School of the Arts (SOA) – Course Syllabus

Department of Art & Design
Milliken Building
Studio Art
ART 170.01 Painting I
Fall Term 3 credits
Class Meeting Days and Times: T/Th 1:30-4:20
Milliken Art Building, room 300
Instructor Name: Jess Stone
Office Address:
Instructor Phone: 864-356-3577 (text preferred)
(If you send me an email for any reason please send a text letting me know or I might not get it
before the next class.)
Office Hours: By Appointment
Instructor Email:
Class Website:
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of painting.
Instruction will include painting techniques, color mixing, color theory, painting style and the use
of painting tools. Students will be encouraged to explore the painting process as a means for
personal creative expression. Students will work primarily from observation, exploring the
language of paint through a variety of projects. Art majors should have 2D design and Drawing I
before taking this class. For non-majors previous experience with drawing is preferred.

at the conclusion of this course students should be able to :

apply concepts of design and compositional principles to a series of paintings.


apply knowledge of color theory and color mixing.

apply techniques of various paint handling techniques such as color blocking, blended
brushstrokes, expressionistic and scumbling.

demonstrate a working knowledge of the tools for painting.


demonstrate observational, interpretive, and technical skill in the painting process.


apply safety measures appropriate for the painting studio and learn how to dispose of
materials in a way that protects the environment.


demonstrate painting skills that contribute to further individual pursuits in painting.


analyze and critique visual art in public exhibitions through written reviews.


demonstrate through oral presentation, the use of visual vocabulary to discuss the aesthetic
and technical aspects of one’s work.

Apply knowledge of technical growth through self-assessment strategies.

Student responsibilities:

to complete in class and out of class assignments


to attend all classes


to purchase and have all necessary tools and materials in class


to respect the rights of others, to participate in a friendly and cooperative manner


to clean your painting area at the end of each class


to put your work away in its assigned space


to maintain the sink area and keep it clean


to attend and participate in all critiques!


to maintain and present your work for critique and evaluation

*due to the fact that instruction is ongoing throughout the class, no personal music players may
be used. I will, however, play music during working hours.
Projects: Paintings will be evaluated based on assigned criteria, craftsmanship and personal
investment of time and effort. You will be required to work on assigned paintings between
classes. Failure to do so will affect your grade.

Projects not completed by the assigned due date will be lowered by one letter grade per day.
(Not per class but per day)

Projects not seen in progress will not be accepted.
Attendance will be taken daily. Class tardiness or leaving early (2 will equal one absence) will be
recorded and addressed appropriately.
Absences: If you miss a class you will be missing the instruction and required work specific to
that class. Making up missed work is the responsibility of the student. Only a letter written by a
physician will excuse absences. Only illness and family emergencies will be excused. More than
three unexcused absences will result in a final grade reduction of 5 points per absence or ½ a
letter grade.
Excused Absences: If you miss a multitude of classes with excused absences please know that it
will be very difficult to pass my class. Attendance is required in order to succeed and master, to
the best of your ability, each technique/concept.
Critiques: Attendance on critique days is mandatory. Missing a critique is the same as missing a
test only you cannot make it up. Missing a critique will lower your final grade by one letter
grade. This includes excused absences. The absence will be excused but the grade will be
lowered. This applies only to critique days.
Sketchbook:You are to maintain a sketchbook of notes, preliminary sketches, ideas,
assignments, and journal entries. You are asked to keep an ongoing sketchbook which will be
used throughout the semester for class notes, handouts, and sketches. Some homework
assignments will be done in the sketchbooks for a grade of +, √, or -. These grades will be
factored in as part of your final grade. Sketchbooks are meant to be personal journals, which can
include creative thoughts, ideas, quotes, and dreams.

Self-Assessments: This class will require students to keep a log of
individual learning experience. These self-assessments allow the student to
reflect on their strengths and weaknesses in regard to individual progress. All
students have difficulties or challenges in different areas with each painting
assignment completed. This gives a focus on individual growth which is
monitored, not only by the teacher, but by the student as well. This ensures
a common understanding/goal between student and teacher throughout the
learning process. Continued on next page.
Self-Assessments are a required part of this class and play an
important role in your learning experience. Failure to turn in
assessments will result in a lowered grade for each project. These
are factored in as part of your project grade.

Brief informal critiques will be a part of the instructional process.
Critiques will be held following the completion of certain Paintings. Your
attendance and finished project are mandatory. Non-attendance will result
in the project receiving a lowered grade by one letter grade. (this includes
excused absences) You are expected to participate through comments and
constructive criticism. This is an important time for you to learn how to
incorporate the visual vocabulary that you have learned in the class, to talk
about your own work, and others. It gives everyone an opportunity to view
your paintings and discuss strengths and weaknesses of each. This should
be a positive, supportive environment, as important in learning about art as
the actual process.
Attitude: A willingness to experiment and learn is essential.
Improvement in skills and participation will be monitored throughout the

This class is designed for learning through participation. Participation:
Includes attendance, critique involvement, and attitude.
Attendance: Punctuality and attendance are required at all meetings
of this class. Due to the nature of this course, if you are not present you
cannot learn the particular techniques necessary to complete your work.
Demonstrations will not be repeated for students who are absent from class.
Work that is missed due to absences usually cannot be made up. Absences
will be excused only through a written letter by a physician. Only illness and

family emergencies are excused. Students are allowed three unexcused
absences. Additional unexcused absences will result in a lowered grade of ½
a letter grade per absence. Students with excessive unexcused absences
will be asked to drop the course or receive a failing grade.

Mid-Term Evaluations:
Mid-term grades will be determined by an average of grades on projects completed by mid-term,
sketchbook quality, self-assessment work and one gallery review.
Grading Criteria
A= understanding of all painting concepts. Exceptional and innovative approach to assignments.
Experimentation of media and problems. High degree of painting skills. Excellent attendance and
B= understanding of all painting concepts. High degree of painting skills. Innovative approach to
assignments. Excellent attendance and participation.
C= Basic understanding of painting concepts. Adequate skills. Good attendance and
D= misunderstanding of painting concepts. Incomplete assignments (or not enough investment in
work) , poor attendance. Low participation and missed critiques.
F= Incompletion of assignments. Poor attendance.

projects 80%

sketchbook and Self-Assessments 20%

failure to complete gallery reviews will affect final grade up to 10%

Digital portfolio
All art and design students are required to establish a digital portfolio in which all artwork
created during your time at Converse is documented on a CD. Documentation techniques will be
covered in the class and students expected to document all paintings created in the course.

All students must create a website through weebly to upload their digital portfolio. Dates for this
will be announced in class.

Health and Safety Policies
Healthy studio practices are important for both your safety and that of your classmates. Some
pigment –bearing materials are potentially toxic. No food or drinks should be at your work
station! You should bring an apron or shirt as a smock to protect your clothes. Avoid breathing
solvent material. Never put solvents or paint material in the sink. Use the proper disposal
containers for all waste. A clean space is vital to health and safety as well as an efficient work

Additional information: Milliken Gallery Exhibitions and Receptions: students are expected to
attend all receptions at the Miliken Art Gallery as an integral part of the Fine Arts educational
program. Your attendance provides important support for the exhibiting artists as well as
fulfilling the Converse expectation of arts patronage.
Academic accommodations:
Students with documented disabilities who would like to request academic accommodations
must contact Tania McDuffie, Director of Accommodations and Tutoring services.
Honor Code: Each student is bound to the Honor Code established by Converse College.
Open Studio Hours The Milliken Art Building is available for student use until midnight. The
Milliken Art Building will be locked up by security at 10pm and students must be in the building
by that time to be able to remain until midnight.
Final Critique:
A final critique will be held in lieu of a final exam. Date - TBD
ART MATERIALS & SUPPLIES: if ordering online allow 5-7 days for

Paint: Good student quality paint is required for this class. No craft
paint allowed.
I know painting is an investment so I have researched for some of
the best prices and provided where to find them. For Dick Blick item
#’s just enter the item # in the search box on their website and it
should pull it up for you. Otherwise Michaels is the best place for
some supplies--Especially your canvas!!
Cheap paint will actually make painting more difficult. Mixing colors
is a large part of this class and cheap paint has less pigment in it.
This will make color mixing extremely inconsistent and frustrating.
Buy the best paint you can for this class. I highly recommend
Liquitex brand but do not buy the BASICS version! If you want the
very best then Golden is the brand for you! I look forward to
meeting all of you and working with you this semester! 
Acrylic: Some good brands are Winsor and Newton,
*Liquitex **teacher recommended but don’t get the Basics
grumbacher academy, Golden is the best brand
- large tube of titanium white
- cadmium red medium
- crimson red or Alizarin Crimson
- phthalo blue green shade (primary blue)
- ultramarine blue
- cadmium yellow medium
- hansa yellow or Naples yellow
- mars black
*Other Paint Colors may be needed after midterm:
- burnt sienna
- raw umber
- yellow ochre
Brushes: buy nice brushes to keep the bristles from constantly
falling into your painting.
- Round # 0,2,6
- Flat # 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 16
*Can buy this set online at dick blick: Da Vinci College set of 10 item #
- Any other brushes that you like are fine as well.
Canvas and Other surfaces:

Best Set of Canvases for your money can be found at Michaels art
and craft stores or at the Michaels website.
- Artist Loft Necessities canvas super value pack (I would use 40% off
coupon. Bring a friend and buy both with coupon. They cost 19.99 each
at regular price.)
Size: 8X10 (10 pack)
Size: 16X20 (5 pack)
- Mixed media sketchbook--Minimum size 8X10
- May need to purchase another canvas for final project (after midterm)
- Regular Color Wheel—Dick Blick item # Y04915-1093 $4.95
- Optional: Gray Scale—Dick blick item # Y04947-2500 $2.36
Other Supplies:
- Plastic container for water ( I use this Ziploc container)
- Paint Palette with lid (Please make sure you have a decent paint
palette! It will save you money if you can preserve your paint between
sessions) This is a good one from Dick Blick: item # 03008-1002
- Old towel/rag for brush wiping
- Vine charcoal
- Pencil/eraser
- Palette knife for mixing colors Good set found at Michaels: Artist Loft
- Optional viewfinder: Dick Blick item # Y04995-1000
Lab Fee: $30 (painting )
Materials can be purchased at:
Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or online purchases.
not allowed unless approved by the teacher. Cell phones are to be placed on vibrate. No ipods or
other musical devices allowed during this class.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Students with documented disabilities who would like
to request academic accommodations must contact the Director of Academic
Accommodations and tutoring Services at 577-2028 (extension 2028 on

HONOR CODE: Each student is bound by the Honor Code established by
Converse College.
CAMPUS SAFETY: Phone extension is 9026. Call them if buildings are locked during
operating times/weekends, or if needing assistance. No cell phones should be activated
during class time. Cell phones are inappropriate and disruptive in class, but
they can be a useful safety tool if kept on the most unobtrusive setting
during non-class time when you are working in the building. All students
should have the number for Campus Security (596-9026) programed into their cell
Students are expected to register with the Converse Emergency Alert System for cell phone
messages concerning safety and weather–related events. This can be extremely important when
you are in the building at night or on weekends and few staff members are available.
All students are expected to have an active Converse email account and check it regularly All
students are expected to be aware of safety procedures regarding security in the event of a
campus intruder or emergency, shelter from inclement weather such as a tornado, and evacuation
from fire, flood or gas leak.
CAMPUS TOBACCO POLICY: Converse College campus is a tobacco free
environment. A designated smoking area exists on the south side of Andrews
Studio Art Exhibition Reviews
As part of your course requirements you are required to write 2 Exhibition Reviews. Over the
years I have discovered that it is very important for students to be looking at professional art as
they are making their own. It will help you understand the result of formal training, and you will
learn quickly that the creation of art can be very diverse and offer many personal interpretations.
Art can be beautiful or it can be aesthetically challenging. It can be representational and
conservative or it can be abstract and politically charged. It is important for any young artist to
become aware of the many ways to create art. Some of the art you will enjoy and some you will
question. You are to view these exhibitions as a student of art, open minded and ready to be
educated on the broad world of the arts.
Half of your exhibition reviews can be of exhibitions in the Milliken Art Gallery on campus.
The Exhibition Review must follow the guidelines set below.
 Each review must be of a separate exhibition space and of professional artists. You cannot
use an exhibition that you are reviewing for another class (ie; ART 201/202: Introduction
to Western Art)

The review has to be a least one and ½ typed page, double-spaced, with 12 font or smaller.

It must include the name and place of the exhibition.

It must include the names of all the artists, unless it is a large group or juried show, and then
you can use a number or mention a few.

Give a brief formal description of the exhibition, the art medium used, number of works,
style or techniques used.

Give a gut reaction to the show. Did you like it or not? Did it grow on you as you continued
to view it?

Find a favorite. Titles are to be in italics. Give the title and name of the artist who created it if
it was a group show. Discuss why you selected it. Was it the subject matter, the colors, etc?
How was it different from the other work in the show? Talk about it formally and informally.
Use vocabulary that you are learning in the class.

Grammar and clarity are a component of the grading.
Use formal language not slang.
Be specific, not generalizations.
Please proof your paper.

** You can show me a review in advance for feedback. I also recommend using the Writing
Center on campus.