Painting for Designers: Techniques, Methods and Concepts

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.

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

Projects will address both natural and built environments, which will include outdoor and indoor situations and places, as well as drawing and painting of live 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 wet media — later combined with the application and transformation of media imagery, use of camera, computer renderings, etc.

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

There will be three 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 the mid-term and final reviews.