Art Studio 221

ARTS 221: Painting I (2-D)

Credit Hours: (3) One hour lecture, demonstration or critique three hours studio

Introduction to the basic concepts of oil painting. Development of the skills needed to produce effective, expressive paintings.

Note(s): ARTS 221 and/or ART 220 may be taken twice for a total of six hours credit.


Detailed Description of Course Content

In Art 220, the prospective painter becomes aware of technical, perceptual, verbal and expressive problems through a process of applied problem solving. The fundamental premise of the course is:

1). Painting constitutes a process involving perceptual, intellectual and manipulative skills.
2). Those skills must be acquired through practice and study. The student, upon completion of the painting studio will demonstrate skills and knowledge in the following areas:
        a. Painting mediums
        b. Painting supports
3). Tools and equipment for painting
4). Color theory and palette selection
5). Compositions and expression
6). Framing and presentation

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will consist of lecture, critique and studio experiences with the actual painting or "studio" comprising the major emphasis. Through easel and board paintings of different subjects the students will be led to an understanding of practical color theory as it applies to expression in two dimensional art forms, and will evidence that understanding in their work.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

The student upon completion of the painting studio will be able to:

1. Distinguish between oil and acrylic painting mediums.
2. Recognize various painting tools and the effects of each (palette, palette knife, brushes, easel, linen and cotton canvas, stretchers, surface preparation.)
3. Recognize primary, secondary, tertiary, neutral, analogous, complementary, monochromatic, and triadic color schemes in painting.
4. Recognize shades, tints, tones, intensity, and value in painting.
5. Distinguish landscape, still life, portrait, abstract and representational painting.
6. Recognize good design quality in a painting (movement, dominance, balance, rhythm, harmony, contrast).

Assessment Measures

Assessment of the student's success in the course is based on two portfolio reviews, assigned homework problems, and individual and group critiques. The student will complete the following assignments:

1. Three assigned color studies
2. Two still life paintings
3. One portrait painting

The student will demonstrate the ability to:

1. Arrange a palette for painting
2. Prepare a painting surface for acrylic, oil
3. Use the various painting tools (palette-brushes)
4. Use at least three color schemes (primary, secondary, tertiary, analogous, complementary, monochromatic, triadic) in painting.
5. Apply shades, tints, tones, value and intensity.
6. Apply paint to achieve various visual textures with two of the following: brush, knife, rag, or sponge.

Other Course Information

No other course information required.

Review and Approval

October 2, 2012

March 25, 2005 Reviewed by Steve Arbury, Chair