This course will cover the fundamentals in master level oil painting techniques. Topics will include under-painting, color theory, mediums, glazes, thinners, etc. Students will work to understand perspective, composition, form, value, and how to capture chiaroscuro effects with tints and shades. The class will progress throughout the semester towards more complex assignments such as replicating master paintings and approaching assignments conceptually. Lectures and discussions of realism in painting from classical to modern art, as well as critiques, will take place periodically throughout the course.
Emily McPeek grew up in Los Angeles and now works in San Jose in primarily oil paints and watercolors. She received her BA at USC, and had the honor of working as an artist assistant for her instructor Kristin Calabrese. She helped expedite various paintings for a pending show, including her painting Art as Bandaid. At USC Emily also won first place for the Arts in Action: Momentum award sponsored by Volkswagen. The winning piece Women Praying was displayed in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. The Kennedy Center later requested two more paintings to show in the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2017, she received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and continues to work and exhibit in the bay area.