Painting's Doubt: What Artmaking Lets Us See and Say (Gen Ed 1114)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

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Matt Saunders

Paul Cezanne, unfinished painting of trees

Painting is an engagement between the self and the world.  It is a practice of embodied making, and, as a language outside of words, can think around conditioned understanding.  This introductory studio art course proposes learning to paint as a new experience of relating to the world, and through painting we will investigate not only what we have to say, but what we have to see.

Studio assignments in small sections are complemented by weekly lectures, visiting artist presentations, readings and visits to Harvard’s collections.  The primary materials for this course will be oil on canvas, with some excursions into drawing and work on a paper.  No experience is necessary, except a willingness to make a mess.

Barkley Hendricks painting, 'October's Gone...Goodnight'
Image credits:
Paul Cezanne, Study of Trees, c.1904
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Lois Orwell Collection (1998.305)
Barkley Hendricks, October’s Gone…Goodnight, 1973
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard Norton Memorial Fund (2010.2)

 

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