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Painting - 149  Prerequisite: Art 147-148    Professor Barr:  Room 102           3 Units 


Painting 2

Course Content:  Students will be producing a body of work emphasizing the student's  philosophical attitude toward painting.  Each assignment will help the student identify their stylistic approach to oil and/or acrylic painting. They will demonstrate advanced strategies regarding two-dimensional composition and study contemporary approaches to painting.   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 advanced 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:
    Student Services Building, Room 112
    435 College Ave.
    Modesto, CA 95350

    Phone: (209)575-6225
    Fax: (209)575-6852
    TTY: (209)575-6863
    Email: mjcdsps@mjc.edu


   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 - Five Canvas online Discussions, Six projects,  Field Trip & Paper, Two  Critiques and Attendance

   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/




Course Learning Outcomes

As a result of satisfactory completion of this course, the student should be prepared to:


1. Recall methods and techniques from ART 148 or 147.

2. Demonstrate insights into historical and contemporary painting developments. Analyze methods for compositional planning.

3. Identify stylistic approaches to oil and/or acrylic painting. 

4. Develop a body of works emphasizing the student's idiosyncratic style and philosophical attitude toward painting. 


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