Core Studio 2: Topics in 2D
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Fine Arts
Course Number: PUFA 3220
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course offers a focused investigation into a single topic. The topic can be, for example, focused simply on one specific techniques or materials, or can allow for hybrid practices, context-driven strategies, and take on larger themes. The Topics class will allow students to explore the respective areas in more focus and depth, through research-based studio work. Reading in this class is seen as an integral part of student’s studio practice. Topics in Fall 2015 include the following:

Painting Past & Future: This course will explore the art historical and critical history of Painting's past and explore its influence and presence in the present cultural moment and the effect it has on each student's present creative work. This course will examine the influence of present day issues and influence on our work as well as a projection into future possibilities of Painting’s cultural and personal influence. This course will have a particular emphasis on the role art history (the past), contemporary art (the present), and ideas about the future affect and influence creative work. Along with these concerns the course will focus on the development of themes ad the direction of form and content in the studio practice of each student’s painting.

Drawing and Perception: This studio class explores the problems – and wonders - involved in transcribing this long, hard looking onto a two-dimensional plane. These intense meditations on a portion of the phenomenal world - found and/or constructed objects, set-ups or sites etc. – will become trajectories for individual projects in painting or drawing. The class will examine the slippage between realism and abstraction and the collision between perspectival formula and phenomenological seeing. To paint the same jars over and over, as did Giorgio Morandi, or every infinite detail of a tumbleweed, as does Ellen Atlfest, is simply (or not simply) to make paintings about painting. It is not a grand subject-matter, rather the ardent attention to life that glorifies these works. Through serial, close-up and prolonged observation, we will create works that reflect on painting’s ability to give meaning and to withhold it.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Fine Arts majors, others by permission of the Fine Arts program. Pre-requisite(s): PUFA 2200 Core Studio 1: Sign & System, PUFA 2220 Core Studio 1: 2D, and at least one of the following: PUFA 2230 Core Studio 1: 3D or PUFA 2240 Core Studio 1: 4D.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Fine Arts students.