Special studies in painting as announced. A foundation in drawing is recommended. Winter 2020: Abstract Painting Abstract art tends to create a self-contained world. The abstract painting is a world unto itself. In this class we will stress art that has no discernable reference to things in the world. Abstract painters invent language-like styles out of parts derived from the formal aspects of painting: such things as color saturation, contrast, eye movements controlled by gestures and by intervals, and so on. Abstraction also includes attitudinal signifiers such as crisp tidy edges or thick paint, or the brushstroke, or the drip. Each student will learn to create an individual and original style, and will create a body of work, sufficient for an exhibition, in the individual style they have invented.