Summer 2004

ARTS 623
Beyond Style: From Abstraction to Realism, a Painting Intensive

Sklar,Keith M.

06/28/2004 - 07/15/2004
Monday-Thursday 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Art Studio South 101

This is an intensive, hands-on course in which students will explore painting as a visual language, emphasizing its conceptual and technical underpinnings. Central to this class will be each student's development of her or his individual vision--beyond style--through problem solving, research, experimentation, and critical analysis. Students will be expected to take risks and challenge themselves to fully engage the physical potential of paint's capabilities. Painting is a mind-plus-body task. A painting is at once an image and an object. Each artist in class will be encouraged to understand and focus on those issues of content and form most crucial to them, from realism to abstraction. Class meetings will combine painting during class with demonstrations, individual and class critiques, and field trips. We will explore the unique place that the practice of painting has in the continuum of art-making and its currency in the world at large.

You will have regular painting assignments to complete outside of class. Students will be exposed to both traditional and contemporary painting techniques and may work in either oil or acrylic mediums. Painting in oils, however, will be encouraged. A required material list will be posted on the GLSP Web site.

Students will produce a final project, for which they paint a painting that, using their own style and content, responds to a painting that has been significant for them by a well-known artist, contemporary or historic. This painting must be one they have seen in person, not one they know solely through reproduction. The "response painting" final assignment is intentionally broadly defined. The grade for this project will be based upon risk-taking and follow-through in form and content, technical mastery, critical understanding of the selected work and its relationship to their own concerns as artists. A review of all a student's paintings for the class will be the basis for the final grade.

Students are expected to have previous painting experience; those with other studio experience but no painting experience are welcome to contact the instructor and submit a portfolio for review. Additional course fee: $15.

A syllabus for this course is available at:

Keith Sklar (B.A. Wesleyan University) is visiting instructor of art at Wesleyan University. His exhibitions have been held at the San Jose Museum of Art (2003); Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica (2003); the Otis College of Art and Design (2003, 2002); Art Affairs, Amsterdam (2002); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2001); the Irvine Fine Arts Center (2001); Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica (1999, 1998, 1997); P.P.O.W., New York (1997); Hugieia Art Gallery, Belgium (1992); and Jeremy Stone Gallery, San Francisco (1988), He has produced eight pubic commissions, and his work is held in many private and museum collections.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Studio

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

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