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Painting - ART 148 -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 oil 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 with five discussions on line through Canvas.

Participation is mandatory. 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 three allowable absences. All others must be excused and leaving after break is a tardy.


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.

 Contact Information:

Class Room 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.

• 2). This is an observation - application course. Discussions are encouraged but respect for other students “space” is mandatory. Be prepared to work hard and explore.

• 3). You will be encouraged to periodically walk around the room to view other  students work. You will learn a lot by viewing the work of your peers.

• 4). If you should have to leave class early, please notify the instructor before the class starts and sit by an exit door for easy departure.

• 5). Don’t bring visitors, children, or pets to class.

• 6). Turn off cellular phones or other electronic devices that make noise.

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

Course Objectives

1. To develop basic fundamental skills in oil/acrylic painting.

2. To introduce various traditional and contemporary interpretations of oil/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 oil 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://deborahbrayman.faculty.mjc.edu/DeborahBrayman.html

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CLO Art 148

Media - Create paintings that demonstrate various oil painting techniques. Demonstrating the ability by painting images using glazes, palette knife, scumbling and wet on wet techniques.

Composition -Create paintings that demonstrate 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 - Create paintings that demonstrate their knowledge of color theory as it applies to acrylic painting including value, saturation, similarity of the hue and appropriateness to color scheme. Students will demonstrate knowledge of color relationships through the act of painting.

Texture - Create paintings that demonstrate the knowledge 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. Critique - Participate in critiques which demonstrate their knowledge of the visual and verbal vocabulary necessary to examine and review the strengths and weaknesses of paintings created by other students and artists.