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Opportunity for the Valley: Painting, Public Canvas, and Art History courses offered at UMFK for the community

August 8, 2011


Adjunct Visual Art Instructor, Therese Provenzano, M.F.A., will be teach three courses during UMFK’s 2011 fall session: Art 451 Painting, Art 302 Public Canvas: Art, Design and Social Change; and Art 100 Art History I. Whether you want to learn how the arts can bring a community together, develop skills as a painter, or develop art appreciation, each course is geared towards how the arts cater to our understanding of being human.

     Art 451 Painting, a hands-on studio course, where Provenzano focuses on the needs of each individual student. She emphasizes compositional elements, solves color-mixing problems, demonstrates methods for medium application, and develops ideas in painting. Students select one medium to work in for the course duration: pastels, watercolor, oil or acrylic. Provenzano teaches that approach determines the outcome. Works of selected contemporary artists are introduced as it relates to class projects. To encourage enrollment by members of the St. John Valley community, the pre-requisite: Art 200 is not required to complete prior to signing up for this course. Provenzano will waiver the pre-requisite Art 200. The course is open to all levels.
      Art 302 Public Canvas: Art, Design and Social Change, an on-line course that explores the new field approach of collaborative community arts and design practices. The course raises awareness of how the arts can address social, political, economic, and environmental issues by using the creative arts as a vehicle. Diverse community arts projects in Maine, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and other global areas are introduced and discussed.
     Art 100 History of Art I, an on-line survey course that introduces major premises and specific works of art from prehistory through early Renaissance. The focus is primarily on European art. The art of selected non-European cultures will be briefly introduced. The goal of the course is to gain an understanding of the visual language in a historical context. Students will also develop an understanding of how to identify and place works of art in a historical context.
    The deadline for registration is Monday, August 15. Please call 834-7823, to register or for further information.
     Provenzano also has taught at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Madawaska Middle High School. She studied with Lily Yeh, an activist in community arts and founder of Barefoot Artists. Provenzano earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and a Three-Year Certificate of the Fine Arts from the National Academy of Design School of the Fine Arts in New York.  

    The Woodmere Art Museum of Philadelphia awarded her the Edith Emerson Prize Award and the Metropolitan Museum and Art Center of Coral Gables, Florida awarded her the First Prize Award in the Arango International Design Competition. Provenzano was nominated for the Dedalus MFA Fellowship in Painting and for Excellent Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture for the International Sculpture Competition. She has exhibited her work in New York, Florida, Philadelphia, Vermont, and Maine.