Daniel Kojo Schrade

Professor of Art
Hampshire College Professor Daniel Kojo Schrade
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Daniel Kojo Schrade, professor of art, studied in Germany and Spain. He received an M.F.A. from the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany.

His paintings and installations have been presented internationally, including at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo/Oaxaca-Mexico; Alliance Francais/Kumasi-Ghana; Haus der Kunst/Munchen-Germany; Muzej Grada/Rijeka-Croatia; and the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, MA. He has taught painting at the Kwame Nkrumah University/Kumasi-Ghana; the Academy of Fine Arts Munich; and the State Academy Rotenfels-Germany.

His work includes repeated motifs such as the "Afronaut" figure, and textual elements in the cycle entitled "Brother Beethoven," a series he started in 1999.

Daniel Kojo Schrade was a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College and has received grants and awards from the Cusanuswerk Foundation/Bonn-Germany, the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, and the District Government of Bavaria. His work is represented in various permanent collections such as those of the Museo de Cuenca/Spain; MACO/Mexico; the Bayerische Staatsgemaeldesammlung/Munich; Collection Diehl/Silvaplana-Swiss; and Collection Morat/Freiburg-Germany.

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Recent and Upcoming Courses

  • Thinking is Form will offer students concepts to evolve their drawing practice while addressing the complexity of graphical representation. Parallel to the exploration of the role of drawing in contemporary art, we will establish drawing/studio projects, studio practice, class discussions, and critiques. Assignments will address drawing from objects, the human figure, space, and imagination. Students will investigate traditional and unconventional resources, large scale, small scale, - and incorporeal working strategies. The course is designed for students with limited previous experience in drawing, but flexible enough to challenge Division II studio-art concentrators. Keywords: drawing, studio art, critical art theory

  • This course will focus on representational painting and collective, abstract work. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of painting, such as composition, light, and color. Students will learn about material and the technical matters of painting. Students will work with oil-based paint, experiment with water-based alternatives to acrylic mediums, and learn to prepare their own canvases. Besides creating individual paintings, students will collectively work on large-scale canvases. This course will develop from individual representational set-ups towards collective, abstract work. Regular class critiques will assist in examining formal composition principles. While we will discuss historic work examples from a post-colonial perspective, the course will focus on the work of contemporary non-western artists. Readings and artist presentations will be assigned. Assignments require students to work independently outside of class. Evaluation will be based on painting projects, participation in class discussions, critiques, and artist presentations. Keywords: painting, art, color, studio art.

  • This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of visual art in general and drawing, in particular. While focusing on perception, composition, line and materiality, students will draw from objects, the human figure, interior/exterior spaces, and from imagined sources. We will work with a variety of materials and challenge the limits of scale, by investigating the navigation of landscapes as accumulative, drawn lines. We will develop strategies to visualize histories, topographies, individual perspectives, and inner worlds embedded in landscape. Regular class critiques will assist in developing evaluation skills of work in progress, and in analyzing formal composition principles. Assigned readings and one research project, contextualizing the work and life of an assigned artist, will be as well a segment of this course. Students will be evaluated based on class participation, timely submission of assignments, and their artist presentation. Keywords: Drawing, Studio Art, Introductory, Foundation, Art.

  • Vagabonding Images invites students to investigate the indistinct borders between two-dimensional art and installation art through studio work. Assignments will emanate from drawing and painting. With a focus on abstraction and nonrepresentational studio art practice, students will learn to develop an individual approach to a subject matter through research, readings, films, and digital image presentations. While we examine visual art productions from a transcultural perspective, we will also engage in critical art theory and topics such as media diversity, materiality, and composition. Students will be required to present a collaborative artist presentation on an assigned artist. Student evaluation will be based on participation in studio sessions, class discussions, timely completion of assignments, and the artist presentation. Keywords: Studio-Art, Drawing, Painting, Multimedia, Critical-Art-Theory

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