Week 1: Materials

  • Aug 25: Orientation. Download the Art 61 Greensheet
  • Aug 27: Lecture - Materials & Techniques / Van Eyck to Vermeer. Demo - Stretching canvas
  • Homework: Purchase materials. Research Materials section on this site.

Week 2:

  • Sept 1: Labor Day Holiday
  • Sept 3: Project 1 - Still Life, limited palette, indirect painting, 11x14"

Week 3

  • Sept 8: Project 1 continued
  • Sept 10: Project 1 continued; base coat for Project 2.
  • Homework: Shoot photos for Projects 2, 3 and 5

Week 4

  • Sept 15: Project 2 - Landscape, indirect painting (bring photo), 12x16"
  • Sept 17: Project 2 continued

Week 5

  • Sept 22: Guest Lecture - Gamblin Paints; Project 2 continued
  • Sept 24: Finishing project 2; Project 3 - Portrait begins (bring printed photograph), 11x14" canvas

Week 6

  • Sept 29: Project 3 - Portrait, expanded palette, indirect painting (bring printed photograph), 11x14" canvas
  • Oct 1: Project 3 continued
  • Homework: Finish projects

Week 7

  • Oct 6: Project 3 continued
  • Oct 8: CRITIQUE - projects 1-3; Lecture: Alla Prima, Romanticism and Realism

Week 8

  • Oct 13: ; Project 4 - Still Life, direct painting, 12x16"
  • Oct 15: Project 4 continued

Week 9

  • Oct 20: Project 4 continued
  • Oct 22: Project 5 - Romantic Landscape, direct/instinctive painting 12x16" (bring photo of a place in nature familiar to you)
  • Homework: Visit museum for the final paper assignment (due Dec 1).

Week 10

  • Oct 27: Project 5 - Romantic Landscape continued
  • Oct 29: Project 6 - Self-portrait from mirror, 11x14"
  • Research: Color section

Week 11

  • Nov 3: Project 6 continued
  • Nov 5: Lecture - Color Theory / Impressionism to Modernism; finish Project 6; Project 7 begins at home, 12x16"
  • Homework: Project 7 - Plein-air Landscape begins (due Nov. 24), 12x16"

Week 12

  • Nov 10: CRITIQUE - projects 4-6. Be prepared to discuss Romanticism and Realism.
  • Nov 12: Project 8 - Still Life, 'after Morandi' - form and color (low saturation) - 12x16"

Week 13

Week 14

  • Nov 24: Lecture - The New York School, Bay Area Figuratives; Discussion: memory and place
  • Nov 26: Museum visit for final paper (due Dec 1).
  • Homework: Write final paper.

Week 15

  • Dec 1: CRITIQUE - Projects 7-9. Be prepared to discuss the two reading by Monet and Matisse.;
  • Dec 3: Project 10 - Abstract Landscape, 20x24"; Final paper due - emailed by midnight (no late acceptance)
  • Watch Richard Diebenkorn: Known and Unknown.

Week 16

  • Dec 8: Project 10 - continued; Individual Meetings
  • Dec 10: CRITIQUE - Project 10

Final