o Spray bottle and Saran Wrap
o Two large plastic water containerso paper towels or rags o scissors o X-acto knife o pencil, eraser
o masking tape

OPTIONAL BOOK
Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice
by Al Gury $16.50 (Order from Amazon)

 

MIXED MEDIA PAINTING
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There are many "mixed media" approaches, use as many or as few as you want.
We mix media by using one media as if it’s another -- eg we use opaque paint as if it’s watercolor.
We mix media by combining dry and wet media in the same picture -- e.g.,  pastel & acrylic.
We mix media by combining images & words, and "art supplies" and found materials through collage
The class is a mix of structured exercises and unstructured painting time.

Week-by-Week
1 Overview of the course - texture and space brush marks & tone - exercise in  abstraction.
2 Washes (painting) and ink (drawing)
3 Pastel and acrylic
4 Collage with paint: textures with sand, glass, etc
5 Found object
6 Color theory I "Light"
7 Color theory II "Space"
8 Text as Image
11/11   NO CLASS (UC Holiday)
9 Negative shape; Space Architectural; Robert Birmelin
10 Scale
11 Finishing Touches & Detail
12 Final crit

Materials
Acrylic (Liquitex or Golden or Utrecht brands recommended)
a "warm yellow" Cadmium Yellow Medium 
a "cool yellow" Cadmium Yellow Light or Pale or Lemon
a "warm red" Cadmium Red Medium or Light 
a "cool red" Quinacradone Crimson or Alizarin Crimson     
a "warm blue" Ultramarine Blue 
a "cool blue" Cobalt Blue or Cerulean Blue or Turquoise Blue
a "warm green" Sap Green or Chromium Oxide Green or Perm Green Light 
a "cool green" Pthalocyanine Green or Viridian             
a "warm brown" Burnt Sienna or burnt umber
a "cool brown" Raw Sienna or raw umber                        
a "black" Any kind       
a white  Titanium white

• Acrylic Gesso            Gesso is white liquid acrylic paint with chalk added for absorbency. Buy a small bottle.
• Acrylic Polymer Medium   should be liquid when you shake it. Buy a small bottle.
• Pastels get chalk pastels Nupastel brand recommended, 12 or 24 color set
• Brushes: "Flat", "Filbert" or "Bright"  (1 large and 1 small) + one "Script" brush  
• Paper  watercolor or printmaking paper – 140 pound 11x14 pad and/or 22"x30" sheet whole or cut in halves or CANVAS if you want

Other Stuff
o sketchbook (any size)
o palette - disposable wax paper palettes or paper plates
o palette knife
o Spray bottle and Saran Wrap (IMPORTANT !!!)
o Two large plastic water containers
o paper towels or rags
o scissors
o X-acto knife
o pencil, eraser
o masking tape

PEN & INK DRAWING
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1 Intro to Ink & Mark Making; 7 kinds of line; in class: still life; HW: continue; create resource notebook
2 Building Texture (Searching Line/ Cross-Hatching; Short gesture drawing); in class: still life; HW: Texture "strip" drawings
3 Brush Work (3 kinds of brushes & brush pens) in class: work from resource notebook HW: Studies of master brush drawings
4 Drawing over washes HW any subject using these techniques
5 More Wet-on-wet & Wet-on-dry Techniques HW: continue
6 Composition and Visual Dynamics HW: continue
7 Course Project: "Series" of 5+ drawings exploring concept and technique in the course
8 Slides tba; continue course project
9 Slides tba; continue course project
10 Slides tba; continue course project
11 Slides tba; continue course project
12 Final Critique

MATERIALS
• Strathmore Bristol 300 or 400 series pad  (9x12 or 11x14)
• Watercolor pad (9x12) and one smaller to use as a sketchbook
• Ink – 1 Large bottle (6 oz) black drawing ink: one waterproof, and one not waterproof
  (India, Higgins Drawing Ink, F&W, Winsor Newton)
• Brown and Blue ink: One each 2 oz.
• Small bottle Pro-White ink correcting fluid or White liquid acrylic "gesso"
• Bamboo, double-tipped pen
• Brush Pen
• Speedball pen nib set (which includes 2 "crow quill" points as well)
• 3 mechanical waterproof and 3 water soluable drawing pens: 1 large, 1 med, 1 small (eg Micron #1, #0.1 #.005) Brands: Pentel, Micron, Flair, Pilot
• Brushes: Flat watercolor: 1" Round watercolor, one medium, one small; Script Brush:
• Large cup for water
• Small Cups for ink washes (plastic muffin-style cups or cat food cans)
• Paper Towels
• Tool Box
• Tube or portfolio for carrying paper

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED PAINTING

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12 sessions Wednesdays, September 10 - December 3 (no session Nov. 26)
7:30–10:30 pm | Studio 117

This course is designed for motivated and independent artists. Students in this course are encouraged to develop an original body of work, to engage conceptual issues in their painting, to express mood with power, and to experiment with materials – to make art with as much “ambition” as possible – however you define it.

Investigate a story or narrative through gesture & space
Evoke idea or mood through color and light
Make materials & process part of content
Reference the culture
Make it personal

WEEK BY WEEK

 

9/10                Slides: Series Course Project: “process and presentation”

9/17                Slides: Value & Concept: "light and drama"

9/24                Slides: Color & Concept:  "light and emotion"

10/1                Slides: Space & Concept: “depth”

10/8                Slides: Materials & Found Objects: “texture”

10/15              Slides: Composition & Movement

10/22              Slides: Gesture & Movement

10/29              Slides: Portraits & Identity

11/5                Slides: Text & Image

11/12              Slides: Style in Traditional Art

11/19              Slides: Style in Contemporary Art “Art Student Select” II

11/26             NO CLASS

12/3               Final crit


ISSUES EXPLORED


Abstraction Improvisation or mathematical procedure ... blends of "real" & "abstract?"
Materials As subject matter (texture, found objects, assemblage, etc)
Art History (Europe) Art which refers to European art history in theme and composition
Art History (Not Europe) Global culture, "Third World," folk art, "outsider" art, children
The Body Allegory (figure) or Individual Identity (in portraits)
Psychology Dream, Myth, Archetype, Shamanistic traditions...
Landscape Fact, Fantasy, Utopia. Abstraction; Nature Untamed, or Nature Destroyed
Politics - society Sociology, history, war and peace
Politics - identity Gender and race
Politics - technology Science as subject or as procedure
Pop Art Low Culture and High Culture
Public Spaces Institutional art, installation, time-based, community collaboration

RECOMMENDED READING
Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting by Barry Schwabsky

MATERIALS
Acrylic or Oil
a "warm yellow" Cadmium Yellow Medium 
a "cool yellow" Cadmium Yellow Light or Pale or Lemon
a "warm red" Cadmium Red Medium or Light 
a "cool red" Quinacradone Crimson or Alizarin Crimson     
a "warm blue" Ultramarine Blue
a "cool blue" Cobalt Blue or Cerulean Blue or Turquoise Blue
a "warm green" Sap Green or Chromium Oxide Green or Perm Green Light 
a "cool green" Pthalocyanine Green or Viridian             
a "warm brown" Burnt Sienna or burnt umber
a "cool brown" Raw Sienna or raw umber                        
a "black" Any kind       
a white  Titanium white         
Acrylic: Polymer Medium
Oil: Gamsol brand solvent and Liquin brand oil painting medium.
 
Brushes: "Flat", "Filbert" or "Bright"  (1 large and 1 small) + one "Script" brush  
Canvas or Watercolor Paper  140 pound 11x14 pad and/or 22"x30" sheet whole or cut in halves

Other Stuff
o sketchbook (any size)o palette - disposable wax paper palettes or paper plateso palette knife o Spray bottle and Saran Wrap
o Two large plastic water containerso paper towels or rags o scissors o X-acto knife o pencil, eraser o masking tape

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