Category: Art 240

Building a Frame for Stretched Canvas

Here is a quick review of the process demonstrated in class.  Please note that I did not actually nail the pieces together so you might see gaps between seams that shouldn’t exist in your finished (glued and nailed) frame. The sound in the first clip is…

Fair Use and Appropriation

On Monday, November 13, we will have a discussion about Fair Use as it applies to making art.  Here is a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts: http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/fair-use/best-practices-fair-use-visual-arts.pdf Read this section about making art on page 11 (also handed out in…

Building Frames and Stretching Canvases

  Project:  Build two stretched canvases.  The frames should be 36”x 36” or larger. Stretch raw canvas over the stretcher frames as demonstrated in class.  When working outside of class, carefully follow the instructions  below. Gesso both stretched canvases. Objective:   To learn to build canvas stretcher…

Daily Painting Practice

For this assignment, we will complete eight 9″ x 12″ paintings, six in class and two out of class. All eight paintings will be due on October 27.  Each of these paintings will be completed in one session, each session approximately 1 1/2 hours in length.…

Color Study Collage Project

Look at the work of Wangechi Mutu: 30 Americans Exhibit https://www.artsy.net/show/brooklyn-museum-wangechi-mutu-a-fantastic-journey and Elizabeth Murray: https://www.artsy.net/artist/elizabeth-murray https://art21.org/artist/elizabeth-murray/   Project Objectives: -To create an abstract collage with and emphasis on color scheme. -T0 explore shape, specifically creating a piece that is an irregular shape rather than a rectangle. -To…

Color Strategies

This video provides a good primer on color mixing and theory.  It explains hue, temperature, value and intensity.  You’ll learn how classical paintings use color close to the neutral core, how the lightfast colors used by the Impressionists were a result of the Industrial Revolution and…

Mixing Color from a Limited Palette

  We will now begin to work with color.  The following project is designed to learn how to mix color from a limited palette. Project:  Abstract Color Designs Supplies Needed –paint chips (handed out in class) –oil paints (full palette) –Gamsol –Liquin or Galkyd –brushes –two…

Monochrome Studies

Supplies needed: -Gamsol -Burnt umber paint -Titanium white paint -Ultramarine paint -#12 flat or bright brush -Two sheets of 18” x 24” gesso-covered paper. Objective: To create two gray-scale, abstract studies with visually interesting compositions that each employ black (which will be mixed from umber and…

Art 240 Supply List, Fall 2017

Welcome to Art 240, Introduction to Painting! Supply kits for this class can be purchased in the SNC bookstore.  If you prefer to purchase supplies at your local art supply store please feel free to do so. Here is the supply list for the course: Oil…

Photographing and Editing Images of Your Work

Since hiring someone to photograph your work can be very expensive it’s helpful to develop a basic skill set in this area. The easiest way to photograph paintings is in natural light. A slightly overcast day works really well.  I take my paintings outside or photograph them in a…