Course Description

The human body has always been a present and powerful subject in art. In this course, students will employ the figure as a means of creating personal narratives. They will be encouraged to develop a personal narrative style by using metaphor, symbolism, and analogy in conjunction with the figure, exploring, for example, ideas such as the construction of gender and identity, personal relationships, or their relationship to the social/built/natural environment. This course will not work from a live model, but instead use visual sources such as found photographic imagery (books, magazines, newspapers), self-generated digital photographs, imagination, and memory. Exposure to a number of contemporary figurative artists (such as Frida Kahlo, Eric Fischl, Vincent Desiderio, etc.), as well as lively group discussions/critiques will complement classroom production time. Studio time each week will include slide presentations and ongoing development of personal themes. Students will produce 1-3 acrylic paintings.

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