Art Marathon: the Portrait in its Landscape in Drawing and Painting

Summer 2022 First Session
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 20
4 8 Credits per quarter
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We will begin with observational drawing and painting, studying technical and conceptual skills that probe what it means to represent. What does it mean to be realistic? What does likeness accomplish? How do elements of abstraction and experimentation allow for a different kind of reality? How is background an environmental context? This two-week studio intensive class (20 hours a week for two weeks) will allow us to do deep work on the skills of drawing and painting the portrait in its environment. We will study the portrait and landscape in the studio and the field.

Using the hand, the mind and the senses, we will learn formal issues like figure/ground relationships, volume, line, color, texture perspective and composition. Materials will be pencil, ink, charcoal, pen, watercolor, and acrylics or gouache.  There will be some short readings to give us contemporary and historical art context.

Students have the option to take this class for 8 credits and have a third week of intensive studio time, faculty feedback and all-class critiques to further develop their own figure/ground compositions. Students will advance their ability to critique the work of others and to formulate ways of understanding and articulating their own work.

This program is open to all students at all levels. Students without visual art experience are welcome, as are students who have experience and want to build on it.


Summer 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Fr - Sr First Session (4): 40071
First Session (8): 40135

Academic details

Preparatory For

Arts, Education, Arts and Culture

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$50 studio fee

Special Expenses

Students should be prepared to spend approximately $100 on art supplies. A painting supply kit is available at the bookstore which you can order online.


In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
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First Meeting

Art Annex 2103 - Art Studio


Date Revision
2022-05-04 $50 required studio fee added