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Amy Beth Chan

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Art
Office location and address
McIntire Department of Art
179 Culbreth Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
MFA Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008
Biography

Amy Chan teaches Drawing at UVA as a foundational practice for all areas of concentration. Her methods focus on cultivating the skills of discipline, observation, critique and risk taking. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008.

Amy Chan's abstract paintings are visions of a natural world that has multiplied into the bizarre. Her multi-layered compositions extract imagery from nature specimens, decorative patterns and astronomy. Travel to unusual landscapes is an important part of her research and she has been Artist-in-Residence at Onoma Fiskars in Finland, the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming, Petrified Forest National Park and The Studios of Key West. Her work has been shown widely in galleries including Pierogi 2000, Wave Hill and The Washington Project for the Arts. She received a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2011 and a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in 2013.

ARTS 2000: Introduction to Studio Art
Credits: 3
An introductory course, divided into three segments, which serves as a prerequisite to all studio courses. In Drawing students will learn observational drawing and how visual thinking connects with the hand. The Conceptual segment will exercise creative problem-solving skills and teach students to engage in critical discourse. The Digital segment teaches basic technical skills and digital tools including still and moving image and sound.
ARTS 2559: New Course in Studio Art
Credits: 1–4
New course in the subject of studio art.
ARTS 2610: Drawing I
Credits: 3
A continued introductory study of the materials and techniques of drawing. Provides training in the coordination of hand and eye and encourages development of visual analysis. Emphasizes understanding form, space, light and composition. May be taken concurrently with ARTS 2000.
ARTS 2620: Drawing II
Credits: 3
Applies technical drawing skills to projects that delve into analytical thinking and idea-based work. Projects are designed to help students experiment and learn how to communicate meaning visually. Prerequisite: ARTS 2000 and ARTS 2610.
ARTS 2710: Introduction to Painting I
Credits: 3
Introduction to basic water painting techniques and materials (including acrylic, gouache, and water color), emphasizing perception and color. Assignments are designed to assist the student in understanding the creative process and interpreting the environment through a variety of subject matter expressed in painted images. Encourages individual stylistic development. Prerequisite: ARTS 2610 and either ARTS 2620, ARTS 2630, or ARTS 2632.
ARTS 2712: Introduction to Painting II
Credits: 3
Introduction to Oil-based painting. Prerequisite: ARTS 2610 and either ARTS 2620, ARTS 2630, or ARTS 2632
ARTS 3712: Intermediate Painting II
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: ARTS 2710, 2712.
ARTS 4450: Distinguished Major Project
Credits: 3
Intensive independent work using either sculpture, photography, printmaking, cinematography, or painting as the primary medium, culminating in a coherent body of work under direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Admission to the Distinguished Major Program.
ARTS 4452: Distinguished Major Project
Credits: 3
Intensive independent work using either sculpture, photography, printmaking, cinematography, or painting as the primary medium, culminating in a coherent body of work under direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Admission to the Distinguished Major Program. ARTS 4450 Prerequisite: Admission to the Distinguished Major Program.
ARTS 4712: Advanced Painting II
Credits: 3
Painting professors and course content vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: ARTS 3710 or ARTS 3712.
ARTS 4900: Advanced Project in Art
Credits: 1–4
Investigation and development of a consistent idea or theme in painting, sculpture, or the graphic arts. May be taken more than once under the same course number by students who are sufficiently advanced in studio work. This course is not intended to be used for major credit. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.