Figure Painting: Mystery, Magic, and Color

ART X 420.20

Post-Impressionist painters like Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, and Rousseau used distinctive brush strokes, unnatural or arbitrary color, and were inclined to emphasize geometric forms and distort the figure for…

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Post-Impressionist painters like Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, and Rousseau used distinctive brush strokes, unnatural or arbitrary color, and were inclined to emphasize geometric forms and distort the figure for expressive effect. They found inspiration in a variety of cultures and sources, including Gauguin's paintings of life in French Polynesia, Rousseau's depiction of the jungle, and Matisse's imagery from Morocco. This studio course uses their work as a jumping off point for exploring the creative potential of the figure. Class includes lecture, demonstration, individual painting time, and critique. Students paint from live models, still-lifes, and photographs. Assignments may include self-portraits, creating a collage to paint from, and painting from dreams. Students may use the medium of their choice; instruction applies to oils, acrylic, and watercolor. At the end of class, students have a collection of paintings, as well as a more creative approach to the figure.
Prerequisites
ART X 5A Basic Drawing I or equivalent experience.

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