Landscape as Painting

The course objective is to advance through painting students’ visual skills in artistic representation and creative imagination.

Assigned and generated by students projects will focus on emotional perception, bodily experience and metaphoric interpretation of landscape.

The course will be mastering visual sensitivity to all details of what one sees, and capacity to articulate and convey them through painting in a visually convincing and evocative form.

Projects will address both natural and built environment, will include working in outdoor and indoor situations and places as well as drawing and painting of life models.

Painting assignments will focus on the world of colors, textures, composition, mood, light effects shape, shade and values.

Students will use various tools, materials and artistic techniques including acrylic and oil paint, watercolor, ink, gouache and other wed media later combined with the application and transformation of media imagery, use of camera, computer renderings, etc.

In the assignments the emphasis will be made on playful experimentation that involves and encourages a creative use of innovative combination of various painting materials, methods and techniques.

There will be four projects each developed in stages.

Each class session will be divided into two parts: one focused on learning and experimenting new painting techniques and another on working on the project.

The course will include a visit to the museum and art galleries, presentations by visiting artists and response and input from invited guest critics during mid-term and final reviews.


Painting projects may include:

-Emotional Landscape
-Strange and Uncanny Landscape
-Atmospheric Landscape
-Time and Experience Landscape
-Bodily Landscape
-Social Landscape
-Catastrophic Landscape

During the course references will be made to historical, modern and contemporary approaches to landscape as in:
Tang Dynasty (L. Sixun, L. Zhaodao),
Renaissance, (H. Bosch, P. Bruegel),
Romanticism (T. Cole, F. Church, C.D._Friedrich),
T. Rousseau),
Constructivism (K. Malevitch)
Cubism (P. Cezanne),
Expressionism (E. Munch),
Surrealism (S. Dali),
Realism (G. Courbet, J.M.W Turner),
Abstract Expressionism (R. Diebenkorn),
Land/Earth Art (R. Smithson),
Feminist Art (A. Mendieta, P. Chang),
and others.