Work Created in Issues in Abstraction

In this course, students study the impulse toward abstraction in Western art and build upon drawing and painting techniques to explore the abstract visual forms. Students work through a wide range of approaches to surface, scale and shape as well as work in series. Materials include oil and acrylic paint with admixtures, canvas, wood, and drawing directly on the wall. Sources can include observation, research, including photographs (particularly those taken by the student), and creative imagination. Projects are derived from course assignments and student proposals. Visual lectures covering historical and contemporary art, research, responsive writing, and field trips round out the course.