Watercolor II - Studio

Course Number: ART 287
Transcript Title: Watercolor II - Studio
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 6, 2016
Total Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 60
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 2


Course Description

Explores more advanced studio watercolor painting techniques, materials, and concepts to encourage the development of individual style. Reinforces the conceptual framework for critical analysis along with basic art theory. May be taken three times for credit. Prerequisite: ART 284. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Solve more complex problems using additional strategies for expressing visual ideas through the watercolor painting medium.
  2. Create personal works of art, which demonstrate an intermediate knowledge of the watercolor painting discipline, and the processes, materials, and techniques associated with.
  3. Ask meaningful questions, identify topical issues, and employ an expanding watercolor painting vocabulary in critical dialogue about the watercolor painting discipline.
  4. Enjoy a more sophisticated awareness of the physical world, the nature of the relationship of human beings to it, and our impact on it via the experience of watercolor painting.
  5. Implement expanded self critiquing skills en route to autonomous expression through watercolor painting with respect to the standards established in contemporary and historical works of art.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The student will:

  • Discover various processes by which the artist sees nature, conceives ideas and executes a watercolor painting.
  • Experience the connection between sight and the other senses used to understand subject matter.
  • Examine aspects of the conceptual process; experiencing, visualizing, symbolizing, playing, imagining, etc.
  • Observe ways to process visual experience through watercolor painting; such as wash, gesture, line, expression, etc.
  • Participate in studio work sessions, class discussions, and critiques.

Assessment is based on conceptual understanding, quality of work, participation in critiques, progress, effort, and attendance. A written examination, quizzes, written assignments and a journal may be required.

Course Activities and Design

Small group discussions, multi-media demonstrations, and peer critique. May involve field trips for taking photographic references for class painting projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Develop methods of handling materials for picture making which may include transparent tube colors, transparent cake colors and gouache.
  • Become familiar with different kinds of brushes and the marks they produce.
  • Experience various watercolor papers and surfaces; pulp paper, rag content paper, hot press watercolor paper, cold press watercolor paper, etc.
  • Discuss the interaction of color in terms of hue, value and intensity, and its effect on the visual statement.
  • Experience a broad range of watercolor techniques which may include: wet on wet, wet on dry, wash, dry brush, glazing, masking, etc.
  • Experience use of watercolor with other media; ink, magic marker, charcoal, pastel, conte, collage, etc.
  • Study the formal elements of art such as; color, line, value, texture, shape, volume and mass, composition, and spatial illusion.
  • Learn to understand color theory and its application to the watercolor medium.
  • Learn to understand how watercolor paint works and mixes; staining colors, transparent colors, and opaque colors.
  • Encourage the expression of individual style

Department Notes

This is a lab course in which students practice and reinforce skills and knowledge learned in ART 284. Students are required to do little or no work outside of class.