Materials and Methods: Painting Practicum (PAI4110.01)

Ann Pibal

*****Prerequisites Updated as of 2/11/2022*****

This seven-week intensive course is designed for students who may not have had the opportunity to enroll in fully studio-based introductory level painting courses in recent terms due Covid and the temporary shift to online teaching. Topics covered will be techniques and protocols for the use of VAPA and remote studios, including the safe-handling of oil painting materials, the safe handling of acrylic painting materials, the construction of stretcher-bars, stretching and priming canvas, as well as the fabrication and preparation of rigid substrates. Emphasis will be placed on understanding color relationships and skills mixing paint while using a full color palette. Non-paint based materials for painting, such as fabric, craft supplies, and found objects, will also be introduced.

Through weekly discussions and presentations, students will examine the work of several contemporary painters through the lens of materials, unpacking and becoming increasingly engaged critically with the ways in which materials create meaning, evoke varying histories and expand fundamental and predictable answers to the question: “What is a painting?”  These artists will include Ghada Amer, Polly Apfelbaum, Sanford Biggers, Lynette Yiadom Byoake, Torkwase Dyson, Josephine Halvorson, Camille Hoffman, Jennie C. Jones, Glenn Ligon, Meg Lipke, Beatriz Milhazes, Dona Nelson, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Jorge Pardo, Sheila Pepe, and others.


Learning Outcomes:
- Experience with basic contemporary techniques for use and safe handling of oil paint.

- Understanding of the basics of construction and safety when building painting supports.

- Practice with use of a full color painting palate and practice observing naturalistic color.

- Exposure to wide-ranging definitions and approaches to contemporary painting and a broad range of living artists, their material and conceptual/narrative priorities.

- Experience with the practice of inclusive classroom conversation particularly as it pertains to the discussion of the artwork of classmates as well as to the analysis of contemporary art.


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: One previous course in Visual Art at Bennington. This course is open to all students who wish to begin painting or strengthen their foundation with painting. After successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to apply for enrollment in intermediate level painting courses in subsequent terms.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

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