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ART15A:  BEGINNING PAINTING


Course Description

This is an introductory painting course. Students will study traditional, contemporary and experimental painting techniques using acrylics and/or oils as the primary media. Emphasis will be placed on foundational concepts and approaches including color, form and composition. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. (C-ID: ARTS 210) ADVISORY: Art 2A or 3A, or portfolio review of student's work.


Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate glazing formulas and techniques in oil and acrylic paints; information to be applied to still life and landscape.
  • Identify and apply composition and design elements/theory by integrating the various drawing processes and materials.
  • Demonstrate and apply a variety of spatial illusion techniques including: color theory and atmospheric perspective
  • Identify on a test the terms, techniques and theories of acrylic and oil painting
  • Successfully integrate the relationship of form and content in oil and acrylic paint media related to objective and subjective sources.
  • Demonstrate and apply the historical and contemporary of the oil and acrylic painting process and its materials
  • Articulate verbally and in written reports, documented rationale for the sources, ideas and inspirations behind his/her paintings.
  • Analyze and critique verbally and in written form his/her artworks and the works of others in classroom critique sessions
  • Research and presents findings in written and oral formats on assigned topics


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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