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Introduction to Oil Painting

Instructor: Sarah Stolar
12 Sessions / Tuesdays, September 10–November 26
Time: 7:30–10:30 pm
Location: Studio 117
Number: PA1001
Tuition: $480
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This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of painting. Students will make representational paintings of a variety of subjects from life, developing skills relating to all aspects of painting such as surfaces, materials, application, texture, concepts of color, content, and craftsmanship. As a beginning painting course, students will spend significant time becoming familiar with the materiality of paint through experimentation. Students will also learn how to build and stretch canvases, mix and apply color through a variety of techniques, and discuss the visual information in paintings through several in-class critiques. We will discuss the dialogue surrounding painting and its formulas, and when it is appropriate to abandon those formulas. Slide lectures, readings, and a visit to a museum will enhance the hands-on painting work. No prerequisite.

Sarah Stolar has an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She is a painter, multimedia, and video artist whose process stems from drawing, and her work is narrative, autobiographical, figurative, and abstract. Selected exhibitions and venues include Currents 2011 Santa Fe, FADA Los Angeles Art Fair, Red Dot Art Fair NY, Kennedy Art Museum in Athens, OH, and the Carnegie Center for the Arts in Covington, KY. Stolar is represented by the Bohemian Gallery in Kansas City and Montevideo. www.sarahstolar.com

Abstraction’s Concepts

Instructor: Brent Hallard
12 Sessions / Saturdays, September 14–December 7, no class on October 19
Time: 10 am–1 pm
Location: Studio 117
Number: PA1004
Tuition: $480
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Abstraction’s Concepts opens upon the multifarious practices of abstraction, which include—but are certainly not confined to—reduction, concept, context, formalism, post-formalism, pop, and gesture, with the aim to spark exploration, experimentation, and discourse. Artists are responsible for developing a strong body of work that engages a personal dialogue, creates a narrative of related pieces, and invites discussion in terms of methodology and concept. Every participating artist will be supported on a one-to-one basis, and each artist is expected to give a presentation about their work. Supporting the studio work, the course will include a weekly slideshow about movements or individual artworks, sent to students via email, that will spark discussion in between painting sessions and critiques. Critiques are not only an important part of getting feedback about your work; they are also invaluable to understanding community, and therefore will happen in one form or another each week.

Brent Hallard is an artist, curator, and writer based in San Francisco. As a Masters graduate from the University of New South Wales, he has recently participated in exhibitions including Hydrography - Abstract in Watercolor, De Vishal, Haarlem, the Netherlands; Never Underestimate a Monochrome, University of Iowa Museum of Art and Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art; The KOBE Biennale 2011, Kobe, Japan; Sugarmountain 2, Galerie van den Berge, Goes, the Netherlands; Gifting Abstraction, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, NY; Informal Relations, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; and Recent Movements in Non-objective Art, Reuten Galerie, the Netherlands. Recent curated events include Dripping Color Amazement, Galerie oqbo, Berlin; A Romance of Many Dimensions, Brooklyn Artists Gym, NY; Touch + Paris, ParisCONCRET; Trans: Form | Color, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco; Trans:formal Pharmaka, Los Angeles, and Bus-Dori Suitcase, Bus-Dori Project Space, Tokyo. Hallard is currently organizing a large scale-exhibition of international artists and three international non-profit art institutions for 2014, which will be hosted by Root Division of San Francisco.

Intermediate Oil Painting

Instructor: Robert Xavier Burden
12 Sessions / Thursdays, September 12–December 5, no class on November 28
Time: 7:30–10:30 pm
Location: Studio 117
Number: PA1012
Tuition: $480
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This course is intended for those who are interested in a more advanced level of study in the elements of oil painting. Through projects both traditional and contemporary, students will have an opportunity to advance their painting skills with a variety of techniques. Critical discourse, in-class demonstrations, painting exercises, and minimal reading assignments will foster and encourage new ideas and conceptual practices in a positive atmosphere. In an effort to engage students with mature issues of composition, application, color theory and expression, students will spend no fewer than six of the twelve classes working toward one polished piece of art. Prerequisite: Some painting experience is recommended.

Robert Xavier Burden is a San Francisco-based artist who works primarily with oil paint and charcoal. He completed his BFA in Painting and Art History at Queen's University in 2005. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was the recipient of the 2007 Irene Pijoan Memorial Painting award. He has exhibited in Seattle, Toronto, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. www.robertxburden.com

Intermediate and Advanced Painting                    

Instructor: Glenn Hirsch
12 Sessions / Wednesdays, September 11–December 4, no class on November 27
Time: Wednesdays, 7:30–10:30pm
Location: Studio 117
Number: PA1010
Tuition: $480
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Through visual and verbal analysis, students will increase the power of their work and overcome blocks that hinder the completion of paintings. This course presents ideas to encourage students to explore the content of their art through irony, humor, narrative, mood, and the use of unusual materials. Individual instruction and technical assignments will help students to explore a particular style and become more independent by painting in series. Prerequisite: Recent college or extension level courses in both drawing and painting.

Glenn Hirsch completed his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. He teaches as adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley Extension Art Studio, and formerly served as adjunct faculty at JFK University's MFA program and as an advisor for the Art Institute of Boston's MFA program. He has exhibited widely in the United States for 20 years. www.glennhirsch.com

Advanced Painting

Instructor: Sarah Stolar
12 Sessions / Mondays, September 9–November 25
Time: 7:30–10:30 pm
Location: Studio 117
Number: PA1013
Tuition: $480
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In this course, students will build on their current work and ideas, using investigations and exercises as a springboard for developing a new body of work. This class will expand upon each student’s technical knowledge, as well as begin to push painting beyond the realm of straightforward observation. Using a series of conceptual prompts as a guide, students will begin to define their authentic voice, pushing beyond comfort zones and experimenting with new concepts in painting relevant to contemporary art. The class will discuss abstraction, conceptual approaches, and the work of other artists as we interrogate how technique communicates the intended concept. The primary goal of this course is for each artist to develop an individual aesthetic, and to be able to defend it in a critique setting. Large-scale painting is highly recommended, and students should be prepared to work outside of class time. Prerequisite: Recent college or extension level courses in both drawing and painting.

Sarah Stolar has an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She is a painter, multimedia, and video artist whose process stems from drawing, and her work is narrative, autobiographical, figurative, and abstract. Selected exhibitions and venues include Currents 2011 Santa Fe, FADA Los Angeles Art Fair, Red Dot Art Fair NY, Kennedy Art Museum in Athens, OH, and the Carnegie Center for the Arts in Covington, KY. Stolar is represented by the Bohemian Gallery in Kansas City and Montevideo. www.sarahstolar.com