Painting II

Course Number: ART 281
Transcript Title: Painting II
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: January 22, 2016
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 2

Course Description

Explores ways of seeing and elaborates on basic painting techniques, materials, and concepts while relating to historical and contemporary issues. Presents a conceptual framework for critical analysis along with basic art theory. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Solve increasingly complex aesthetic problems creatively, using strategies for expressing visual ideas through the painting medium.
  2. Create personal works of art, which demonstrate an intermediate knowledge of the painting discipline, and the processes, materials, and techniques associated with it.
  3. Ask meaningful questions, identify topical issues, and employ an expanded vocabulary in critical dialogue about the painting discipline.
  4. Understand, interpret, and appreciate painting from different cultures, facilitating increased engagement with the diversity of perspectives in the human experience.
  5. Enjoy a more sophisticated awareness of the physical world, the nature of the relationship of human beings to it, and our impact on it via the experience of painting.
  6. Implement increased self critiquing skills en route to autonomous expression through painting with respect to the standards established in contemporary and historical works of art.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)
4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will:

  • Discover various processes by which the artist sees nature, conceives ideas and executes a painting.
  • Examine aspects of the conceptual process such as experiencing, visualizing, symbolizing, playing, and imagining.
  • Bring all human senses to the experience of painting.
  • Participate in studio work sessions, class discussions, and critiques.


Assessment is based on conceptual understanding, quality of work, participation in critiques, progress, effort, and attendance. A written examination, quizzes, written assignments and a journal may be required.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Discuss the interaction of color in terms of hue, value, and intensity and its effect on the visual statement and its relation to painting.
  • Study and learn the basic elements of art such as; color, line, value, texture, shape, volume and mass, composition, and spatial illusion.
  • Learn to use acrylic and/or oil paint for translation of ideas.
  • Experience various painting surfaces such as stretched canvas (prepared in class), canvas board, masonite, and paper.
  • Begin to develop means of solving visual problems in a painting through critical and analytical methods, such as; examining compositional devices, observing interaction between positive and negative space/shape, demonstrating the difference between pictorial space and actual space, and becoming familiar with historical styles by comparing paintings.

Department Notes

  • The course may include demonstrations, slides, lectures, videos/films and field trips.
  • A minimum of 3 hours of homework per week in the form of private exploration of the concepts and processes introduced in class will be required.
  • College level reading comprehension is necessary.