Course Description

IN PERSON: If asked to talk about abstract painting — even works we know well — many of us would struggle to put what we’d likely describe as our feelings into words. How does an art form, which owes part of its place in history to the efforts of so many American artists, find such an odd place in our culture? Through a combination of lecture and discussion, we will gain a historical basis for looking at abstract painting by examining several stages of its development in the 20th century. As we develop a vocabulary to discuss both conventional and newly canonical works, we will also explore more contemporary modalities and the state of the art form today. We will use class time for demonstrations and for making nonfigurative art work as well. Students will have the opportunity to try out this new vocabulary during in-class critiques of the work we make. There will be an end-of-course writing assignment. A set of structured activities will be completed outside of the class. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion, Active Skill Learning.

Max enrollment: 14.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
Abstract Painting: Theory and Practice
Classroom - In Person
9:00AM to 10:30AM
Feb 13, 2024 to Apr 02, 2024
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Classroom - In Person  
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Recommended reading: Upon registration, the course web page will be provided and will include links to a weekly reading list. This course is open to students at any level.

Required supplies/fee: During the first class, students will be given choices of different water-soluble media and supports as well as painting implements that they can use for experimenting with techniques during this class. Students will purchase materials independently for an estimated cost of $100. For additional information, please see the course details at learnmore.duke.edu/olli.


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