Spring 2005
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 644
The Water-based: Color through Water


01/25/2005 - 05/03/2005
Tuesday 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Art Workshop 107

Watercolor and related water-based media have long been associated in art with the ephemeral and gestural--fleeting movements captured. Paper--the ever present background--and its interrelationship with color pigment, plays an important role as it often serves as the "white" stage or source of luminosity, a kind of primordial alchemic union of very basic elements. The challenge lies in this simplicity of materials.

We will explore various techniques used in watercolor, ink, and other water-based media: brush movement, marks, movements of grays, the world of shape, color plans, values, washes, wet-in-wet, texture, linear, middle-space, and three zone landscape, to name a few. But this exploration of technique will not be one of technique for technique's sake alone.

Assignments will be geared to challenge individual creativity, and unique responses to projects will be encouraged. In addition to working from observation (the still-life and possibly landscape), assignments such as "Illustrate a Book of Numbers" using distinct color schemes for each figure; "The Four Seasons," an abstraction of various hues and marks and washes, will inspire students to develop creativity through the structures of technique and format.

Students can expect to spend $60 on paper and supplies and should be prepared to work both in the studio and at home. An open mind and a willingness to contribute to the class critiques are expected.

Peter Waite (B.F.A. Hartford Art School; M.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago) is visiting assistant professor of art. He has been a Guggenheim fellow and has taught at Wesleyan University and at the University of Connecticut, Fairfield University, and Bennington College. His work is represented by the Edward Thorp Gallery in New York City. He has had 15 solo exhibitions, including the Edward Thorp Gallery (2005, 2002, 2001, 1996, 1994), the Winston/Wachter Gallery (Seattle, 2006), and the Olin Gallery of Roanoke College (Salem, VA, 2005). View his paintings on his Web site at www.peterwaite.com.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

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