ARTS 231: Watercolor I (2-D)
Credit Hours: (3) One hour lecture, demonstration or critique; three hours studio
Introduction to the basic concepts of watercolor painting. Development of skills needed to produce effective, expressive watercolors.
Note(s): ARTS 231 and/or ART 225 may be taken twice for a total of six hours credit.
Detailed Description of Course Content
Art 225 will meet for six hours weekly. Two hours will be lecture and four hours will be laboratory work.
Watercolor techniques are demonstrated and the various types of the media (transparent, opaque) will be discussed and learned. The students will become familiar with graded wash, color on color, color into color, and other materials used in watercolor painting. Skills in the use of this medium of expression will be learned as well presentation techniques.
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
Through slides, exhibits, displays, videos, and other media, students are exposed to the ideas, artists and masterworks of significant periods of art. The students will apply knowledge about the history of art to contemporary experiences.
The students enrolled in Art 225 - Watercolor Techniques will explore the following areas:
• History of Watercolor
• Developmental Stages of Watercolor
• Design and Watercolor
• Aesthetic Response in Watercolor
• Art Safety in Watercolor
• Ordering Watercolor Supplies and Materials
Goals and Objectives of the Course
The student will demonstrate the various techniques of using watercolor media at the conclusion of this course. The student will describe the significant periods of art by explaining the masterworks of the periods. Vocabulary pertinent to watercolor and its techniques will be described by the student. The student's portfolio will demonstrate the student's comprehension of the use of the watercolor techniques. Art 225 is the introductory course in watercolor at the undergraduate level. It is open to art majors and art minors and any student who elects to enroll.
Critiques will be used to assess the student's individual progress and growth every two weeks. Students will present their work for review by their peers and the instructor. These dialogues will assist the student to meet the course requirements. The students will present their work in a professional manner with hinged, beveled mattes ready to be exhibited in a professional location. The students are required to prepare a portfolio of all the work completed for this course including work presented in each critique for final review.
Other Course Information
This course fulfills art requirements for the two dimensional area in all art undergraduate degree requirements. The course is highly recommended for fashion merchandising and interior design majors.
Review and Approval
October 2, 2012
March 18, 2005 Reviewed by Steve Arbury, Chair