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Program of the Painting Studio XII

The program of this studio is based on the premise that the most important objective of art didactics is to care about the growth of students' individual relationship to art and their self-reliance in the discovery process of fine art subjects.

Painting is a domain of emotions, thinking and self-expression. It requires personal engagement, creativity and imagination, but also responsibility and self-criticism. The quality of artwork depends on the authenticity of the artist's creative motivation and thus on the truthfulness of his issue with the world. The pillars of the painting craft are: drawing competencies, sensitivity to colour, ability to formulate an artistic plan and knowledge of technique. The craft of painting is also based on an openness to new visual technologies, sensitivity to the iconographical layer of pictures, knowledge about classical and modern art, awareness of the need to redefine the notion of “picture” and that of deepening form in relation with the contemporary world.

The realisation of specific semester and annual tasks is connected to other kinds of activities, namely discussions, reading, meetings, artistic and scientific trips as well as outdoor sessions. Complementary to the program is participation in extra-curricular initiatives outside of the University and in public space projects that enrich the artistic standpoint with values of social commitment, personal non-profit and responsibility.
Prof. Janusz Marciniak

Themes for 2017/18

1. Own topic
Each student is invited to propose a number of their own topics, out of which together – by means of discussion – we will select two ideas to implement. This task serves to develop an independence in the search for, and choice of, artistic inspirations. Deadline of the first theme: November 6, 2017. Deadline of the second theme: December 13, 2017.

2. Studies of still life and a model

Exercise of the skill of observation and sense of form. Year-round theme.

3. The mystery of realization
Propose a painting, the most important goal of which will be to develop an interesting artistic effect, own method of the use of paint and the application of drawing, such that it would not be easy to recognize the technique by the audience. The aim of this work is to develop artistic and technical invention. Deadline: January 8, 2018.

4. Responsibility
Based on the Krzysztof Wodiczko's text below*, propose a painting with a political aspect. The task serves to develop a committed artistic attitude. Deadline: February 13, 2018.

5. Mural design
Design a mural in collaboration with a colleague from our studio. Location of the mural: the wall separating courtyard of the building F from the Jesuits Church. The theme should correspond with the place. Exercise in artistic collaboration. Deadline: March 7, 2018.

6. Humor
Present a few painting ideas that will be a sign of humor, and also an interesting visual concept, and realize a chosen project. The aim is to develop artistic intelligence and the ability to use painting for free expression on a variety of, not necessarily serious subjects, although joking and humor are... a serious thing. Deadline: March 19, 2018.

7. Iconosphere and language of painting

The ikonosphere is, according to SJP, „a whole body of images, views, visual experiences typical for some place, for a period, or a culture.” Realise a painting inspired by modern computer graphics, gameplay, or filmmaking in new visual technologies. The goal is to develop the ability to respond to new visual stimuli and to expand the language of the painting. Deadline: April 4, 2018.

8. Simplicity
Propose several projects of paintings in the minimalist form, but emanating the mood by color and light. Realise the selected projects. The task is to experience how difficult simplicity and expression of mood is. Deadline: April 25, 2018.

Project consultations, discussions, presentations, projections, meetings, exhibitions. Festival of Science and Art, 10th Encounter of Art and Social Activities in Rybojady, Night of Museums 2018.

*TEXT BY KRZYSZTOF WODICZKO  
„Nuclear weapons are the greatest environmental danger to the planet from humans, not global warming, or ozone depletion”
Alan Robock (Climate scientist and author of Climatic Consequences of Nuclear Conflict)

Global Warming and Nuclear Weapons
The process of global warming and related threat of the environmental and human catastrophe reaches alarming level. The increasing probability of nuclear war that poses catastrophic threat to environment and humanity is reaching alarming level as well. We can and must stop depletion of Earth’s ozone, and prevent global warming. We also can and must eliminate atomic weapons, and prevent nuclear war. Life on our planet is threatened by vast industrial emissions and by the lack of effective political actions against it despite a raising environmental consciousness. Life on our planet is threatened however even more by the absence of public interest, imagination, awareness and alertness toward the real danger and impact of nuclear conflict, a remarkable passivity in face of the continuing proliferation of atomic weaponsand the daily open threat of their use. Nuclear world conflict predicted by recent simulation studies “would produce a massive smoke effecting great ozone losses, causing 20-year-long winter and a worldwide famine - a mass extinction event similar to what happened 65 million years ago when 70% of species became extinct, including all animals greater than 25 kilograms in weight)”. ** Even if some parts of human populations survive nuclear war attacks, the radioactive pollution of food and water supply would gravely supplement massive smoke impact. The results would be the death of hundreds of millions or billions of people, other species and the rest of living environment. Nuclear weapons and global environmental pollution are the two human- coused dangers threatening the survival of our planet and our humanity.

The stopping and reversing the global warming and raising sea level is as much an imperative as stopping a nuclear weapons proliferation, their total elimination and ultimately -- universal abolition of war. These are two sides of the same ecological agenda. For our civilization to survive and grow we need our planet to become pollution free and nuclear war-free. To save humanity we must join our ecological and disarmament agenda and actions and pursue them as parts of one and the same environmental project.

Larger understanding of the ecology and sustainability must include the understanding of reality of potential outbreak of nuclear war, of its mortal consequences to humanity and the development of new ways to engage passions and actions – doing something about it. This demands greater mobilization of political and legal process, but most importantly, it is an urgent cultural, pedagogical and artistic project in which the people of all social cultural professional strata must join. This is a complex intellectual and emotional agenda involving the development of new imagination, perception, motivation and engagement. Artists too, must find new forms and methods and means of expression and communication, and of new metaphoric articulation to explore, provoke, inspire and assist in such larger sustainability agenda.

Krzysztof Wodiczko
A recipient of the 4 th Hiroshima Art Price
August 6, 2017, Vinahaven.

** http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2699854/Life-nuclear-war-revealed-Computer-models-reveal-Earth-suffer-20-year-long-winter-worldwide-famine.html#ixzz4oqkfaviR

Recommended reading 
Daniel Aresse, On n'y voit rien. Descriptions 
Alain Badiou, L'Éthique 
John Berger, Ways of Seeing 
Zygmunt Bauman, Liquid Times: Living in an Age of Uncertainty
Pierre Bourdieu, Raisons pratiques. Sur la théorie de l’action
Józef Czapski, L'oeil, essais sur la peinture
Jacques Derrida, La Vérité en peinture 
Didi-Huberman, Devant l'image: questions posées aux fins d'une histoire de l'art 
Didi-Huberman, Écorces
Wiesław Juszczak, Zasłona w rajskie ptaki
Emmanuel Lévinas, Difficile liberté 
Piotr Piotrowski, Toward a Horizontal Art History 
Susan Sontag, On Photography 
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others
David Sylvester, Interviews With Francis Bacon: The Brutality of Fact
Krzysztof Wodiczko, City, Democracy and Art


Themes for 2016/17

1. Nature (A self-portrait)
The studies of light and colour based on a self-portrait. The development of artistic sensitivity and abstract thinking. Learning the notions: composition, visual structure of an image, form, value contrast, colour contrast, texture, matter, mass, proportion. Deadline: December 20, 2016. 

2. The One Who Falls Down 
Sławomir Mrożek’s short story The One Who Falls Down as a painterly inspiration. Deadline: December 20, 2016.  

3. Choice
Propose over a few projects of paintings on a subject of your choice. Realisation of 3 projects (minimum). Deadline: April 15, 2017.

4. No Choice
A realisation of one motif/subject given by another person from our group . Deadline: December 20, 2016.

5. Composition with a letter or a numeral
To create an abstract composition with a letter or a numeral. The realisation will be preceded by a lecture about lettering and the meaning of the abstract thinking in painting. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

6. Drawing
“Drawing is not the same as form; it is a way of seeing form” (Edgar Degas). Drawing is more important than painting ... Create a painting that will be ... a drawing. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

7. Refugees
Refugees as a subject of painting. Learn the iconography of this subject. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

8. The Shock Doctrine
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein as a painterly inspiration. This is an important and courageous voice of the world in which we live, and convincing critique of neoliberalism.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA736oK9FPg Deadline: April 15, 2017.

9. Memory work and painting
Would it be possible to use art for this purpose (memory work)? Create a painting or cycle of paintings based on a motif of the destroyed synagogue building in Poznań. “The New Synagogue building in Poznań is a unique memorial of the Holocaust, the largest one in this part of Europe. It was a synagogue between 1907 and 1939. In 1941, its exterior and interior ripped, the Nazis converted it into a swimming pool. The question of a swimming pool in the synagogue was subject of much public debate. In September 2011, after 70 years, the swimming pool was closed because of the poor technical condition of the building.” More on http://www.januszmarciniak.pl/synagogue Deadline: April 15, 2017.

10. Presentations
A cycle of one-day individual presentations in our studio: an exercise in the arrangement of an exhibition and a public presentation, and a practical lesson in documenting of work. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

11. Diary (or a blog)
Run a diary or a blog to record thoughts, ideas, notions, intentions, opinions etc. All for development of the ability of auto-commentary. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

Open Projects
20th Poznan Science and Art Festival 2017
9th Encounter of Art and Social Activities / Empathy 2017
Night of Museums / Night of Studios 2017 

Each new topic will be preceded by an introduction and discussion. New students may also choose themes from the lists published in previous years (see below). 


Themes for 2015/16

1. Studies
The studies of light and colour (still life, nude, self-portrait). The development of artistic sensitivity and abstract thinking. Learning the notions: composition, visual structure of an image, form, value contrast, colour contrast, texture, matter, mass, proportion, scale, expression, symbolic and literary references in painting. Discussion on work based on observation of nature. Deadline: October 28, 2015.

2. Contemplation
Painting as a contemplation of being. Try to express the passing of time, silence and mood in a few paintings. The importance of aesthetics. Remember that aesthetics (and a quality of formal solution) makes motifs important in artistic and ethical sense. Deadline: December 16, 2015.

3. Compassion and Empathy
Painting as a form of compassion, empathy and an intervention in concrete matters (e.g. xenophobia, solitude, violence, etc.). Deadline: January 13, 2016.

4. Utopia and Dystopia
To create a painting that will be inspired on a vision of future world (an utopia or dystopia). A reflection on the relationship between art and utopia(nism). There is an alternative to the dystopia we currently live in? Discussion on future. Deadline: February 24, 2016.

5. One colour
Try to design a painting installation or an painting object devoted to one colour. Discussion on painting as an open medium. Deadline: March 16, 2016.

6. Your choice
Propose a few projects of paintings on a subject of your choice. Realisation of 3 projects (minimum). An exercise in conceptual work. Discussion on the design of paintings and visual acts. Deadline: April 13, 2016.

7. Diary of an artist
Run a diary or a blog to record thoughts, ideas, notions, intentions, opinions etc. All for development of the ability of auto-commentary.

Open Projects
An outdoor session in Trzciel
19th Poznan Science and Art Festival 2016
8th Encounter of Art and Social Activities / Work about Work 2016
Night of Museums / Night of Studios 2016

Presentations
A cycle of one-day individual presentations in our studio: an exercise in the arrangement of an exhibition and a public presentation, and a practical lesson in documenting a work. March-May 2016. 


Themes for 2014/15

1. Study
The studies of light and colour (still life and nude). The development of artistic sensitivity and abstract thinking. Learning the notions: composition, visual structure of an image, form, value contrast, colour contrast, texture, matter, mass, proportion, scale, emotional expression, symbolic and literary references in painting. Discussion on work based on observation of nature. 

2. Idiom
Thinking through your eyes. Express your feelings about an event that moved you recently. Search your own form of expression – a personal idiom. 

3. Newspaper
The newspaper as an inspiration for painting. A text as an image and an image as a text. 

4. Anarchy
Painting as a field of anarchy. “Anarchism has long had an association with the arts, particularly in music and literature.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchism_and_the_arts Discusion on the relationship between art and politics.

5. Quotation
To create a painting with a quotation from a painting by Zaha Hadid or Pablo Picasso, Paula Rego and Gerhard Richter. A painterly dialogue with one of these artists. 

6. Game
To create a painting that will be based on a visual game of abstract components. Discussion on abstract art. 

7. Diary of an artist
Run a diary or a blog to record thoughts, ideas, notions, intentions, opinions etc. All for development of the ability of auto-commentary.  

8. Your choice
Propose a few projects of paintings on a subject of your choice. Realisation of 3 projects (minimum). An exercise in conceptual work. Discussion on the design of images and visual acts. 

Open Projects
An outdoor session in Trzciel  
18th Poznan Science and Art Festival 2015
7th Encounter of Art and Social Activities / Invention 2015
Night of Museums / Night of Studios 2015

Presentations
A cycle of one-day individual presentations in our studio: an exercise in the arrangement of an exhibition and a public presentation, and a practical lesson in documenting a work. 


Themes for 2013/14

1. Studies
The study of light and colour (still life and nude). 

2. Your choice
Propose a few projects of paintings on a subject of your choice. Realisation of 3 projects (minimum). An exercise in conceptual work. Discussion on the design of images and visual acts. 

3. Text
Text as an inspiration for painting. To choose a fragment of book from our reading list (Recommended reading) and transfer this text (as subject and matter) into a painting. 

4. Time
A painterly reflection on the notion of time. “Remember that painting is something different than other media, and especially - new media. Here we go back to Walter Benjamin of course, mechanical image and so on. But painting is more specific than that. And every medium in art history has its specificity. It could be perceived as belatedness but I actually see it as the depiction of time in a different time, which is a ‘painted time’. And painted time does not have very much to do with the idea of belatedness but rather with a cognitive image. I work with time, over time and through time.”

5. Decalogue
To choose (at random) one of the Ten Commandments and shall treat it as a subject of painting. 

6. Diary of an artist
Run a diary or a blog to record thoughts, ideas, notions, intentions, opinions etc. All for development of the ability of auto-commentary. 

7. Cooperation
To prepare a project of painting or an art ‘action’ that will be based on cooperation with others (artists and non-artists). Discussion on an individual work and cooperation in art.

Open Projects
An outdoor session in Trzciel (16-20/10/2013)
6th Encounter of Art and Social Activities / Ecology (26/04-3/05/2014)
Night of Museums / Night of Studios 2014 

Presentations
A cycle of one-day individual presentations in our studio: an exercise in the arrangement of an exhibition and a public presentation, and a practical lesson in documenting a work. 


Themes for 2012/13

1. Studies

The study of light and colour (still life and nude).

2. Structure
Create an abstract or figurative image in which the most exposed feature will be its visual geometric structure. Select excerpts from Letters of Paul Cézanne about the role of geometry of the image and discuss this during the studio seminar. 

3. Your choice

Propose a project of paintings on a subject of your choice. Realisation of 3 projects. An exercise in conceptual work. Discussion on the design of images and visual acts.

4. Fragment

To present a part of any free selected object in a way that prevents easy identification of this object in a work. 

5. Painting and Music

To choose a piece of music and carry out its artistic interpretation. In this task the one picture format (horizontal) is obligatory for all: 50 x 100 cm. 

6. Painting and History

To paint a picture relating to particular social or political events. Discussion on art engaged in politics and social issues. 


Open Projects

Completion of work on the Agora project (outdoor session, action and exhibition in Trzciel)
5th 
Encounter of Art and Social Activities / Memory
Night of Museums / Night of Studios 2013


Presentations

A cycle of one-day individual presentations in our studio: an exercise in the arrangement of an exhibition and a public presentation, and a practical lesson in documenting a work.



Themes for 2011/12


1. Studies 
The study of light and colour (still life and nude). 

2. Choice of subject
Propose a projects of paintings on a subject of your choice. Realisation of 3 projects. An exercise in conceptual work. Discussion about the design of images and visual actions.

3. City / SpecifiCity
Create a painting or cycle of paintings based on an independent choice of a city motif that will be an expression of specificity of Poznan. Discussion of the visual and social structure of the city.

4. A painting within a painting 
Paint a painting within a painting (painting as element of other painting). Learn the iconography of this subject and historical examples before realisation. Propose a painting in a painting within a reasonable and convincing artistic form.

5. Painting and place
To create a painting designed for a specific and actual place, to provide (in writing) reasons for the choice of the place and the painting's form.

6. An intervention
Painting as an attempt to intervene in concrete social matters/problems (e.g. homelessness, drug addiction, solitude, violence). The realisation of this subject should be related to the idea of exposition of the picture or pictures in public space. Discussion about art in public space.

7. Text and painting
Text as an inspiration for painting. Each student will choose a book and transfer it into a painting. Discussion about the relationship between word and image.

Absurdities of law (Open Project)
Cooperation on a group project work against the appropriation of cultural heritage and the absurdities of copyright. Analysis of the situation in Poland. Examples of blatant abuse. Work on the script of group artistic and social activity.
Noam Chomsky: “The patent protection has now gone so far that it inhibits progress and destroys competition. (..) You can try to imagine what, for example, the automotive industry would look today if a monopoly on the production of internal combustion engines belonged to those first built this engine and patented it? A modern patent law guarantees such a monopoly. The conquest of the world by the West has been going on continuously since the fifteenth century. Today, globalization is just another form of this conquest. (...) The market is a joke! The market is a has been. You need to quickly realize this! For a hundred years now a true market has been in decline. One hundred years ago, British courts granted corporations the legal subjectivity that people have. Then it went further. Today, corporations can much more than me or you, and they are much better protected by law. Moreover, the law encourages them to act in a pathological way. They have a duty to maximize profits. This is their most important goal. If a human being behaved like than, we would think of it as pathology. Moreover, corporations have been condemned to hypocrisy. They can do something good for others only when it fosters the creation of their image. And what is worse, this style of corporate governance and hypocritical and extremely interested thinking infects ordinary people”. Source: polityka.pl, 6 lipca 2004

Agora / An outdoor session in Rybojady and Trzciel (Open Project)

The market / agora is an important place here, as in ancient Greece it was the political and religious centre, a place for an exchange of information and ideas. Democracy was born on the agora. We return to the market in Trzciel to remind the residents of Trzciel about this via an art action. Revitalizing the market, we want to revitalize its people and through individual students’ works in the factory and the town’s public space we want to provoke aesthetic and social thinking.

Presentations
A cycle of one-day individual presentations in our studio: an exercise in the arrangement of an exhibition and a public presentation and a practical lesson in documenting a work.


Themes for 2010/11

1. Studies 
The study of light and colour (still life and nude).

2. Composition with a letter

To create a composition with a letter. The realisation will be preceded by a lecture about lettering and the meaning of the abstract thinking in painting.

3. A two-sided image
To find a reason for the creation of a two-sided image. Discussion about a notion of image.

4. Photograph
Photograph as a painter's inspiration. To create a painting based on a photograph (photo must be made individually). To find a reasonable (in an emotional and intellectual way) cause of creation of work based on a ‘personal’ photograph. 

5. Choice of subject
Propose a projects of pictures on a subject of your choice. Realisation of 3 projects. An exercise in a conceptual work. Discussion about the design.

6. Painting as a social intervention
Painting as an intervention in concrete matters (e.g. homelessness, drug addiction, solitude, violence, etc.). The realisation of this subject should be related to the idea of exposition of this work in a selected public space. Discussion about art and ethics.

7. Ukiyo-e
The study of a chosen motif of landscape. To connect synthesis and the attempt to express mood. Discussion on painting and contemplation (based on examples of a Japanese woodcut – “pictures of the floating world” (ukiyo-e).

Open Project
The Painting Studio XII in the Poznań Night of Museums 2011

Presentations
A cycle of one-day individual presentations in our studio. An exercise in the arrangement of an exhibition and a public presentation. Also a practical lesson in a documentation of work.

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