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Painting I:

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Master Copy

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Assessment

Up until this point in the semester, students have worked almost exclusively from direct observation and from still-life arrangements. Translating three-dimensions onto a two-dimensional surface is inherently difficult but it is necessary to establish a core set of skills within the discipline such as measuring, mixing paint, and comprehension of form. 
 

When the "Master Copy" assignment is introduced, despite the resolve and complexity of the original works, students no longer have to translate from three-dimensions. Since the source material has already been flattened, this enables students to spend less time perfecting their drawings and allows them to focus on more complex problems in the painting. For example, when copying a master work, one becomes acutely aware on the mark-making or the application of the paint. This forces the students to ask themselves the following questions, "How was this painting made?", "What passage was painted first?", "What information was simplified for the clarity of the design?" and "How does the direction, and application of the brushwork impact the final painting?"
 

The examples that I've selected by students all demonstrate the successful completion of the objectives of the assignment. 

Self Portrait

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