Fri. 1:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
o ffice hours: in classroom, before or after class (or by arrangement)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
10/24 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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