Course Number: ART 287
Transcript Title: Watercolor II
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
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
ART 284 or instructor permission
Explores basic and more advanced studio watercolor painting techniques, materials, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues to increase visual literacy. Presents a conceptual framework for critical analysis along with basic art theory. May be taken three times for credit. Prerequisite: ART 284 or instructor permission. Audit available.
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
- Solve more complex problems using additional strategies for expressing visual ideas through the watercolor painting medium.
- Create personal works of art, which demonstrate an intermediate knowledge of the watercolor painting discipline, and the processes, materials, and techniques associated with.
- Ask meaningful questions, identify topical issues, and employ an expanding watercolor painting vocabulary in critical dialogue about the watercolor painting discipline.
- Understand, interpret, and enjoy watercolor painting from different cultures facilitating increased engagement with the diversity of perspectives in the human experience.
- 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 watercolor painting.
- Implement expanded self critiquing skills en route to autonomous expression through watercolor painting with respect to the standards established in contemporary and historical works of art.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Discover various processes by which the artist sees nature, conceives ideas and executes a watercolor painting.
- Experience the connection between sight and the other senses used to understand subject matter.
- Examine aspects of the conceptual process; experiencing, visualizing, symbolizing, playing, imagining, etc.
- Observe ways to process visual experience through watercolor painting; such as wash, gesture, line, expression, etc.
- 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)
- Develop methods of handling materials for picture making which may include transparent tube colors, transparent cake colors and gouache.
- Become familiar with different kinds of brushes and the marks they produce.
- Experience various watercolor papers and surfaces; pulp paper , rag content paper, hot press watercolor paper, cold press watercolor paper, etc.
- Discuss the interaction of color in terms of hue, value and intensity, and its effect on the visual statement.
- Experience a broad range of watercolor techniques which may include: wet on wet, wet on dry, wash, dry brush, glazing, masking, etc.
- Experience use of watercolor with other media; ink, magic marker, charcoal, pastel, conte, collage, etc.
- Study the formal elements of art such as; color, line, value, texture, shape, volume and mass, composition, and spatial illusion.
- Learn to understand color theory and its application to the watercolor medium.
- Learn to understand how watercolor paint works and mixes; staining colors, transparent colors, and opaque colors.
- The course includes lectures, demonstrations, slides, video/film and field trips.
- At least a term of Watercolor I, Art 284 with a grade of "C" or better or instructor's permission required to enroll.
- 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.
- Art 287 fulfills Arts and Letters requirements for block transfer to other colleges and universities for general education requirements, or for elective credits.