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UT Dallas Syllabus for arts2316.001.08f taught by Margaret Belcher (meb025000)

UT Dallas Syllabus for arts2316.001.08f taught by Margaret Belcher (meb025000)

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Course Syllabus
Course Information

ARTS 2316.001
Fri. 1:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Fall 2008

Professor Contact Information

Betsy Belcher
o ffice hours: in classroom, before or after class (or by arrangement)

Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions
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Course Description

While introducing the fundamentals of materials and technique, this class will explore painting as
a means of expression for each individual. Classroom assignments, demonstrations, slide
lectures and critiques will all be used to develop the observational skills and intellectual
questioning necessary to create an effective, satisfying work of art.

Additionally, the class aims to give the student insight into the use of color in painting and to provide some understanding of the critical and technical vocabulary of painting. The student may also arrive at a fuller understanding of concept, content and creative process.

Students will be given a series of assignments exploring a range of traditional and contemporary subject matters for painting. Potential subjects include still-life, self-portraiture, and landscape, as well as some less familiar sources of imagery relating to non-representational and abstract art. The practice of painting is undertaken with a wide variety of motivations, intentions and imagery, all adding up to a unique combination for each artist.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes

Students will be given a sequence of assignments to develop an understanding of painting, through
exposure to both the technical and intellectual demands of the discipline. Working primarily
from direct observation, classroom work will stress learning to see, to control materials and to gain
insight into the creative process.

1. Cultivate each student\u2019s ability to observe closely & carefully: to translate seeing into painting.
2. Introduce students to the vocabulary necessary to talk about paintings.
3. Begin to shape students' ability to discuss and analyze the structure and meaning of paintings.
4. Expose students to the variety of techniques and approaches used by painters historically and in
contemporary practice.
5. Allow students to investigate their ability to communicate through the creative means of
painting and introduce them to the notion of a visual language.
6. Develop the student\u2019s facility and familiarity with the practical aspects of painting.

Required Textbooks and Materials

It is each student\u2019s responsibility to purchase the supplies necessary to complete the work for this class. A supply list will be provided on the first day of class. These materials will be discussed at that time. Please bring all necessary supplies to the second class and be prepared to work.

Materials will be available at Asel Art Supply as a discounted package. Other materials are
available at other art supply stores, hardware stores, and office supply stores. Some supplies will
be available at the campus bookstore. The instructor requires that you buy all the necessary
supplies and come equipped to work effectively. She cannot provide these for you.

instructor has worked to keep the material costs reasonable.
Lockers are available in the studio area for storing supplies. Students must provide their own
locks. Sharing a locker will be necessary.
Assignments & Academic Calendar
Discussion: materials, studio procedures, class policies, overview of projects. Supply list given.
First assignments explained.

Color terminology, color theory and color schemes in painting. Value scales, tints, shades, color
wheels. Using paint, paint qualities, setting up your palette. Work in class (assignments due
at end of class on 9/12). Prepare canvas for first painting.

Discussion of composition and structure. Setting up to paint. Begin limited-palette still-life
painting in class (first painting).
Review and discussion of color assignments. Work in class. Complete first painting.
Critique of first paintings (due at start of class). Analogous color-scheme painting: begin in class.
Analogous color-scheme painting: work in class.
Analogous color-scheme painting: work in class. Last class day for assignment. (Cropped-image
project homework given \u2013 due 10/10).

10/10 Analogous color-scheme still-life: critique at beginning of class (due for grading). Review of
homework assignment. Cropped image painting: begin work in class, if time allows. Demo of
transfer and projection for cropped images.

10/17 Cropped image painting: work in class.

10/24 Cropped image painting continues. Self-portrait assignment given with slide presentation (your plan, studies or preparatory sketches are due next week). Discussion of alternative and traditional supports and preparation of painting supports.

10/31 Review ideas for self-portrait assignment. Begin work on project when previous painting is
complete. Cropped image painting is due FOR CRITIQUE at the beginning of next class.

Critique of cropped-image painting at start of class. Self-portrait painting: work in class.
11/14 Work in class on self-portrait. Instructions given for alla prima painting (next week)
11/21Alla prima painting done in class (discussed in final critique).
11/23 Self-portrait painting: work in class. This is the final in-class day for painting. There is no class

next week, owing to Thanksgiving holiday. ABSOLUTELYNO extra credit-type work, make-up
work, or late work will be accepted after today!
Final exam day! Last two paintings due and discussed in class. Semester review.
Grading Policy
Grades will be based on the following criteria \u2013
1. Attendance. Arrive on time, set up to work and clean up afterward.
2.Successful, on-time completion of all assigned projects. All late work will be subject to a
deduction of one full grade mark (a B will become a C) for every week it is late. This applies to
homework as well as paintings done during classtime.
3. Participation in critiques, group evaluations and classroom discussions.
4. Creative problem-solving, intellectual growth, willingness to experiment, effort expended in
research for self-directed projects, and a clear attempt to achieve goals. These are YOUR paintings.
Don\u2019t be afraid of them. Have the nerve to ruin them.
5. One extra-credit project will be offered to improve your grade. Remember that your extra
credit project can only improve one grade by one mark (you may turn a B into a B+, for example).
Extra credit work must be completed in accordance with the written instructions provided by the
instructor.I will not accept extra credit work that does not conform to these instructions.
6. Deductions will be taken for excessive absences and chronic tardiness.Active participation in
class and an interest in finding out more about painting (at local museums, galleries and the
excellent resources of our library) will be an added benefit to your grade.
7. Each painting or project is graded individually after a class evaluation and discussion. These

grades will be averaged and will count for approximately 85% of the final grade. Homework and
preparatory work are the basis of other grades, amounting to approximately 15% of the final grade.
Attendance, participation in discussions, and making an effort to improve your technique and
analytical skills are indispensable and are essential to doing well in the class.

A ssigned grades will be based on standard measures:
A Work shows a superior attempt to develop skills and understand concepts; a strong commit-

ment is evident. Surpasses minimum requirements with innovative and thoughtful solutions to assignments. Willing to spend time necessary to do work of a high standard. Participates in discussions, shows interest in ideas, critical thinking and inquiry. All work is completed on time.

B Student shows a good to above-average improvement in skill and very strong effort overall.

All work is completed on or before deadlines, and participation in critiques and discussions
displays an ongoing interest in ideas and concepts relevant to painting. Work is well considered
and attention is paid to craftsmanship.

C An average effort is made. Shows some improvement in skills and understanding. Meets

assignment guidelines. Lack of effort and care are evident in the quality of finished work and
presentation. Projects usually completed by date due. Verbal contribution is small. Little work
done outside of class.

D Poor attempt at completing course assignments. Little attention shown to developing skills
or craft. Small interest in ideas/concepts introduced. Work is sloppy and not completed by due
date. Little work done outside of class. Chronic tardiness/absence interfere with class work.
F Finished work not presented for critiques and assignment deadlines ignored. Lack of effort,
craft or skill, and little attention is paid to thinking through assignments. Chronic absence or
tardiness interferes with completion of assignments.
Course & Instructor Policies
Attendance is essential. All students are expected to arrive on time, ready to work. Working for
the duration of the class period is necessary in order to complete all the assignments required for
the class. Class discussions, lectures and critiques are required activities.
Studio work outside of classtime is expected and is part of the required course work.An ticip ate

that you will spend at least as much time working outside of class each week as you spend in class
time every week. If you cannot complete your paintings in class, you should plan for times to
work in the studio during the week. The studio is open and available during much of the week.

Each student is allowed one (1) unexcused absence during the semester. Unexcused absences can
have a serious adverse affect your grade. Every absence beyond the first two will result in an
automatic reduction of your final grade.Each additional absence will lower your final grade

by one mark. For example, if you have three absences, a B will become a C, or if you have four, your B will become a C. Absences in excess of three (3) are not acceptable and will lower your grade significantly. If you have a scheduling problem or other issues, please let me know NOW! More than 5 absences will give you an F. This is not negotiable.

Chronic tardiness will also count against your grade. I will note late arrivals and departures. Two (2) late arrivals or departures (10 minutes or more) will count as one absence. Please be aware that tardiness is extremely rude behavior. Be on time.

It is the responsibility of each student to contact another student for information regarding missed
assignments. If you are uncertain about details need further explanation, email me, please.

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