Course Number: ART 281
Transcript Title: Painting
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 10, 2016
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Covers basic perceptual painting techniques and tools as well as the understanding of the language of painting in historical and contemporary contexts. Develops critical skills for composing and synchronizing both tonal and color temperature scales to achieve a successful painting. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Implement creative strategies to solve problems in making paintings.
  2. Implement the vocabulary needed to participate in a critical dialogue about painting.
  3. Manifest autonomous expression through painting while recognizing the standards and definitions established by both contemporary and historical works of art from different cultures.
  4. Apply perceptual and conceptual skills to develop a richer experience of the visual world.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment is based on conceptual understanding, quality of work, effort and attendance. Assessment strategies may include class discussions, peer and instructor critiques, quizzes, etc.

Course Activities and Design

This class focuses on personal responsibility and commitment to seek out and fulfill each student’s painting proposal. May include: demonstrations, slides, lectures, videos/films and field trips.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

After establishing a sound compositional foundation, class focus is on learning to perceive and produce correct tonal value, relative color saturation and color temperature. Then bringing all three spectrums into a synchronized unity. This creates a convincing and expressive painting.

Concepts and Skills:

  • the interaction of color in terms of hue, value, and intensity and its effect on the visual statement and its relation to painting.
  • the basic elements of art such as: color, line, value, texture, shape, volume and mass, composition, and spatial illusion.
  • use of acrylic and/or oil paint for translation of ideas.
  • experience with various painting surfaces: stretched canvas (prepared in class), canvas board, masonite, paper, etc.
  • begin to develop means of solving visual problems in a painting through critical and analytical methods, such as; examining compositional devices, observing interaction between positive and negative space/shape, demonstrating the difference between pictorial space and actual space
  • become familiar with historical styles by comparing paintings.