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Painting 1 - ART 147   Prerequisite: Art 120 or Art 124

Professor Barr:  Room 102           3 Units 


Course Content:  This class will introduce you to the elements and principles of acrylic painting.  Each assignment will reinforce and emphasize technique, spacial illusion and basic composition skills. We will study contemporary artists in order to develop a fresh and exciting personal visual dialog. The class is designed to intrigue, inspire and engage you in the possibilities through the study of symbolism, multi-cultural perspectives and the many layers of meaning found in the visual arts. 

This course is enhanced and can be reviewed on Canvas. There are five online discussions you must participate in.

Philosophy:  Through the act of observation and the activity of painting we will study the interplay of form and content and their relationship and impact upon one another.  The class is designed to make you aware of the basic elements of color, composition, how form carries meaning and the visual dynamics of art.

Course Assignments:   The semester will include six different painting projects which will be introduced by PowerPoint lectures and followed by discussion and painting projects done in class and if need be, finished at home. You will keep a journal during the semester and will be encouraged to explore personal ideas, imagery, and important cultural events. There will also be one field trip with a two page paper due two weeks after the trip.

Critiques:   Critiques are an important tool for learning and will be used to more fully understand the subjective process of viewing art. Critiques will help develop your understanding of "how" to see, respond to, and analyze art. Your participation in the two scheduled critiques is essential.

Grades:  Projects will be graded on the mid-term and final portfolio due dates.  Your grades will be a major factor in determining the final course grade. Emphasis will be placed on effort, good craftsmanship, neatness of presentation, conceptual and technical development and participation during critiques. You may meet with me anytime during the semester to discuss your progress or grade to date.

Make-up/late work:  Make-ups are at the instructor’s discretion. You must meet with me to discuss possible projects for make-ups. Late work will be penalized a half a grade for every day late.    You have one allowable absence.   All others must be excused and leaving after lunch is a tardy.

  Classroom Requirements 

1).  Tardiness: Students are expected to attend class on time.  Coming into class during  a lecture, demonstration, or critique is highly distracting to the students who were on time. Every third tardy will be counted as an unexcused absence. These will build up quickly if you  make it a habit, and it will affect your grade.


MJC Disability Services

If you have a physical, psychiatric/emotional, medical, learning or other disability that may affect your ability to carry out assigned course work, I would urge that you contact the staff in Disability Services (DS).  DS will review your concerns and determine, with you, what accommodations are appropriate.  All information documentation is confidential.  They will also provide you with documentation to share with me so I know how I can assist you.

 GRADES - See grade point system sheet.  Five Canvas on line discussions,   Six painting projects, a Field Trip & Paper, Two Critiques, Attendance


 Course Objectives

1.  To develop basic fundamental skills in acrylic painting.

2.  To introduce various traditional and contemporary interpretations of acrylic painting.

3.  To enrich your understanding of surface, in relation to subject and context.

4.  To introduce the student to a variety of historical and contemporary artists who are   

using acrylic as their vehicle of expression.   Above all this course should be both educational and fun! 



Instructor Contact Information- office  room #124

Office Phone - 575-6075

E-mail -  barrd@mjc.edu

Website- http://www.deborahbarrart.com/

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CLO  Art 147

Student Learning Outcomes


Media - Students will learn various acrylic painting techniques, and demonstrate the ability by painting images using glazes, palette knife, scumbling and wet on wet techniques.

Composition - Students will learn and apply strategies regarding two-dimensional composition.  Compositional strategies include open and closed compositions, use of windows in space, positive and negative space, size and scale and cropping where appropriate.  Understanding of these strategies will be demonstrated through the act of painting.

Color Matching - Students will learn color theory as it applies to acrylic painting and learn to mix color based on value, saturation, similarity of the hue and appropriateness to color scheme. Students will this demonstrate knowledge of color relationships through the act of painting.

Texture - Students will learn the role of simulated texture -- the representation or recreation of the actual texture of the subject of a work; and invented texture -- which is an expressive and imaginative way of introducing texture into a work of art. The student will demonstrate that understanding through the execution of painting projects addressing this issue.

 Critique - Students will develop the visual and verbal vocabulary necessary to examine and review the strengths and weaknesses of paintings created by other students and artists.  The ability to do so will be demonstrated in critique format.