Exploring the Portrait/Self-Portrait
10am-1pm Saturdays Jan 30 - April 23, 2016  $455

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1/30     Anatomy study, contour drawing. Homework: further anatomy study.
2/6       NO CLASS  Homework: self-portrait
2/13     NO CLASS UC holiday
2/20     Model poses in class. Homework: self-portrait in the chiaroscurostyle of Rembrandt (charcoal) 
2/27     Model poses in class. Homework: self-portrait in a hat (charcoal).
3/5       In class: Master study in class (pastel). No homework.
3/12     In class: Self-portrait in the style of the master you studiedpreviously (pastel). No homework.
3/13     SUNDAY FIELD TRIP to Legion of Honor Museum 930am-1230pm
3/19     Model poses in class. From now on, work in any media. Homework:Self-portrait as a child
3/26     Model poses in class. Homework: Self-portrait at home.
4/2      Model poses in class. Homework: self-portrait from a dream. 
4/9      Model poses in class:   portrait of someone you know) Homework:continue
4/16    In class: extended 10am-4pm all-day studio session to complete allassignments

4/23    Final crit - all assignments due

The language of portrait is objective -- study of the anatomical structure of the head 
The language of portrait is subjective -- expression of an individual through psychological mood, symbol, costume, and through expressive line, light/dark value, color and composition. 
If you’re a beginner -- focus on visual concepts & don’t worry about an exact likeness at first: anatomy, contour, gesture, modeling and shading. 
If you’re experienced, then explore mood, symbol, costume, and consider these questions: 
- Why do portraiture in the age of photography and mass media? 
- What is the "true portrait" of an individual? Can one image capture everything? 
- What is the place of simple "description" and what is of evocative "theater?" 
- What part does the beauty of drawing and color -- by itself -- play in portraiture? 

REQUIRED BOOK: Julian Bell 500 HUNDRED SELF PORTRAITS $13 (500 illustrations) 

Pencils One soft (#4b or #6b) and one hard (#2b or H) Pencil sharpener and erasers   
Charcoal Pencil (“Berol” Soft or Extra Soft)
Compressed charcoal (2 sticks)  Soft or Extra SoftVine charcoal (3 sticks)  Soft or Extra Soft
Sketchbook (any size) ("Aquabee" brand if possible)
Drawing Pad 18x24 size (#80 pound paper eg Strathmore Drawing Pad)
Newsprint Drawing pad 18x24
Drawing board (required !!!) with clips
Pastels (don't buy them yet - I'll review in class)    Hard chalk pastels  (e.g., "Nu-Pastel" brand) and/or Soft pastels (Sennelier,  Grumbacher, Rembrandt brands – NOT “Alpha Color” brand)Spray "workable" fixative

Painting Intermediate
630pm-930pm Mondays Jan 25-April 18, 2016 $455

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1/25 Color mixing, brush technique, glazing (assignment #1: limited palette painting) 
2/1   Light and Color (assignment #2: "light" and/or monochromatic color) 
2/8   Light and Color 
2/15  NO CLASS
2/22 Light and Color III (assignment #3: "space")
2/29 Texture

3/7   Style (assignment #4: master study and original response) 
3/13 SUNDAY FIELD TRIP to Legion of Honor Museum 930am-1230pm
3/14 More on style and color 

3/21 Exploration (assignment #5: student choice)
3/28 More on style and color 
4/4   Composition I
4/11 Composition II
4/18 Crit

Suggested book: Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice by Al Gury

see materals list for "Intermediate and Advanced Painting" below


12 Sessions 7:30–10:30 pm Wednesdays Jan 27 - April 20, 2016     $530


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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



1/27      Series Course Project: “process and presentation” 
2/3        Value & Concept: "light and drama"
2/10      Color & Concept:  "light and emotion" 
2/17      Space & Concept: “depth”
2/24      Materials & Found Objects: “texture”
3/2        Composition & Movement
3/9        Gesture & Movement

3/13      Sunday field trip to Legion of Honor Museum 930am-1230pm
3/16      No class
3/23      Portraits & Identity
3/30      Text & Image

4/6        Finishing Touches

4/13      Crit part 1

4/20      Crit part 2


Suggested text: Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting by Barry Schwabsky

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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