Pretty Lies, Ugly Truths, and Deep Fakes: An Introduction to Oil Painting (PAI2109.01)

J Blackwell

Fake news, reality television, “IRL” – asserting the veracity of our perceptions is a constant preoccupation in contemporary culture. What is real? Realism is a widely used term with multiple connotations: verisimilitude, authenticity, objectivity, truth, fact. In this course we will consider how painting reflects and/or perverts “reality” by making imitations of historical paintings. We will learn about the technical and material particularities of paint while exploring the ways in which formal choices such as color, texture, scale, and composition influence our perceptions as makers and viewers. Students will be expected to produce original work in addition to the assigned imitations. 


Learning Outcomes:
Establishing and maintaining a rigorous studio practice
Augmenting problem-solving and problem-finding skills
Exercising and expanding imaginative thinking


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: Four Credit , 2000 , All courses , Painting , Fully In-Person
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