UO Week in Photos: Still life on campus

Nathan Bergfelt concentrates while working on  his painting.
Nathan Bergfelt concentrates on a detail of his painting.

Students who take the intensive Drawing-Painting studio class during summer term are able to enjoy the twin luxuries of time and space.

The 18 students get to use both studios of Lawrence 151 and 161, where they can hang their work and not worry about putting it away after the end of every class, as they do during other terms, when multiple classes are taught in the studios.

“It’s more like a room you would have at an art school,” said associate art professor Ron Graff,  who has taught the class the last 15 or so years. This was his last summer teaching the course.

And because it’s an eight-credit class, students are in the studio four hours a day, four days a week for eight weeks — time to delve deeply into their art work.

”I’m learning a lot,” said Nathan Bergfelt, a digital arts major. “It’s giving me fundamentals I didn’t have before.”

Art major Chelsey Iida painted a landscape of an onion field at her familiy’s farm in Ontario, Oregon, as a present for her father. She had never painted before, and didn’t realize how different it was from drawing.

“The biggest thing I learned was how to look at things differently,” she said. “It’s one of my favorite classes I’ve taken at the UO.”

Student photographer Brinkley Capriola recently spent some time in the studio capturing the students at work.