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2005 Spring Painting Foundations ARTS 2316.001 Fridays: 12:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m. AS1.

118 Instructor: Betsy Belcher Office Hours: 12:30–3:15 in classroom, or by arrangement CALENDAR: The following calendar is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. 1/13 Discussion: materials, studio procedures and class policies, overview of projects. 1/20 Color terminology, color theory and color schemes in painting. Value scales, tints, shades, color wheels. Using paint, paint qualities, setting up your palette. Work on class assignments. 1/25 NOTE: LAST DAY TO DROP CLASS WITHOUT A “W” (WESNESDAY) 1/27 Continue color projects. Prepare canvas for first painting (imprimatura). 2/3 Group review and discussion of color projects (due at beginning of class). Discussion: composition and structure of images. Begin limited palette still-life painting in class. 2/10 Prepare underpainting for next painting. Last class day to work on first painting. 2/17 Critique of first paintings (due at beginning of class). Analogous color scheme painting: begin in class. 2/24 Analogous color scheme painting: work in class. 3/3 Analogous color scheme painting: work in class. Last class day to work on assignment. (Cropped-image project homework given – due 3/17) 3/10 SPRING BREAK! 3/16 NOTE: LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW WP OR WF (THURS.) 3/17 Analogous color-scheme still-life: critique and discussion in class (due for grading today!) along with review of homework assignment. Begin cropped image painting. 3/24 Cropped image painting project continues. Preparation of painting surfaces discussed and demonstrated. 3/31 Last week for cropped-image painting in class. Self-portrait assignment given (plan, ideas or preparatory sketches due next week for review). 4/7 Review ideas for self-portrait assignment and begin work. Cropped image painting due at beginning of next class. 4/14 Critique of cropped-image painting. Self-portrait painting: work in class. 4/21 Self-portrait painting, work in class. Final class day for working on projects. Final project is due 4/28 – ABSOLUTELY NO late work (resubmitted) or extra credit accepted after today. 4/28 Final day! Last paintings discussed in class/due. Semester review. GOALS: 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. 1. Cultivate each student’s capacity to observe closely and carefully, as well as to translate “seeing” into painting.

2. Introduce students to the vocabulary necessary to talk about paintings. Begin to shape their ability to discuss and analyze the structure and meaning of paintings.

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3. Expose students to the variety of techniques and approaches used by painters over the
course of history. 4. Allow students to investigate their ability to communicate through the creative means of painting; introduce them to the notion of a visual language. 5. Develop the student’s facility and familiarity with the practical aspects of painting. ATTENDANCE: 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. Anticipate 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 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 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. It is the responsibility of each student to contact the instructor, via e-mail or in person, for information regarding missed assignments. If you have a personal or family emergency, illness or other serious difficulty, please let me know. We will work together to find a compromise. I rely upon you to let me know that there is a problem! All cell phone ringers and beepers should be turned off during class. If you must use the phone, please leave the classroom. As noted before, work outside of class is expected. Paintings take a commitment of time. GRADING: Grades will be based on the following criteria – 1. Attendance. Arrive on time, set up to work and clean up afterward. 2. Successful, on-time completion of all assigned projects. 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’t 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 does not conform to these instructions.

Page 3 2006 Spring Painting Foundations ARTS 2316.001 Instructor: Betsy Belcher 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. 8. 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. 9. 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 research are the basis of other grades, amounting to approximately 15% of the final grade. Attendance, participation in discussions and making an effort are indispensable and are an important part of doing well in the class. An extra-credit assignment will be available to help improve one of your grades. Assigned grades will be based on standard measures: A Work shows a superior attempt to develop skills and understand concepts; a strong commitment 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. WITHDRAWALS AND INCOMPLETE GRADES: Students are responsible for keeping up with course work and are expected to withdraw from the class if they feel unable to attend class regularly or to finish assignments. Students are responsible for knowing the last date for withdrawals. Consult the academic calendar if you are not clear about specifics. Incompletes will not be given.

Page 4 Spring 2006 Painting Foundations ARTS 2316.001 Instructor: Betsy Belcher SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY: Scholastic dishonesty is strictly prohibited. Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from The University. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students and the integrity of The University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. MATERIALS: It is each student’s 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. Materials will be available at Asel Art Supply as a discounted package. Some supplies will be available at the campus bookstore. The instructor highly recommends that you buy all the necessary supplies and come equipped to work effectively. She cannot provide these for you. Previously, the school collected a fee for materials. The 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.

NOTE FROM INSTRUCTOR: I will send all electronic correspondence only to a student’s UTD email address and require that all official electronic correspondence between a student and me be transmitted from the student’s UTD email account. UT Dallas furnishes each student a FREE Network ID (netid) linked to an email account. To activate or maintain a UTD computer account and/or to set email forwarding options, go to http://netid.utdallas.edu. NOTE: The UTD Department of Information Resources provides a method for students to forward their UTD email to other personal or business email accounts. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Students who are physically challenged or otherwise in need of special assistance are advised to contact the office of student services.