Beyond Observation (Online Course) Fall 2024 w/ Edmond Praybe


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October 4 to November 1 (Fridays), 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Eastern Time

**All sessions are live and will be recorded, students do not have to be present. All recordings will be available to students for 3 months after the final session, after 3 months the recording will be deleted.

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Course Description

During this 5 week course we will investigate approaches to building a painting from multiple sources. Participants will focus on constructing a painting using a combination of direct observation, drawings and color studies, photographs, memory and/or invented sources. We will discuss technical methods and conceptual approaches to effectively construct a painting from multiple assembled images and ideas. Students will be encouraged to consider relationships or form and space, composition, light, color, narrative, unity and juxtaposition. Subject matter/genre/imagery will be the choice of each individual participant.

Over the course of 5 weeks students will create one main work along with a series of supplemental studies. The studies will serve as source images or be used to work out larger compositional, color or value ideas for the major painting.

We will meet virtually once a week via Zoom for topic overviews, instructor demonstrations, slide presentations and group discussions. During our meetings we will discuss technical and conceptual ideas and review historical and contemporary examples for each week’s topic. Students are encouraged to paint along and ask questions during demonstrations. Individual critiques will be conducted over Padlet and will be supplemented by class discussions each week.

Some basic familiarity with oil or acrylic paint will be useful.

Course Outline

Week 1: Generating ideas and gathering source images

Week 2: Beginning the painting, composing and organizing

Week 3: Integrating new images, forms and spaces

Week 4: Editing, removing, simplifying

Week 5: Methods for keeping a painting alive in later stages

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