Jose Agustin Andreu
Painting Studio

Students will expand their knowledge and understanding of visual language, materials, methods and skills used to construct paintings. Especially appropriate for students working above the beginning level who are interested in building a portfolio and/or transitioning to an independent practice, this course allows extensive experimentation with materials and techniques through individual painting problems. The organization of ideas and development of personal imagery are addressed through assignments, which encourage self-directed work. This painting studio will assist students in enhancing foundational painting skills and develop conceptual approaches to content. By combining art history and the work of contemporary painters, students will be exposed to the rich lineage of painting along with fresh ideas to better understand their future studio work. The study of various painting genres will be included as well as individual and group critiques providing constructive criticism. Slide lectures, artists’ presentations, and critiques supplement the studio curriculum. Students work with their choice of water-based media. Recommended prerequisites: Painting Fundamentals (Acrylic or Oil) and Painting Materials and Techniques or equivalent experience.


Day 1

introduction, still life, abstract and representational forms and shapes

Day 2

interior, representational forms and shapes, viewfinder, pos-neg space

Day 3  

figure, abstract/analogous forms and shapes

Day 4

figure in environment, ground plane mapping, atmospheric ground plane

Day 5

still life as environment, value scale, subtractive drawing

Day 6  

imaginary landscape, representational gesture and texture, brush and ink

Day 7  

abstraction, field, abstract/analogous texture, past/present/future

Day 8

abstraction, gesture, monochrome and analogous color representation

Day 9  

synthesize, split complement representation

Day 10

representation and context, last day, abstract/analogous complementary



Develop subjects (1) through drawing in values or limited color harmony. Classify work done (2) and finish rounding out the modes (3). Continue exploring the most interesting with further elaboration and color (4). You can do more than one style/mode exploration.

1- Subjects;

figure in space
still life

2- Approaches;

self in space, classical                                         

self in moment, romantic

3- Modes of representation;

photo realism
non objective

4- Synthesize from previous work into a new set then develop in different techniques.


Use Geometrical Abstraction
Compose with a Grid
Use Selective Cropping
Employ “Designed Realism"
Overlap to Create Depth
Paint Stripes
Use Transparency to Flatten Space
Compose a Symmetrical Motif
Use Isometric Drawing to Delineate Solid Shapes
Maintain the Outline
Use Analogous Color Progression
Use Value Contrast to Emphasize Form
Omit Detail
Use Serialized Images



Shape the Canvas
Portray Motion
Create an Allover Energy Field
Emphasize Texture
Use Only Black and White
Let One Color Dominate
Emphasize Achromatic Hues
Let Color Flow
Emphasize High-Key Color
Reduce the Subject to A Simple Pattern
Make Disparities Work Together
Abstract a Living Form
Compose from an Artifact
Work Big: Paint a Mural
Paraphrase an Old Masterpiece
Hybridize the Subject
Use a Comic Idiom
Objectify a Fantasy
Use an Assemblage as a Subject
Use Sharp Focus Realism
Combine Abstract and Figurative Motifs
Create Ambiguous Space
Symbolize a Sensation
Make Shapes Levitate
Combine Words and Images
Use a Stage Set Format
Assemble and Paint Found Materials



Let the Brushwork Produce the Drawing
Stain the Canvas
Paint with a Knife
Paint with Stencils
Blend with the Airbrush
Spray Crumpled Surfaces
Reveal Stratified Color
Use Transparent Impasto
Work with Opaque Impasto
Extrude Color
Laminate with Acrylic Medium
Mold Shapes and Textures with Fabric
Experiment with Resist Effects
Print Textures
Paint Oils over Acrylics
Use Graffito
Combine Acrylic and Graphite
Use Acrylic-Coated Paper for Collage
Explore Canvas Collage
Integrate Transfer Images
Create a Polychromatic Wood Relief
Use Mixed Media
Paint over Papier-Mache



vine charcoal, medium and white chalk or pastel
5 stretched and primed canvasses or canvas boards
            no dimension should be less than 12” or longer than 24”
examples are  24” x 24”, 20”x 12”, 24”x 16”, 18”x 18”, 20”x 22”, etc.
                        or stretcher bars for 5 canvasses;
10 of one length such as 20” and 16 of another length such as 18”
                        unprimed canvas #10 or #12
                        staple gun
                        box of 1/4” staples
                        canvas pliers
                        quart or gallon of gesso
large disposable palette, 30 - 50 sheet pad, 12” x 16” or a palette of comparable size
2” wide brush
natural or synthetic bristle brushes:
            round #4, #6, #10
            filbert  #6, #8, #10
            flat  #4, #6, #10
            and any other brush you’d like
2” to 2.5” trowel shape palette knife, 1/2 wide
half pint of stand oil  (4 fl.oz./118ml)
pint of linseed oil  (8.4 fl.oz./250ml or 16.9fl.oz./500ml)
pint or quart of odorless turpenoid  (16.9fl.oz./500ml or 32 fl.oz./946ml)
smock or old shirt
small reseal able jars
small painting cups
3 small plastic squeeze bottles
Master’s Brush Cleaner or small container of liquid dish soap
roll of paper towels
roll of Saran or Glad wrap
1” masking tape
large tube of titanium white oil paint  (6.75 fl. oz./200ml)
small tubes of oil paint color  (1.25 fl.oz./37ml)
            ivory black
            cadmium yellow light
            cadmium yellow medium 
            cadmium red light  
            quinacridone red,  permanent rose or cadmium red medium deep
            alizarin crimson
            dioxanine purple
            ultramarine blue
            pthalocyanine blue
            viridian or pthalocyanine green
            permanent green
            burnt sienna
            raw umber
            yellow ochre
or any other color that attracts your fancy
desire, commitment, and perseverance. Talent optional

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