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UT Dallas Syllabus for arts2316.001.07s taught by Margaret Belcher (meb025000)

UT Dallas Syllabus for arts2316.001.07s 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.
Spring 2007
Professor Contact Information
Betsy Belcher
Office and office hours: AS 2.116, before or after class; or in classroom, by arrangement
Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions
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. Develop each student\u2019s ability to see and observe closely and carefully, and to translate these
skills into the raw material of 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 and conceptualize through the
creative means of painting.
6. Develop the student\u2019s facility and familiarity with the practical aspects of painting, including
color, composition, design and technique.
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. Please bring all necessary supplies to the second class and be prepared to work. Do not come to class, then expect that you can miss

time to go purchase supplies. BE PREPARED.
Materials will be available at Asel Art Supply (the branch at Richardson Heights Shopping

Center) as a discounted package. Some supplies may be available at the campus bookstore and at local hardware stores. The instructor highly recommends that you buy all thenecessary supplies and come equipped to work effectively. She cannot provide these for you. The instructor has

worked to keep the material costs reasonable.
Lockers are available in the studio area for storing supplies. Students must provide theirown
locks. Sharing a locker will be necessary.
Suggested Course Materials
List is provided at first class meeting.
Assignments & Academic Calendar
Discussion: materials, studio procedures, class policies, overview of projects. Supply list.
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 1/26).
Prepare canvas for first painting (underpainting).
Group review and discussion of color assignments (dueat beginning of class). Discussion:
composition and structure. Begin limited-palette still-life painting in class (first painting).
Work in class. Prepare underpainting for next assignment. 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. Artist research project introduced.
Analogous color-scheme painting: work in class. Last class day for assignment. (Cropped-image
project homework given\u2013due 3/2)
Analogous color-scheme still-life: critique (due for grading). Review homework assignment.
Cropped image painting: begin work in class.
Cropped image painting continues. Preparation of painting surfaces discussed and demonstrated.
Cropped-image painting continues. Self-portrait assignment given (plan, ideas or preparatory sketches
due next week for review).
Review ideas for self-portrait assignment. Begin work on project. Cropped image painting due at
beginning of next class.
Critique of cropped-image painting. Self-portrait painting: work in class.
Self-portrait painting, work in class. This is the finalworkingclass day. You should work on your
projectsto complete them before class time next week. Absolutely no late work or extracredit
accepted after today.
Final day! Last paintings discussed in class/due. Semesterreview.
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 improveone gradebyone mark(you may turn a B into a B+, for example). Extra
creditwork 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, participationin discussions, and making an effort to improve your technique
and analytical skills are indispensable and are essential to doing well in the class.
Assigned grades will be based on standard measures:
AWork 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.
BStudent 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.
CAn 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.
DPoor 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.
FFinished 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 towork. Working for
the duration of the class period is necessary in order to complete all the assign-ments required for
the class. Class discussions, lectures and critiques are required activities.
Studio work outside of classtime is expected.Anticipatethat 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 two (2) unexcused absences during the semester. Unexcused absences
can have a serious adverse affect your grade.Every unexcused 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 B, or
if you have four, your B+ will become a B-. Unexcused absences in excess of two (2) are not
acceptable and will lower your grade significantly.

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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