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Drawing & Painting: Course Descriptions

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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

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

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 optionn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Realism in Art
Various artists from the 17th century to the present have worked in a style that can be termed realist. This course explores the definition of realism in art and examines why these artists chose to work in an empirical style. How do their styles differ, and what does their work tell us about the societies in which they lived? Students choose and place in social context a 20th-century or contemporary realist to discover how the meaning of realism has evolved over the centuries.
ARH3730 / Noncredit option: $625

Updated June 23, 2016

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