Course Code: ARS 111 • Study year: I • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Visual arts • Field of study: Sacred art
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: Romanian
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Cătălin Băluț
Seminar tutor: Cătălin Băluț
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Class / Seminary
Number of teaching hours per semester: 28
Number of teaching hours per week: 2
Semester: Autumn
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3

Course aims:

Formulation of cognitive pathways through the use of basic knowledge and recognition of concepts in the visual area.
Applying the necessary methods, techniques and creative tools in the use of the means of expression typical of the field of iconographic visual arts.
Elaboration of personal themes / projects in the field of painting, with all its valences, through the principles and methods established in the field.

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

The study of color for iconography analyzes from a chromatic point of view a series of practical notions such as: chromatic contrast, tonal chord, chromatic harmony, chromatic dominance, the rendering of form through color. Another important point of the course is the ability to observe, the ability and the decision to build chromatically following a naturalistic pictorial exercise.

Color for iconography

Foray into chromatology

Introduction to color theory-color circle, primary colors, secondary colors

Complementarity applied on a static nature

Warm colors / cool colors

Harmonies / disharmonies

Types of chromatic harmonies

Chromatic ranges


Color contrast

The significance of color in iconography / icon palette of practical application

Color rendering of the human figure

Perspective in artistic painting

Teaching methods:

lecture, debates, exemples, practical activities

Learning outcomes:

Competences in relating to the environment and culture through optimal transformation / assimilation of information and their processing / communication through iconographic language.

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

oral exam 50%, and implication in seminar practical activities 50%

Recommended reading:

Elena Ene D-Vasilescu, Heavenly Sustenance in Patristic Texts and Byzantine Iconography: Nourished by the Word, Springer Colecția Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, 2018, -.
Leslie Brubaker, Inventing Byzantine Iconoclasm, Bloomsbury Publishing Colecția Bristol Classical Press, London, 2012, -.
Nikola Vasilevich Pokrovsk, The Gospel in the Monuments of Iconography, Mostly Byzantine and Russian, SARASWATI PR, KOLHAPUR, 2012, -.