One of the most amazing things about Shimer is the tutorial. This species of class is made up of one to three students and a facilitator. It can be on almost any topic imaginable, as long as there are works to read from and the facilitator is willing to have conversations about such things.
I lucked out this semester and got to take a truly unique tutorial with two of my classmates. Amanda Cadogan is teaching us oil painting for three hours every Friday.
We read theory and history from:
We learn techniques like "grisaille" (under-painting) and sketch throughout the week to work on our artistic abilities. Today I will show you a portion of an underpainting that I've done. I'll update you over the next few weeks as to how everything is working out:
There it is, my pillowcase drapery. Perhaps not the most invigorating of subjects, but it does help me to understand tone relationships. Obviously only part of the underpainting has been done, but I hope you can get a feel for what this will eventually look like.
I'll show you the (pretty much) finished product next week!