Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Tady, Lorraine
Discipline and Number
ARTS 3369 Section 001
W Time 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Course Title
Intermediate Painting

Description of Course:


ARTS 3369 Intermediate Painting (3 semester hours) Explores traditional and nontraditional concepts and techniques of painting and the development of style. Topics may include color theory, two-dimensional design, and the nature of representation. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum). Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions:
Arts 2316 Foundation Painting or equivalent experience and permission of instructor

While observation and the ability to convey convincing form, light, space and depth in a painting often drives the Foundation painting class (along with an introduction to the materials and properties of painting), an Intermediate painting class invites student to inquire with regards to what may incite his or her personal painting path and the content therein. Additionally, the intermediate level does not necessarily give up on perceptual concerns and the complexity the outside world provides, but asks students to address varying theoretical points of view. Visual problems, contemporary and historical examples, and creative process strategies are introduced to the class, allowing each individual to begin investigating the various paths one may take when constructing a painted image, or a series of works.

Required Texts:


None required.

The following are recommended for review:

Mayer, Ralph. The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques. 5th Edition, Revised & Updated. Viking Penguin, NY, 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).

Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting by Barry Schwabsky
Art Now vol. 2 by Uta Grosenick

Assigned readings and research, artists and issues pertinent to each individual’s sensibilities; including contemporary painters, internet research, and periodicals such as Art In America, Flash Art, Art Forum, etc.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions
Arts 2316 Foundation Painting or equivalent experience and permission of instructor

1.) Attendance and participation in workshops, lectures, discussions, and critiques; and prepared with required materials
2.) Completion of approximately 4-5 projects and additional studies
3.) Individual growth and development
4.) Excitement, enthusiasm, and creativity brought to each assignment
5.) Critical and investigative seeing and thinking
6.) Visit to Museum or gallery and required readings
7.) Use of library, internet, periodicals, etc. for research, reference and visual resource
8.) Sketchbook or image file of references and ideas

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