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Drawing & Painting: Course Descriptions

photo of a life drawing classAbout the Certificate Program (main)
Course Descriptions (all)
Academic-Year Courses (Fall, Spring)
Summer Courses


Required Courses:

Fundamentals of Painting
This course develops each student’s unique personal vision and style. Students are encouraged to be creative and to develop “image books” and sequential paintings to foster awareness of their own emergent tendencies. Students learn the fundamental aspects of painting and visual form, including color theory, thematic development, composition, palette and canvas preparation, and painting media and techniques.
PAD1100 / noncredit option
Pre-summer 2014 course title and number:
Painting I and II
GPA9150 / noncredit option

Life Drawing
This studio/art history course offers each student the opportunity to draw from a live model as well as from the wealth of art history’s famous masters like Rembrandt and da Vinci. The form and structure of the model are explored in a variety of media. Traditional and modern drawing concepts are introduced, including gesture, contour, relational technique, value, and composition.
PAD2070 / noncredit option
Pre-summer 2014 course title and number:
Life Drawing I and II
GDR9040 / noncredit option

Optional Studio Courses:

Painting From Art History
A lecture/studio course that explores transformations of previous art by important artists from prehistoric times through the postmodern era. Students learn to research and analyze composition, style, and content of significant paintings and apply new methods to their own work. Designed for all levels of accomplishment, from beginning through advanced.
PAD1110 / noncredit option
Pre-summer 2014 course number:
GPA9060 / noncredit option

Drawing From Nature
Designed for all levels, beginning through advanced, this course uses the Purchase campus and environs as its subject. Students work with a variety of drawing materials, developing their abilities to observe and interpret landscape. The class meets in the studio for the first session and during inclement weather. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to off-campus sites.
PAD2075 / noncredit option
Pre-summer 2014 course title and number:
Drawing From Nature I and II
GPA9600 / noncredit option

Optional Art History Courses:

Introduction to Modern Art
The work of Courbet, Manet, and the circle of the Impressionists sets the stage for the revolutionary modern movements of the 20th century (e.g., Cubism, Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism). The course concludes with those artists who came to prominence in America at the time of World War II.
ARH2050 / noncredit option
Pre-summer 2014 course number:
AAR9050 / noncredit option

Picasso: The Man, His Art, and His Critics
Deified, demonized, or mythologized, Pablo Picasso remained indisputably the consummate artist of the 20th century. As a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and set designer, Picasso absorbed techniques and traditions culled from various Western and non-Western art sources. Students study his numerous styles, from his early academic exercises through the Blue Period, Rose Period, African Period, Cubism, and Surrealism, and his influence on other artists.
ARH3100 / noncredit option
Pre-summer 2014 course number:
AAR9100 / noncredit option

Contemporary Art
The first distinctly American modern movement in art, Abstract Expressionism, burst onto the international scene around 1950. American artists then pioneered the major movements of Pop art, photorealism, earth art, and minimalism, while simultaneously participating in the more international developments: happenings, environments, conceptualism, neo-expressionism, and new figuration. Students explore the multiple directions in American and European art from 1945 to the present.
ARH3121 / noncredit option
Pre-summer 2014 course number:
AAR9120 / noncredit option

American Art
A study of American painting and sculpture from colonial times to the present, focusing on American contributions to romanticism, realism, impressionism, abstraction, Pop art, and postmodernism. Lectures also cover African American art, Latino American art, and Jewish artists as part of this opportunity to learn about American history through art.
ARH3180 / noncredit option
Pre-summer 2014 course number:
AAR9180 / noncredit option

Impressionism
The simultaneous development of various painters associated with Impressionism (e.g., Monet, Renoir, Morisot, Pissarro, Manet, Degas, Cassatt) is presented. This radical new art movement is traced from the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874 to the last exhibition of 1886 and the appearance of the post-Impressionists. Students explore the shared relationships of the Impressionist artists.
ARH3455 / noncredit option
Pre-summer 2014 course number:
AAR9400 / noncredit option

Art of the ’80s, ’90s, and 21st Century
A retrospective and prospective point of view is used to analyze contemporary art, beginning with the many coexisting styles and schools of the pluralistic 1970s, progressing to the powerful neo-expressionist images of the 1980s, and then considering the globalism of the 1990s. Discussions also contemplate the increasingly provocative content of much recent art and the 21st-century fusion of existing styles.
ARH3520 / noncredit option
Pre-summer 2014 course number:
AAR9520 / noncredit option

Updated March 25, 2014

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