Prof. Susanne Kühn

Class for Painting

Class Prof. Kühn, Jahresausstellung 2016

Ausstellung Auf AEG, Class Prof. Kühn

Lucia Schmuck, class meeting

Lisa Wenk, class meeting

breakfast, Klasse Prof. Kühn

Klasse Prof. Kühn, excursion Villa Concordia

Class Prof. Kühn, excursion, Venedig Biennale 2017 participating in the Biennale Sessions

Painting cannot be reduced to gestural markings on a canvas, nor to the medium of colour and its form. Above all, painting is a creative process.


A picture shows the content which has been selected for appreciation; the artistic languages and symbols into which the painterly markings are translated; whether and how the painting relates to its social context, which emotions are involved and how colour as a visual impression of light expresses complex thought processes and sense perception.


These core aspects only become a process based on the temporal sequence of painterly markings. Each of these markings depends on the artist’s creative and reflective thought processes and subjective attitude, their personal values having evolved through engaging with their environment.


So what practical significance does the painting process have in the creation of a picture? For instance, how can we still paint landscapes or portraits when countless artistic forms of expression (abstract, representational and so forth) have already been applied to these subjects? What possibilities do we have when painting a landscape or figure which transforms the picture into an artwork with a specific locational or temporal relevance?


In my class, I seek to foster students’ awareness of this fascinating and extremely open creative process of painting and to consciously apply it.


By communally analysing the creative process of the students’ works, letting them explore their own interests and preferences in terms of creative form, medium and content, learn and experiment with painting techniques and forms of expression, and by continuously developing the concept of painting in the dimensions of the present real and virtual world, the class becomes a platform for which the finished picture is not only the product of painterly creation, but more importantly, the discussion which it kindles.


In our class meetings we regularly show the students’ works in simulated exhibition situations in our rooms and discuss them in the light of artistic strategies, art history and contemporary positions, and autobiographical texts. Personal interviews take place to analyse works in depth and provide important stimuli for further development.


Exhibition projects, designing the class website, guest artists and study trips provide a basis for students to think about the orchestration of their own works and develop their own personal approach to balancing sensory presence and intellectual concept.



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Das Studium an der AdBK Nürnberg ist im Klassenverband organisiert, der alle Studierende unabhängig ihrer bereits absolvierten Semester eint. Die durchlässigen Klassenstrukturen ermöglichen den Studierenden im Rahmen der Lehre eine freie und selbstständige Entwicklung. Im offenen Diskurs werden die geschaffenen Werke der Studierenden zu regelmäßig stattfindenden Klassentreffen besprochen und diskutiert.

Die Fachrichtungen an der AdBK Nürnberg teilen sich in angewandte und freie Bereiche auf. Während die Klassen für Freie Kunst / Gold- und Silberschmieden und Grafik-Design / Visuelle Kommunikation zu den angewandten Künsten zählen, gehören die übrigen Klassen der freien Kunst an. Das Lehramtsstudium Kunst als Doppelfach kann in allen freien Klassen absolviert werden.

Mit dem postgradualen Studiengang „Künstlerisches Handeln im öffentlichen Raum“ bietet die AdBK Nürnberg eine weiterführende Ausbildung an, die sich an Interessenten mit einem bereits abgeschlossenem Studium richtet.

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