Course Number:
ART 280
Transcript Title:
Painting Basics
Jul 25, 2022
Jul 25, 2022
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
Repeats available for credit:

Course Description

Introduces basic perceptual painting techniques and tools as well as the understanding of the language of painting in historical and contemporary contexts. Draws on the rich cultural diversity that exists in the field as a vehicle for developing personal self-expression. Develops critical skills for composing and synchronizing both tonal and color temperature scales to achieve a successful painting. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Create personal works of art which demonstrate a basic understanding of the painting discipline as well as the processes, materials, and techniques associated with it.
  2. Implement creative strategies to solve problems when composing paintings.
  3. Ask meaningful questions, identify ideas and issues, and implement the basic vocabulary needed for active participation in critical dialogue about the painting process and experience.
  4. Understand, interpret, and appreciate painting from different cultures and times, facilitating a lifelong engagement with the diversity of perspectives in the human experience.
  5. Apply perceptual and conceptual skills to develop a rich experience of the visual world.

Alignment with Institutional 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)
Not Addressed
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)
4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
Not Addressed
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

To establish an intentional learning environment, Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) require a clear definition of instructional strategies, evidence of recurrent instruction, and employment of several assessment modes.

Major Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed recurrently in the curriculum, regularly enough to establish a thorough understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a thorough understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Minor Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed adequately in the curriculum, establishing fundamental understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a fundamental understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment is based on conceptual understanding, quality of work, effort and attendance. Assessment strategies may include class discussions, peer and instructor critiques, quizzes, etc.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

After establishing a sound compositional foundation, class focus is on learning to perceive and produce correct tonal value, relative color saturation and color temperature. Then bringing all three spectrums into a synchronized unity. This creates a convincing and expressive painting.

Concepts and Skills:

  • the interaction of color in terms of hue, value, and intensity and its effect on the visual statement and its relation to painting.
  • the basic elements of art such as: color, line, value, texture, shape, volume and mass, composition, and spatial illusion.
  • use of acrylic and/or oil paint for translation of ideas.
  • experience with various painting surfaces: stretched canvas (prepared in class), canvas board, masonite, paper, etc.
  • 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
  • become familiar with historical styles by comparing paintings.

Department Notes

A minimum 3 hours of homework per week in the form of private exploration of the concepts and processes introduced in class will be required.