Painting in Literary Sevilla
Universidad de Sevilla
Area of Study
Architecture, History, Literature, Studio Art, Visual Arts
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewObjectivesUnderstand the city of Seville and its artistic heritage combining the literature ofSeville with the practical art of painting. To have a profound knowledge of a city andits heritage requires a very careful study of its most emblematic places. Painting givesone a greater vision of the city. We choose different techniques: pencil, charcoal,watercolor, and ink, etc. The students pass enjoyable sessions in the parks, plazas,streets and monuments of Seville, the Guadalquivir River, the Alcazar, the Barrio SantaCruz, taking time to study their subject, its form and history. They will get to know thecity, its hidden places and architecture like no other student can hope to do. At theend of the semester the students will have a fine collection of drawings and paintingswhich make great souvenirs and gifts for their friends and families. Also, they willacquire a great understanding of painting; perspective and composition which will helpthem appreciate art for the rest of their lives.MethodologyThe students make visits to the monuments, plazas and parks of Seville whiledrawing and painting. Every visit includes an introduction to the site, its history, itsarchitecture, its figures and legends. In each class the students learn aspects ofdrawing and painting: color, composition, etc. Classes are conducted in the classroomor outdoors. Every week we visit different locations. We will discuss the literaturerelated to each place, while we draw and paint.The classes are in chronological order to better understand the monumentalhistory of the city. We will start with the Romans by drawing in the ArcheologyMuseum. Then we study Islamic Seville. Then we look at medieval Seville at theCathedral. We search out themes from the Golden Age of Cervantes. We learn aboutRomanticism in the Maria Luisa Park.The students will read literary passages about Seville; the subjects that we paintand draw are related to the readings.Syllabus1. Theory.1.1. Basic pencil drawing.1.2. Composition: laying out an image.1.3. Perspective: drawing buildings in perspective.1.4. Water color painting: brush and wash control.1.5. Color theory: how to mix colors.1.6. Landscape painting.2. Practical. Visits to places of literary interest to draw and paint.2.1. Ancient Seville; the Archeology Museum.2.2. The Islamic Seville of the poet-king Al-Mu'tamid.2.3. Medieval Seville and "Romanceros"; the Barrio Santa Cruz.2.4. Seville in the Golden Age of Cervantes; City Hall; Archive of the Indies,the Guadalquivir River.2.5. Romantic Seville; Becquer, operas of Seville, Maria Luisa Park.2.6. Seville in the XXth C.; A. Machado y Luis Cernuda.MaterialsEvery student will purchase the following materials: a box of watercolor paints,two watercolor paintbrushes, a bottle of water and a cup, some pencils and an eraser,a drawing pad and some pens.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.