Choose one of the following museums for your final paper:

Museum to visit: San Jose Museum of Art

Paintings to view: Robert Henri's California Portraits: Realism, Race, and Region, 1914-1925/

Assignment:

  1. At the museum, start by spending some time viewing all the works.
  2. Choose one painting by Robert Henri to write about.
  3. When writing:
    • Begin by giving a general description of the painting. Be specific. Include title, year, size.
    • Then write about its material qualities, colors, and how these relate to content. Try to connect to your personal experience in painting this semester.
  4. Email as Word Doc. by due date (see syllabus)

Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated understanding of the materials and techniques of oil painting as they apply to the content of a work
  2. Demonstrated understanding of color and how it functions in painting
  3. The paper should be approximately 600-700 words (1 page)
  4. It must be emailed to me by posted date (no late acceptance)

Or if you would like to write about one of Claude Monet's paintings:

Museum to visit: Legion of Honor in San Francisco

Paintings to view: Claude Monet

Assignment and Criteria:

Same as above.
For anyone interested in abstract landscape, it is possible to write about the following show instead:

Museum to visit: Berkeley Art Museum

Paintings to view: John Zurier: Matrix 255

Here is and interview with the artist.

Assignment and Criteria:

Same as above.

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"
  • Research: 1400's section on this site. Follow directions at top of page.

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
  • Research: 1500's section

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
  • Research: 1600's section

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
  • Research: 1700's section

Week 8

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

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)
  • Research: Realism section
  • 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"
  • Research: Impressionism section
  • 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"
  • Research: Modernism section

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)
  • Research: AbEx section; Watch Richard Diebenkorn: Known and Unknown.

Week 16

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

Final