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ART 117B Figure Painting

Faculty: Tomlinson
Content: Fundamentals of using oil paints through a focus on the study of the human body. We address both historical and contemporary contexts and include specific approaches to figure painting such as old master, alla prima, direct observation, abstraction, color and pattern, and collage. Emphasis is on gaining technical proficiency with paint handling, finding self-direction, and identifying both contemporary and historical precedents. Through short readings, slide lectures and discussions, students will develop and use critical language that addresses inherent issues in figure painting including representation, phenomenology, post-structuralism, and feminism.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Annually, fall, spring, and summer.
Semester credits: 4.