Professor of Art
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.
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of visual art in general and drawing in particular. Focusing on perception, composition, line and materiality, students will draw from objects, the human figure, interior and exterior spaces, and from imagined sources. We will explore a variety of materials and work small and large scale. 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 work and life of an artist, will be a segment of this course. Students will be expected to maintain an 'active' sketchbook.
William Pope L., Yinka Shonibare, Ghada Amer, Gabriel Orozco, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Wangechi Mutu, Anish Kapoor, David Hammons, Louise Bourgeois, Jean Tinguely, El Anatsui, Hannah Hoch. Since the 1960s, the variety of an increasing choice of media has created more diverse working fields for artists. While this may make it easier for more artists to find areas of expression, it may also be more difficult for students to map their own artistic language. This course is designed for students who are starting to develop their own personality as artists. Experimenting with materials, techniques, and styles, on the basis of collective readings and written personal statements, will be central to this class. Readings, assigned slide-presentations and class discussions will be informed by the work of non-western contemporary artists. Students will be expected to complete assigned projects as well as independent projects outside of class time and to write and present one seminar paper.
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of painting, such as composition, value, and color. Students will learn about material and the technical issues of painting. Drawings will often be produced in tandem with paintings in order to illuminate visual ideas. We will work with water based and oil based paint on various surfaces. Besides creating individual paintings, students will collectively prepare and 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. The course will focus on the work of non-western contemporary artists and we will discuss historic work examples from a post-colonial perspective. Readings and one paper on an artist to be assigned will be part of this class. Assignments require students to work independently outside of class.
The significance of artistic practice aims beyond the artist's capability to create an illusion of reality. Art is teaching us to reinterpret the world and develop utopias. This course offers students to explore abstraction and non-representational painting and will also investigate the indistinct border between painting and installation art. Students are encouraged -through readings, digital image lectures, and assignments- to develop an individual approach to the subject matter. This course will address issues such as alternative methods of image making, composition and color theory, while exploring transcultural abstract art in its various manifestations. We will also investigate abstract art in relation to political activism. This course is open to students who completed a studio-art/film course on an introductory level in addition to an art theory course.
This course will introduce students to the practice and the appreciation of graphic expression. We will focus on studio work, class discussion, and critique, while exploring the role of drawing in contemporary art. Assignments will address drawing from objects, the human figure, various spaces, and imagination. Students will learn to work with traditional and unconventional resources, large scale, small scale, and no materials at all. The course is designed for students with little previous experience in drawing, but flexible enough to challenge Division II studio-art concentrators.
This course is going to explore the limits of painting. Students will create work within the ambiguous space between painting and installation art. Investigating the expressive potential alternative materials provide, students are going to advance their own relationship to composition, mark making and surface by integrating two dimensional and three dimensional decision-making within their own working practice. Through museum visits, demonstrations, slideshows, videos, and readings with a focus on non-western art, the course examines the historical and contemporary presence of painting installations. While assigned projects will help students navigate ways of translating these suggestions into their own work, there is a strong emphasis on producing work through experimentation and rigorous play.