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Date(s) - 03/10/2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

171 Cedar Arts Center


Instructor: Rebecca Finch

Each class will be based on a theme that can be observed in art and will have three parts:

Concept: The aspect of art we will be focusing on

Dive in: We observe important works of art in light of this new concept

Create: We spend the rest of the class outputting our new knowledge by creating art with craft or art supplies along with some creative writing exercises.

We will also visit the current exhibition in the Houghton gallery and discuss topics such as appropriate gallery behavior, how to observe and enjoy the art, how an artist creates a cohesive body of work for an exhibit.

Movement (week 1)

Concept: Observe how artists depict movement in their paintings

Dive In: See how movement is shown in Hokusai’s “Ejiri in Suguga Province” and “The Wave”, and Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

Create: Design an artwork depicting a form of weather using yarn to show movement.

Texture (week 2)

Concept: Observe various textures (ie. fabric, metal, fur) represented in paintings

Dive In: Learn symbolism and secrets in Jan Van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait”

Create: Recreate the Van Eyck painting with fabric and various textures.

Space  (week 3)

Concept: Artists use size, placement and value to depict distance in their paintings.

Dive in: Describe the environment of John Sloan’s “South Beach Bathers” with your five senses.

Create: Develop a beach scene that shows depth and distance using large and small objects and overlaying tissue paper.

Unity (week 4)

Concept: A pleasing combination of elements creates harmony

Dive In: Discuss the visual unity of Gustov Klimt’s “Woman in Gold”, learn about her place in history and how Europeans protected artwork during WWII.

Create: Create your own Klimt painting with gold leaf and paint.

Emphasis (week 5)

Concept: Artists use various techniques to draw the viewer’s attention to a certain place in their painting.

Dive in: Analyze Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” for how our eyes move through the painting and how he makes it happen.

Create: Design your own artwork and use the tools we learned to guide the viewer’s eye where you want it to go.

Gallery Visit (week 6)

Concept: Discussing gallery etiquette and how to observe and enjoy art at an exhibit.

Dive In: Practice gallery etiquette and observation skills while visiting David Dowler’s exhibit in 171’s Houghton Gallery.

Create: Design a body of new artworks that would fit into David Dowler’s current exhibit.

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