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From Drawing to Painting

This course is for students that have a background in drawing, but little to no painting experience. Drawings serve as the foundation for acquiring new painting skills, and students are encouraged to develop their own ideas and goals with instructor guidance. Skills such as line, volume, space, materiality, form and function, and palette are explored through both drawing and painting. A variety of traditional and contemporary materials are used, and may include graphite, charcoal, pastels, water-based paints, mixed media, and/or collage. Trips to the Art Institute of Chicago museum and discussions of practicing artists will supplement the studio experience and encourage inspiration and development of concepts in student artworks. By the end of the course, students will have a greater knowledge of material options and acquire the ability to transition from drawing to painting. Prerequisite: Introduction to Drawing or equivalent experience.

Faculty member, Cecilia Beaven, explores narrative and develops a speculative mythology through painting, murals, drawing, comics, animation, and sculpture. Cecilia questions who gets to establish the official cultural narratives, and affirms her creative agency by modifying existing tales and mythology and seamlessly adding fiction and personal anecdotes. Cecilia holds an MFA in Studio from SAIC and a BFA  from ENPEG La Esmeralda. Cecilia’s multidisciplinary artwork has been shown in solo shows in Mexico City, Houston, and Chicago and group exhibitions in Mexico, the US, Colombia, Sweden, Italy, and Japan. In 2019 Cecilia was awarded the Leroy Neiman Foundation Fellowship at Ox-Bow School of Art. Currently, Cecilia is a Radicle Studio Resident at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.

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No class on July 4

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drawing to painting
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Class meeting time 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Class meeting days Sunday
Building and room Online
Course number 1090
Course instructor Cecilia Beaven