A fine arts education

Karina Klindworth

Karina Klindworth '15
Global Communications
Art History and Fine Arts

One thing that sold me on transferring to AUP was not the fact that it was in Paris, but that there was a fine arts department. Having a devotion to artsy old-school photography, it was also a necessity that my university had a dark room and that I was able to still take art classes. I am majoring in global communications, so that I can get a job. I minor in fine arts so I can have that release of my creative passions. My education at AUP has not only developed my artistic scope but broadened it. I no longer just have a passion for photography but all forms of fine art.

In my first semester I took AR 1015 - Introduction to Painting with Ralph Petty. I had never painted before and was completely in the dark about the oil based paint medium. Given nothing but the bare essentials Ralph told me to paint. I did not know anything of technique and he did not give us a step by step guide. He simply said “paint.” Frustrated, confused and staring at the naked women posing in front of me I took a leap without a safety net and fell face first into the world of a painter.

I went from painting a lopsided unrealistic apple to dual canvas nudes and I ended up loving every aspect; from paints that ruin your clothes to the beauty of the female figure to the tedious miniature sketching of my ideas in pencil. Ralph taught me so much about myself as well as the amazing medium of oil painting in a way no one has ever done. He pushed me to new lengths and has made me curious about other mediums. He even got one of my painting published in the school’s Paris Atlantic publication.

Involving myself in the Fine Arts Department at AUP has been nothing but a brilliant experience that keeps getting better.
- Karina Klindworth

Last semester, I took AR 1020 Materials & Techniques of the Masters with Jonathan Shimony. Did you know the chemical formula to make rabbit skin glue? Twenty bucks says you don’t and you need to take this class. It is a whole new level of applied knowledge of art. The class literally breaks down an array of mediums to the molecular level, and all artists should know and comprehend it.

I feel like my work has so much more value because I appreciate why I need to layer my oil paint and how significant it is to properly make a canvas myself. I would not get this information anywhere else because most universities don’t offer anything even remotely like it. Plus I have a professor who can translate chemical formulas is a fun light hearted way so I actually understand the science of it all. Jonathan actually listens to students and applies what is taught to real life. He invites us to use his personal studio and even offers French toast after the long trek outside of Paris. I loved this course.

My AUP education is in the fine arts and I just can’t get enough. For the summer term I have registered for AR 1080 Drawing in Paris and next fall I will be taking a directed study in sculpture. Involving myself in the Fine Arts Department at AUP has been nothing but a brilliant experience that keeps getting better.

Karina Klindworth

Karina Klindworth '15
Global Communications
Art History and Fine Arts

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