TEACHING EXPERIENCE : PAINTING ONE, ISU

WARM/COOL painting
Students paint a foil dryer duct as a way to explore perceptual painting with a limited palette. Black is made from Raw umber and Ultramarine blue and students are encouraged to push and pull space by exaggerating warms and cools. White is added to create an infinite number of warm and cool values.

NEGATIVE SPACE PAINTING
Using a limited palette, students paint the spaces around a collection of objects. As an exercise, this project trains students to look carefully rather than name identifiable objects. the experience encourages painting shapes next to each other, rather than painting in layers. 

NATURAL OBJECT PAINTING
students make a painting based on intense observation of a "Natural" object, such as a rock or a leaf. Students put all the colors out on their palette and mix opposites to make endless varieties of neutrals. Even if the object is a red leaf, students are to mix greens with reds to explore a full range of saturations.

TROMPE L'OEIL PAINTING
Students create a collage that is up to 3 inches deep and then stretch a canvas of the same proportions. Replicating the collage as closely as possible, students learn to exaggerate certain qualities, such as HIghlights and shadows, in order to make the painting illusionistic and believable. 

STILL LIFE painting
Students are taught the value of underpainting. They use the wipe-out method with one color to establish tonal values. Then students use a full palette of oil paints to experience painting local color. the underpainting helps students map out the entire composition before focusing on color and details.

OBSERVATIONAL INTERIOR PAINTING
STUDENTS CHOOSE A LOCATION SOMEWHERE IN THE ART BUILDING AND SET UP THEIR PAINTING EQUIPMENT TO MAKE AN OBSERVATIONAL PAINTING. THE CHALLENGE IS TO PAINT AN ENTIRE ENVIRONMENT RATHER THAN A STILL-LIFE. THINKING CAREFULLY ABOUT COMPOSITION AND VIEWPOINT, THE STUDENTS CREATE A DOCUMENTARY PAINTING OF THEIR COMMUNAL SPACE.