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Instructor Info:Daniel Schrade
Office Extension x5794
TA Info:Tara Morrison
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 1
06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 1

The greatness of artistic practice is not that it empowers the artist to create the illusion of reality. It is that art is teaching us to reinterpret the world. This course offers students to explore abstraction and non-representational painting. Students are encouraged-through readings, digital image lectures, and assignments-to develop an individual approach to the subject matter. This course will address issues such as alternative methods to image making, surface qualities, compositional structure and color theory, while exploring transcultural influences on abstract painting tradition and its various manifestations. Prerequisite: This course is open to students who completed a painting class on an introductory level.

Course Objectives:


Your attendance and participation of all classes is important and expected. More than two unexcused absences (and more than 3 total absences) throughout the term will result in a “no evaluation” for the course.



This course works only if you will work independently outside of class to complete projects and assignments. Detail descriptions of each project will be issued. Maintenance of a sketchbook is required and will be part of final critique/evaluation.

Evaluation Criteria:

1) Quality of studio work.

2) Attendance and active participation in scheduled classes , discussions, and field trips.

3) Timely submission of studio work assignments.

4) Oral presentation on an artist.

Additional Info:

Please prepare six painting surfaces (canvas/panel etc.)  422x30 inch and 236x48 inch.