Instructor: Sarah Stolar
10 Sessions / Mondays, June 3–August 12, no class June 10
Time: 6:30–9:30 pm
Location: Studio 117
In this course, students will use their current body of work and ideas as a springboard for developing a new body of work through investigations and exercises. The course will expand upon each student’s technical knowledge, as well as begin to push painting beyond the realm of straightforward observation. Using a series of conceptual prompts as a guide, students will begin to define their authentic voice, pushing beyond comfort zones and experimenting with new concepts in painting relevant to contemporary art. The class will discuss abstraction, conceptual approaches, and the work of other artists as we interrogate how technique communicates the intended concept. The primary focus of this course is to develop an individual aesthetic, and to be able to defend it in a critique setting. Large-scale painting is highly recommended; students should be prepared to work outside of class time.
Prerequisite: Recent college or extension level courses in painting.
Sarah Stolar has an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She is a painter, multimedia, video, and performing artist whose work is narrative, autobiographical, figurative, and abstract. Selected exhibitions include Currents 2011 Santa Fe, FADA Los Angeles Art Fair, Red Dot Art Fair NY, Kennedy Art Museum in Athens, OH, and the Carnegie Center for the Arts in Covington, KY. Stolar's paintings are represented by the Bohemian Gallery in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Montevideo. She is also a company dancer with UpSwing Aerial Dance Company in Berkeley, and the costume designer for Annie Sprinkle.