1st Year Painting
The primary objective of the course is the practical elaboration of techniques, terms and concepts associated with traditional painting, referring to the experience of the great masters of the art. Observation and trying to understand the notion of an image that should be sought for in photography, cinema, theatre, everyday life and the awareness of one’s work are an equally important objective for the students of the first year. The main emphasis in the curriculum of the first year is working with the model. One element of this work is the anatomical study, with the task of developing a steady hand, knowledge of human anatomy and providing a stimulus for ideas realised at later stages of the curriculum. Students create works in any chosen painting technique, with the help of tools and methods used in other techniques. This allows for a greater diversity of artist’s tools, and consequently also of the final work, and most importantly generates discussion on the limits of the technique in question. Painting includes not only the study of human anatomy but also the environment, the context in which the model is placed. An important artistic issue is the relationship between the person portrayed and the surrounding objects, background and space. It is up to the students to select appropriate means of expression, composition, location, and finally the solution of a given task. The rule is that the place where the model is located is a stimulus to the imagination, but also highlights the unique features of the person and their character.