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Areas of Study | | ARTS141 syllabus




COURSE NUMBER: ARTS141
COURSE TITLE:Painting I
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE: One traditional section offered in the spring semester only

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A basic course designed to sharpen skills in color theory, mixing, and understanding, brush-to-canvas techniques. Applied instruction will be geared towards the student's skill level. Class meets 5 hours per week.

PREREQUISITES:
College-level reading skills required).

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the course the students will:

  1. understand the basic principles of oil and acrylic painting
  2. build confidence
  3. Acquire knowledge and techniques of a variety tools used in painting (brushes, paints, mediums, etc.)
  4. experiment with composition and space, understand the application of color to form, and focus on the logic of light and shadow.
  5. use the tools learned in class to navigate the language of oil painting, combining both critical knowledge and pure intuition, to better realize each student’s individual expression and expectations.

 
METHODOLOGY:
Teaching will be done by the following methods:

  1. Demonstration – The instructor will demonstrate concepts and technique by drawing in front of the class.
  2. Hands on teaching – The instructor will make the rounds, working with each student, giving constructive criticism, and doing individual demonstrations.
  3. Discussion – The instructor will illustrate the technical and expressive aspects of drawing by showing examples of his own work, and the work of other artists. Students will be encouraged to participate in group discussions and critiques as time allows.
  4. Individual Discussion – The instructor will guide students individually by giving technical advice and suggested reading and research which would benefit individual students.
  5. Critiques The instructor as well as the class will discuss the student’s work.


TOPICAL OUTLINE:

Week One

  • Introduction. 
  • Review syllabus. 
  • Introduction of materials.  
  • We will look at examples of both historical and contemporary techniques in the different mediums that fall under the blanket term we call painting.
  • Stretching canvases

Week Two

  •   Modeling forms in black and white. 
  •  Introduction to value.  
  •  Experiment with materials and the applications of paint. 
  •  Explore light tones, midtone, dark tones, form shadows, and cast shadows. 
  • First project assigned

Week Three

  •  Alla prima painting (wet on wet). 
  • Mix seven values. 
  • Begin with faceted painting.  
  •   Modeling forms in black and white. 
  •  Continuation of week two
  • Open studio

Week Four

  • Faceted painting and palette knife.                   
  •   Monochromatic painting. 
  • One color plus white. 
  • Beginning blending. 
  • Open studio
  • First project due
  • critique of the first assignment
  • artist statement due for first project
  • Introduction to second project

Weeks Five

  •   Introduction to color.  
  •  Color theory. 
  •  Color interactions: warm vs. cool. 
  •  Analogous, and complimentary colors. 
  •  Saturation. 
  •  Colors and emotional response. 

Week Six

  •  Color mixing.
  •  Limited palette. 
  • Second  project due and critique thereof
  • Second artist statement due
  • Third project assigned.
  • Limited palette continued.
  •  Open studio

Week Seven

  • Texture. 
  • Transparent vs. opaque. 
  • Metallic objects, glass objects, reflective surfaces, fabric textures. 
  • Full pallet. 
  • Quiz 1

Week Eight

  •  Introduction to indirect painting.  
  •  Scumbling and glazing. 
  • Third project due and critique
  • Third project’s artist statement due
  • Fourth project assigned
  •   Full palette continued. 
  • Open studio

Week Nine

  • Mid term critiques

Week Ten

  •  Introduction to portraiture. 
  • Proportions. 
  • Mixing flesh tones. 
  • Fourth project due and critique
  • Artist statement concerning project four due
  •  Fifth project assigned
  • Quiz 2

Week Eleven 

  •  Portrait continued.
  • Open studio

Week Twelve

  •   Learning from the Masters.  
  • Fifth project due and critique
  • Artist statement due for fifth project
  •  Introduction of sixth and seventh project.

Week Thirteen

  •  Masters continued. 
  • Proposal and sketches for final (seventh) project due
  • Open studio

Week Fourteen  

  • Open studio
  • Individual tutorials
  • Sixth project due
  • Artist statement due for 6th project

Week Fifteen 

  • Open studio
  • Individual critiques

Week Sixteen

  • Final critique
  • Seventh project due
  • Artist statement for seventh project due
  • Review for Final

Week Seventeenth

  • Final Exam
  •  


TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:

Paints ” Basic 8” acrylics. I would suggest acrylics and watercolors
* Required
*Titanium White  (a large tube)
*Ivory Black
*Cadmium Yellow Medium
*Cadmium Red Light
*Ultramarine Blue (French)
*Prussian Blue
*Viridan
*Burnt Umber
Expanded (optional)
*Phthalocyanine Blue (a little goes a long way)
*Cobalt Blue (Handy for skies and flesh tones)
*Alizarin Crimson
*Yellow Ochre (light)
*Cadium Lemon Yellow
*Burnt Sienna
*Vermilion
*Zinc White
Any other colors you may have or would like to try. Student grade paints are fine.
 
Mediums
Required for Oils
Linseed oil
Turpentine or mineral spirits
(No Kerosene)
Optional mediums for oils
Poppy oil
Alkyd
Glaze medium
Bees wax medium
Mediums for acrylics all optional
Matt medium
Gloss medium
Gel medium
Texture paste
Retarding medium
Flow improver
Acrylic varnishes
Brushes
You should have 45
 #4, #6, #8, #10. Flat, filbert, or bright. Try a variety. 
You should also have a fan brush and a1.5” or 2” brush (Medium priced)
Pre stretched Canvas
 
One 8”x10” canvas board, three 16” x 20” canvas boards, and one 16” x 20” This will get us started.  It is fine to buy preprimed and stretched canvases. As the semester progresses, we will discuss other surfaces in class and canvas stretching will be demonstrated during the first week of class. 
Watercolor paper 11x17 or bigger
Trowel palette knife (please buy metal)
Palette
Containers with lids (at least two)
Rags or paper towels
Sketchbook 8.5” x 11” or bigger
Graphite pencils (HB, 2B, 4B)
Soft charcoal sticks
Kneaded eraser
Rubber cement or watercolor masking
Tackle box
Please wear old clothes or an apron to class.
Additional supplies will be needed.  I understand that art supplies are expensive.  I will do my best to keep costs at a minimum.

EVALUATION:
2Quizzes 20 points each   40 points total
7Artist’s statements 20 points each  140 points total
7projects  100 points each     700 points total
7class critiques  5 points each 35 points total
1Midterm critique worth 20 points  20 points total
1sketchbook worth 20 points     20 points total
1Final critique worth 20 points  20 points total
1Final exam   worth 30 points   25 points total
  1000 points total  

GRADING SCALE:
A= 90100 
Student performs at a superior level across all elements of the course experience and expectations.
B=8089
Student performs at an above average level of competency across all elements of the course experience and expectations.
C=7079 
Student performs at an average competency across all elements of the course experience and expectations.
D=6069
Student performs at a below average competency across all elements of the course experience and expectations.
F= Ouch
Critiques 
Critiques provide students the opportunity to develop a painting vocabulary and to look critically at their own work and the work of others.  

  • Don’t miss critiques!
  • Remember that it is your work being critiqued, not you.
  • Come prepared and ready to participate.
  • Be respectful and honest with everyone in class.

VISUAL FINE ARTS GRADING RUBRIC:
 “A”Exceeding 
Work is to be of high quality and the student will demonstrate an excellent understanding of this art form at a high level.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and elements used in the art form.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the medium chosen
  • Demonstrate creativity with the medium chosen
  • Demonstrate a high quality of craftsmanship
  • Presented in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate exemplary knowledge of a variety of techniques to be applied to the art form
  • Demonstrate new insights and working methods applied to the art form
  • Demonstrate historical knowledge in a variety of mediums
  • Demonstrate an exemplary ability to analyze the art form
  • Demonstrate and exemplary ability to interpret the art form

“B” Meeting
 Work is to be of medium quality and the student will demonstrate a proficient understanding of this art form at a good level.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and elements used in the art form.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the medium chosen
  • Demonstrate creativity with the medium chosen
  • Demonstrate a medium quality of craftsmanship
  • Presented in a somewhat professional manner
  • Demonstrate proficient knowledge of a variety of techniques to be applied to the art form
  • Indicate knowledge of some new insights and working methods applied to the art form
  • Demonstrate some historical knowledge in a variety of mediums
  • Demonstrate proficient ability to analyze the art form
  • Demonstrate good ability to interpret the art form

“C” Approaching
Work is of a developing quality and the student will demonstrate a developing understanding of this art form at a beginning level.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and elements used in the art form.
  • Demonstrate some sensitivity to the medium chosen
  • Demonstrate some creativity with the medium chosen
  • Demonstrate a developing quality of craftsmanship
  • Presented in an acceptable manner
  • Demonstrate developing knowledge of a variety of techniques to be applied to the art form
  • Indicate knowledge of some insights and working methods applied to the art form
  • Demonstrate some historical knowledge in a variety of mediums
  • Demonstrate developing ability to analyze the art form
  • Demonstrate beginning ability to interpret the art form

“D” Not Meeting
Work is of a substandard quality and demonstrates a deficiency understanding of this art form at a insufficient level.

  • Demonstrate occasionally an understanding of the principles and elements used in the art form.
  • Demonstrate some sensitivity to the medium chosen with difficulty
  • Demonstrate some creativity with the medium chosen with difficulty
  • Demonstrate a substandard quality of craftsmanship
  • Presented in an unprofessional manner
  • Demonstrate deficient knowledge of a variety of techniques to be applied to the art form
  •  Does not demonstrate a knowledge of insights and working methods applied to the art form
  • Demonstrate insufficient historical knowledge in a variety of mediums
  • Demonstrate deficiencies in their ability to analyze the art form
  • Demonstrate deficiencies in their ability to interpret the art form

“F” Failing

  • The student does not meet any of the criteria, portfolio, performance, craftsmanship, interpretation, or analysis.

Classroom Policy: 

  1. Break times are scheduled by the instructor at appropriate intervals.
  2. No private software is to be loaded onto the school’s computers.
  3. No software games are allowed in lab (unless in course curriculum).
  4. Headphones are required if listening to music during studio time. No headphones are allowed during a lecture.
  5. All cell phones are to be off and out of sight.
  6. Keep all casual conversations during studio time to a whisper.

Attendance:
Students are expected to attend all classes. If a student misses class for any reason, he or she is responsible for making up the work missed in class. After three absences the instructor may withdraw a student from class. Absences do lower the grade.
No early outs or late arrivals. Please, when you arrive please do so through the classroom door and not the emergency exit. At this time you may leave through the emergency exit just not enter there. You are allowed 3 excused absences during the semester. After that your grade will suffer.
Attendance and Withdrawal Policy:
Failure to complete assignments, especially projects, may result in you being dropped from the course. Please keep up with the course topical outline.  DACC's withdrawal policy, as well as our policies on issues such as plagiarism, may be found in your Student Handbook.  Plagiarism will not be tolerated. I have and most likely will drop you from the class if discovered. This of course all depends on the severity of the offence. If you miss three class periods, you may be dropped from the course. If you are having difficulty finishing an assignment, email. Let me know when things happen. Do not wait until midnight the night before an assignment is due to complete your work. Give yourself a cushion in case something goes wrong.
Student Conduct Code:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility.  As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College.  It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Conduct Code and the Academic Integrity Policy, as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall.
Disabilities: Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Student Support Services Center at 217.443.8862 (TTY 217.443.8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 113.  Please speak with me privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course after you have met with Student Support Services. I cannot grant accommodations on my own.
 


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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2015

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