Pictorial Composition with Dean Hartung
Monday–Wednesday, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Picture making sometimes gets lost in the quest to improve skills like drawing and painting—but what is more important than the impact your art makes from across a room? How do you attract the eye of a viewer, and make the viewer linger on your work? Fortunately, the more you learn about your compositional tendencies, the more you learn about yourself as an artist and about what you want to express in your work.
Are you an open-form or a closed-form artist? We'll find out. In order to understand the mechanics of picture making, it is necessary to analyze pictures. One effective method is to make analytical drawings of your own and others’ pictures. In the process of analyzing compositions, you will learn how to examine the separate components. Having done so, you will be able to begin constructing pictures in a more deliberate and meaningful way.
Dean Hartung studied at Kent State University in Ohio; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cleveland Institute of Art; and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He assisted Jack Beal on several large paintings, including the mosaic subway mural commission in NYC. Dean attended the La Napoule Art Foundation on a fellowship and was invited to paint at the Forbes Trinchera Ranch in Colorado. His paintings are in private and public collections. He has exhibited in a number of galleries and museums and has been commissioned to create several important murals, including nine murals for Montefiore Hospital and six murals for the Delaware County Courthouse. He has taught at several institutions including the New York Academy of Art, the National Academy of Design, Penn State University, Swarthmore College and Community College of Philadelphia. He received special recognition from the Ohio House of Representatives in 1998.