Painting Architecture and Built Environments (F22-OL)

Instructor: Mike Howat

Built spaces are everywhere and are an important element in representational painting and drawing. In this course you'll learn the fundamentals of painting and drawing architecture and built environments--from interior spaces, to windows, houses, and cityscapes. You'll explore the basics of linear perspective and creating light and shadow to make your work feel luminous as well as spatial. Ideas in warping or changing the viewpoint through perspective will also be explored. There will be plenty of room to explore your subject matter of choice within the context of architecture. Some painting and drawing experience is recommended, but the fundamentals of painting and drawing will be covered for any beginners who are eager to learn.  Click here for a Materials list.


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Mike Howat is a New Hampshire-based painter and printmaker. His work explores themes of urbanization, Americana and collective memory. Since earning his B.F.A. from New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2014, he has been actively engaged in the growing New England art scene. He exhibits regularly with Kelley Stelling Contemporary and Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, and has shown with Chase’s Garage, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Nahcotta, among others. He is the current artist-in-residence at Kimball Jenkins School of Art, where he teaches classes and workshops in painting, printmaking and drawing.