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Instructor Info:Daniel Schrade
Office Extension x5794
TA Info:Michael Dominianni
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM - 03:20 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 1
12:30 PM - 03:20 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 1

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of painting, such as composition, value, and color. Students will learn about material and the technical issues of painting. Drawings will often be produced in tandem with paintings in order to illuminate visual ideas. We will work with water based and oil based paint on various surfaces. Besides creating individual paintings, students will collectively prepare and work on large-scale canvases. This course will develop from individual representational set-ups towards collective, abstract work. Regular class critiques will assist in examining formal composition principles. The course will focus on the work of non-western contemporary artists and we will discuss historic work examples from a post-colonial perspective. Readings and one paper on an artist to be assigned will be part of this class. Assignments will require students to work independently outside of class.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluations will be contingent upon completing all in-class and homework assignments, classroom participation, and attendance. You are expected to attend all classes. If you have to miss class due to an extenuating circumstance you need to contact Daniel or Michael beforehand. Missing more than two classes will result in a no-eval.

Additional Info:

Sketchbook: You are required to maintain a sketchbook of your choice, which should be treated as a visual journal. Put whatever you like in there, along with notes from class critiques, class slide lectures, and research on artists you find as continuing influences. Please bring your sketchbook to every class!

If you miss a class you will need to speak to a classmate about the work that you have missed. We will not reply to emails asking about the work missed. You will be expected to have all relevant coursework at the next class.

Art supplies available at:

Campus Center Store UMASS:


Guild Art Supplies Northampton: