Summer 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Tady Lorraine
Discipline and Number
ARTS 2316 Section 09M
TR Time 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Course Title
Painting Foundations

Description of Course:

ARTS 2316 (ARTS 2316) Painting Foundations (3 semester hours) This course provides a foundation for painting classes. Emphasis will be placed on color theory and design as they relate to the process of painting. Lectures and discussions will address both the history of painting and current issues in contemporary art. This course will cover an introduction to the materials of painting, color mixing, and the preparation of painting surfaces.

A studio workshop ("learning by doing, through practice"), the class explores the fundamentals of paint handling and careful, perceptual observation related to building convincing yet economic form and spatial depth in a painting. Next, students explore various ways of constructing the layers of a painting, optional attitudes in image making, and "re-directing the viewer's gaze". Students are presented with visual problems to solve that encourage sound design, careful observation, subjective search, and investigating within uncertainty. Assignments encourage an understanding, sensitivity, and command of the visual language as well as building an awareness of one's personal vision. Individual and group critiques.

Required Texts:

None required at this time.

Required artist research and readings; and a gallery or museum visit will be announced in class.

Recommended reference:

Mayer, Ralph. The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques. Fifth Edition, Revised and Updated. Viking Penguin, New York, 1991

Kay, Reed. The Painter’s Guide to Studio Methods and Materials. Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 1983.

Albers, Josef. Interaction of Color. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1975

Itten, Johannes. The Elements of Color. A Treatise on the Color System of Johannes Itten based on his book The Art of Color. Edited by Faber Birren. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York, 1970.

Janson’s History of Art, The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Art, and Chip’s Theories of Modern Art

Design Basics by David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak (Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Belmont, CA, 2002).

Library books on artists (such as "Vitamin P", and historical and contemporary painters), internet research, and periodicals such as Art In America, Flash Art, Art Forum, etc.

Visits to museums and galleries

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

(1) The commitment to attend full classes regularly and to be prepared with the proper materials for projects. A list of art materials to purchase for class projects is discussed the first day of class.

(2) The completion of projects in a timely manner.

(3) Portfolio of assigned work thoughtfully exhibits growth or understanding of objectives and principles; and shows results, commitment, effort, focus, complexity, and willingness to be open to new ideas. Work shows demonstrated awareness of problems involved, experimentation within objectives, thoughtful solutions and investigations. Work exhibits good craftsmanship, care, presentation and execution.

(4) Participation in class studio and discussions, critiques, and activities; maintains a good attitude and has a good work ethic. Respects fellow students and studio property.

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