Date: Mondays, February 7-28, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00PM Pacific Time (1:30-4:00 PM Eastern Time/6:30-9:00PM London Time)
Medium: All mediums
This 4-week online course aims to increase your sensitivity to and deepen your appreciation of the vast worlds of visual art. Together, we will analyze various methods of visual expression and explore the relationship between the physical attributes of a work of art (the form) and its meaning (the content). This is not an art history survey course, nor a studio course. Rather, this class will focus on how art communicates, how we can interpret it, and how we can see it as a cultural product that reveals something about the society that produced it and ourselves as visual thinkers. Expect lectures with plenty of time for open discussion and questions, some light readings and videos to watch, and a few artmaking exercises to help drive the concepts home.
Week 1: Form and Content
Class 2: Elements of Art and Principles of Design
Class 3: Evaluating Art
Class 4: Impacts of Art
Ben Hamburger is a painter, socially engaged artist, and educator based in New Orleans, LA. His work is driven by art’s potential to connect and enrich our understanding of the world. Hamburger holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Hamburger has led workshops and taught courses in schools, universities, art centers, museums, correctional facilities, and nonprofit organizations around the United States, as well as Bolivia, Thailand, and India. Hamburger has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and fellowships including the Orange County Arts Council Artist Grant, The Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Eckerd College, and First Place Prize in Orange County’s annual Plein Air Painting Event. Hamburger has attended artist residencies at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA, Sustainable Bolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Joshua Tree Highlands Residency in Joshua Tree, CA. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at locations including the Maryhill Museum of Art, Montpelier Arts Center, Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, and the Western Carolina University Art Museum. Hamburger’s work has been covered by Indy Week, The News and Observer, Voice of America, Tampa Bay Times, The Baltimore Sun,WYPR, and Baltimore Style Magazine. Hamburger is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University and teaches painting at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art.
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