A five-week course in watercolor that combines
the painting of the Ticinese landscape with the study of the water colors
and writings of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Herman Hesse.
The course concentrates on instruction in watercolor techniques, composition
and use of color with an emphasis on the development of the student's creativity
and powers of observation. It also includes lectures on Hesse, readings
and discussions of his works, a visit to the Herman Hesse Museum in Montagnola,
field trips to the historic villages of Agra and Gentilino and on-location
painting of the countryside of Ticino.
to paint the landscape of Ticino with watercolors,
as did Hesse when he lived there.
to use the watercolors and writings of Hesse as sources
of personal inspiration.
to develop skill in the use of watercolor as an expressive
Although prior experience in painting with watercolors is not required,
such experience, and especially a knowledge of basic drawing, is highly
recommended. The course could be made available to the general public as
well as to regular undergraduates.
TEXTS AND SOURCES:
Herman Hesse. Klingsor’s Last Summer. Wandering. Other
Hesse writings as appropriate. Also, the recently published Herman Hesse,
pittore. (Mazzota) with texts by Volker Michels, Heiner Hesse, Herman
Hesse, Ambrosio Pellegrini, Ferruccio Massini. The book is scheduled to
appear in English in the Spring of 1998.
J. Michael Keating
artist and Instructor of Art, Sierra College, Rocklin, California.