2005 Fall Painting Foundations ARTS 2316.002
Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.\u201312:30 p.m. AS1.118
Instructor: Betsy Belcher
Office Hours: 12:30\u20131:30 in classroom or by arrangement
The following calendar is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.
8/20 Discussion: materials, studio procedures, overview. First assignments explained.
8/27 Color terminology, color theory and color schemes in painting. Value scales, tints,
structure. Begin limited-palette still-life painting in class.
9/10 Work in class. Prepare underpainting for next assignment. Complete first painting.
9/17 Critique of first paintings ( due at beginning of class). Analogous color-scheme
painting: begin in class.
9/24 Analogous color-scheme painting: work in class. Artist research project introduced.
10/1 Analogous color-scheme painting: work in class. Last class day for assignment.
homework assignment. Cropped image painting: begin work in class.
10/15 Cropped image painting: work in class.
10/22 Cropped image painting continues. Preparation of painting surfaces discussed and
painting due at beginning of next class.
11/12 Critique of cropped-image painting. Self-portrait painting: work in class.
11/19 Self-portrait painting, work in class. (Final class day.Absolutely no late work or
This class introduces students to the fundamentals of oil painting materials and techniques. Students will be given variety 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 assignments will stress learning to see, to control materials and to gain insight into the creative process.
Each student is allowed one (1) unexcused absence during the semester. Unexcused
absences can have a serious adverse affect your grade. Every unexcused absence beyond two
(2) will result in an automatic reduction of your final grade. Each additional absence (beyond
the first two) 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 four (4) are not acceptable.
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.
2. Successful, on-time completion of all assigned projects. Late work will be subject to a deduction of one full grade mark (a B w ill become a C) for every week it is late. This applies to homework as well as paintings done during classtime.
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 or by prior written agreement. I will not consider extra 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.
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