Art 220 Painting I : Representational Painting in Oil

George Coblyn, Venice, 1968, oil on canvas

Professor Michael Coblyn
Painting I : Representational Painting in Oil
Art 220 / Art 540
Mon/Wed. 1:25 - 4:10pm
Studio Arts Building Rm. 101
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Philosophy of the Course

During the course of the semester we will explore a variety of approaches to the representation of forms in nature. These explorations will span the history of painting from Giotto to Saville. The most prominent of the investigations will be in the areas of Surrealism and Narrative Art. In Surrealism the major figures will be Rene Magritte, Giorgio de Chirico, Dali, and Max Ernst. In terms of Narrative Art we will investigate Mark Tansey, Edward Hopper, Balthus, Carrie Mae Weems, Eric Fischl and Hughie Lee-Smith to name but a few. Both of these movements, Surrealism and Narrative Art, have played an important role in defining what constitutes Post Modernist and contemporary trends in painting.

Technical explorations will include alIa prima, glazing and tonal ground painting. Drawing will play an integral role in all of the work done in this class and a thorough understanding of design is also a prerequisite (students in this course should have completed the entire 20 credit Foundations Program).

Course Objectives

To gain an understanding of the context of representational painting as it relates to contemporary art practice in painting. While this is a studio course in which we will learn new techniques, the primary focus will be on the content of the art works created.

Blessed Mother, oil on board © 2003


In my opinion nothing is abstract, in fact I don't think there's anything more surreal or more abstract than reality.(Giorgio Morandi)


All art is at once surface and symbol. (Oscar Wilde)

Blessed Mother: Study , charcoal, watercolor on MYlar © 2003

Material List

Disposable palette
Palette knife
Liquin (as a medium) Assorted natural bristle brushes Arches, or Rives papers
# 10 cotton duck canvas/ stretcher bars
wood or masonite panels
oderless turpentine
Color Wheel
Mars or Ivory Black Titanium White
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Permanent Green
Ultramarine Blue
Cadmium Red Medium
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Orange
Alizarin Crimson