how to learn to paint

A lot of art education is process-oriented: if you want to paint, you have to pick up a brush. “Learning by doing.” Art history courses supplement this through their review of what has been considered great art over the centuries, the fundamental principles/elements of art and design, and the process of critical visual analysis. While these topics are all important, projected slides, textbook reproductions, and digital images simply can’t compare to experiencing art in person – when and where you can actually see the creative and technical processes as they originally unfolded.

I don’t know how to describe the feeling of standing inches away from some of the greatest paintings I’ve ever seen, noticing nuances in color and brushwork that I didn’t know existed. Or of taking in works of art created hundreds of years ago by someone who is a fellow artist, whose drive to create beauty gives us common ground in spite of the centuries that separate us.

It’s overwhelming, mysterious, beautiful, and proves to me again that art is powerful.

If you want to learn to paint, I think it’s absolutely necessary to spend time breathing the same air as the works that inspire you. See, appreciate, understand, disagree, wonder, feel. And then: create.

how to learn to paint | Lynnette Therese

B2 gallery, Leipzig

Art History course post #2:

Herron Study Abroad

Post by Lynnette Sauer

Last week during our time in Berlin, we took a day trip to Leipzig by train — about an hour and twenty minutes away from the city.

Although the entire day was inspiring, one of my favorite parts was visting the B2 gallery run by a collective of Leipzig artists. The group consists of about 10-15 artists who collaborate to to run and maintain a gallery space. They each pay a monthly fee and work together to make all decisions for the gallery. The money is used to run the space and hire someone to be an ‘office manager’ of sorts, handling the marketing and business administrative side of things. Each artist gets a show per year, in which they have freedom to curate the content of their choosing. Bastian Muhr, one of the artists, had a solo show up while we visited — it was…

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Observations and thoughts at the Pergamonmuseum

First art history class blog post, from Berlin.

Herron Study Abroad

Post by Lynnette Sauer

When approaching this museum (and, from what it seems, all of the Museuminsel museums), the overall impression is that everything is grand. From the architectural appearance of the building itself to the fact that there are reconstructions 60-70 feet tall. There is a huge, beautiful tiled arch — mostly blue tile, with gold and teal accents, and animals: slightly protruding in more textural brick (Ishtar Gate of Babylon). Upon proceeding through the gate, you arrive within a room of anient Roman architecture and sculpture which is my favorite part of the museum — I have never seen life-size Roman columns, and to see these beautiful Corinthian pillars on a two-story, 60 or 70 foot wall is a bit overwhelming. In a good way.

After the room of Roman architecture and sculpture comes the Permanon Altar room: the related frieses are also quite amazing in their grandeur…

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