Intro to Acrylic Painting
Instructor Sally Scopa
In this course, we approach painting not only as a way to record our surroundings, but also as a means to transform and deepen perception by looking closely at the overlooked. Students are introduced to the methods, materials, and unique possibilities of acrylic painting, while slide presentations and museum visits provide both contemporary and art-historical context for our studio work.
Throughout the course, process and exploration are emphasized over product. Our priority is to connect hand and eye and to develop the skill of close-looking. Though we will cultivate representational painting skills, students are encouraged to hone their own personal sensibilities and interests throughout. We work from photos, from still lives, and outdoors, and also delve into alternative image-making strategies such as abstraction, photo-transfer and collage.
S/NX grading; narrative evaluation
Students are evaluated based upon their commitment to their projects, regular and punctual attendance, active and informed participation in class discussions and workshops, and the timely completion of all projects, required readings and assignments. Students are expected to challenge themselves both creatively and intellectually. An open-mind and enthusiasm for your work is essential for successful completion of this course.