AR 315: Special Topic in Art or Design: The Mural Workshop
UU 2013 HO
Professor of Art, Program Coordinator of Fine Art, Director Campanella Gallery
M.F.A. University of Missouri-Columbia, M.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City, B.F.A. Kansas City Art Institute
Alumni Hall, 4th floor, Room 31
In summer, by appointment
Home: 913-384-4419, Cell: 913-522-8801
June 4 - July 26, 2013
9:00 - 11:45 AM
AR140: Drawing I and AR280: Painting I, or by permission of the professor
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My educational philosophy regarding the
studio arts is based on the primacy of:
intensive studio practice--- art is labor intensive,
2. the creative process of play, that is, the
necessity of experimenting openly and
in unorthodox directions--which involves risk,
4. critical thinking—art as an intellectual
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
A research paper of approximately 6-10 pages, in which the student must
respond to a specific work of art in a museum or gallery setting. This
paper will be 20% of the final grade.
Please disregard the "Core Assessment" paper cited above.
will be graded on the quality of
your work. I will consider creativity (the originality of your
ideas), quantity of work and ideas,
and craftsmanship (neatness does
count in all areas of design).
Mural painting is, to a large degree, a
communal process rather than a private one.
So your contribution to the group effort will be a big aspect of
assessment. As the different mural projects develop we might decide to assign
each student a special area of responsibility, but the emphasis will be on the
team effort and individual accountability to the group.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
have reserved Alumni Hall's south studio (Room 35) for this class to use as “home base”. We
can equip and organize this space however we like. Here we can leave out our preliminary
studies, maquettes, cartoons, floor plans, etc.
we will be meeting elsewhere on campus at actual mural sites or on field trips
or errands. Sometimes we will be divided
and I will be moving between groups on
campus. A high degree of responsibility and autonomy will be necessary.
always in Alumni Hall the rule is: CLEAN
UP AFTER YOURSELF!
Take special care of our
antique plumbing. Do not pour plaster, paint
or glue down the sink. Scrape this stuff
into the trash. This is a communal
studio. Please take care of the space
and respect each others work areas and works in progress.
Availability: This studio is available to you 24 hours, 7
days per week.
Your name will be placed on
the Art Dept.’s Security List for this building. After hours call campus security to be
admitted to Alumni Hall. Be prepared to
show your Park ID and to cooperate with campus security officers at all
Safety in the Studio.
All solvents and any other flammable materials are to be kept in the
yellow fireproof cabinet. If you bring
any potentially dangerous substances into the studio, do so in the ORIGINAL
CONTAINER, show it to me and label it
clearly with your name for safe storage in the yellow cabinet. I must be sure accurate information is in our
MSDS (Materials Safety Data Sheets) notebook
which is outside my office door for you to consult.
If you are working in the studio late at night, lock
yourself in and call security
(the studio phone in the SW corner is for your use) to
let them know you are here.
Proper use of the power tools will be taught. Only use power tools when a buddy is
present. Always wear goggles.
Art supplies and equipment should be funded by the clients, with some
small contributions from stuff on hand in Alumni Hall and from the departmental
The two main things which you will need initially are your notebook/folder for your journal and a sketchbook and basic
drawing tools (drawing in how artists
Tentative Time-Line for the Mural Workshop:
INTRODUCTION: Week One, June 4, 5, 6, 7
_Campus tour of potential sites:
_Slide lecture/s surveying the history
of murals from the paleolithic to the present.
_Field trips (probably two) to a number of murals in
Kansas City including the
Wexford mural which the first Mural Workshop did in 2000.
video of the production of Eric Bransby’s fresco mural in the entry of the underground, The Spirit of Park College which
I helped produce in 1991.
MURAL SITES, TEAMS AND PRESENTATIONS: Weeks 2 and 3, June 11, 12, 13, 14 & 18, 19, 20, 21
_Analysis of sites (measuring, light sources,
surface character, traffic, vantage points, potential
_Choosing teams and projects.
_Preliminary meetings with clients (their
concerns, ideas, budgets).
_Research re wall preparation, equipment
needed (scaffolding?), priming, medium, varnishing,
_Consideration of the STYLE to be used to best
express the THEME. Murals
can be trompe l’oeil (fool the eye- realism), figurative, abstract,
non-objective, or, as with our Sol LeWitt installation, conceptual. Styles are visual languages.
_Developing palettes; that is the appropriate range of colors.
_Production of Presentation Materials to
serve as both a visual aide to the client and as a reference for us.
_Setting up our actual working areas.
MID-TERM WEEK: Week four, June 25, 26, 27, 28
_Formal presentations to clients. We might have more than one proposal for a given
site. The client would then choose. The team would support and help
execute whichever design is chosen.
responses? Approval? Compromises?
MURAL PRODUCTION: Weeks five, six & seven, July 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19. (No class on July 4.)
Please note that this
most critical phase is only 3 weeks, or just eleven regularly scheduled class sessions; thus outside time will be necessary.
_Paint and equipment is purchased, labeled,
_Work sites are established (scaffolding,
lighting, storage, etc.)
_Walls are primed.
_To-scale studies are gridded and the images
are transferred to the walls, or full-scale cartoons are
_Paint is mixed according to the palette
_Underpainting, if necessary is done.
_Main paint film applied from top down.
_Appropriate varnish applied.
_Documentation of the process kept and
_Additional lighting and labeling installed.
_Accounting of our monies/budgets.
FINAL PHASE: Week Eight, July 23, 24, 25, 26
_Presentation to client and campus and public.
_"Unveiling” ceremonies/ receptions?
_Our class self-evaluations and critiques of
Work outside of class:
most studio art classes the amount of time you find necessary to work outside
of class will vary from project to project and will depend on how aggressively
and effectively you use your studio “lab” time.
For most college studio classes, you should expect to spend a minimum of
one extra studio session outside of class, that is, about three hours each
week. Plan this time now.
For this class a great deal of outside class time work will
probably be necessary, especially as we get into the actual painting process
later in the semester. Coordinating our efforts
and schedules will require organization. We will post a list of each others' schedules and phone numbers to communicate with one another and we will maintain a studio sign-in list to keep track of who has been here when, etc.
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