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Calvin College    
 
    
 
  Oct 23, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog
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ARTS 251 - Introduction to Painting

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FA. This course introduces students to painting techniques and concepts with an emphasis on the formal language of the medium within a fine art context. Plein-air landscape painting in oil will anchor the course, along with still life and figuratives assignments. Color theory, linear perspective, compositional structure, figure/ground relationships, visual perception, spatial concepts, and critical thinking skills are all central concerns. As an introduction, the course emphasizes painting as the art of recording observations and experiences rather than the creation of highly finished products. The course will also address visual, technical, and conceptual concerns through readings, discussions, demonstrations, and critiques. F. Speyers. No prerequisite. Materials fee



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