Professor Robert Sweeney, who has been at the College for three decades, teaches Painting 1 and Drawing II, Fall Semester 2018. One of his favorite classes is basic painting. “I have to start from the absolute ground zero and I love that. Each year I teach the course, I basically am reinvented,” he says. “I’m a different painter this year than I was last year. I’m thinking about different things.”
Here at Fayerweather 101, the class is drawing a life model, and Sweeney talks to a student about their work.
Professor Robert Sweeney with his students in Painting I.
Sweeney with his students in his Drawing II class, reviewing their final project: life-size self-portraits. “Learning to draw or learning to paint is not about copying the surface,” he has written. “When you look at a painting you’re actually misled by the finished results. All of the other work is underneath, and that’s where the real discovery is to be made.”