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Photorealism in Acrylics

Investigate opaque and transparent methods of acrylic painting; glazing, additives and mediums; as well as gloss and matte finishes. Includes a field trip to artist studios, galleries and/or museums. All skill levels are welcome in this hands-on course.

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Explore the narrative possibilities of still life by capturing images from local restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries and cafes. Begin by photographing your chosen subject with controlled composition and lighting, then use a grid system to transfer your imagery to canvas. Learn the technical skills of preparatory drawings and color mixing while investigating opaque and transparent methods of acrylic painting; glazing, additives and mediums; and gloss and matte finishes. Find inspiration from artists such as Wayne Thiebaud, Paul Cezanne, Ralph Goings and Janet Fish, whose still lifes of food are much more than just renditions. Class includes technical demonstrations, slide presentations, studio critiques and a field trip to artist studios, galleries and/or museums. (Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation.) All skill levels are welcome.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GSTU1008.F17.1 Ellen Orseck On-campus 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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Instructor: Ellen Orseck

Ellen Orseck, M.A., is a Houston-based artist whose artwork has been exhibited across Houston and Texas, as well as in New York City and Lima, Peru. She has been awarded several commissions from state art councils, corporate collections and private patrons and was a finalist for The Hunting Prize. Ms. Orseck is represented by Nicole Longnecker Gallery in Houston. Her education includes four years at the Glassell School of Art. Ms. Orseck holds a master’s degree in painting from New York University and a master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University.

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Sept. 26, 2017

End Date: Nov. 14, 2017

Schedule: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Length: Eight Tuesdays (with off campus field trip)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $335 (Fee does not include cost of supplies, approximately $70.)

Rice Alumni: $302

CEUs: 2.0

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