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Painting 3   Art 158 ~ prerequisite  Art 149


 Course Content for Advanced painting: In this class students will continue to work with oil and/or acrylic paint, improving upon their techniques and stylistic approaches. Emphasis will be placed on developing content as it relates to the formal issues of art. Students will demonstrate a clear understanding of historical and contemporary approaches to composition by researching a historical figure and integrating it into an assignment. Students will also use experimental surfaces creating paintings that demonstrate the importance of surface with regard to oil or acrylic painting. The course will cover color theory issues surrounding portraiture and how to use specific colors to create the illusion of skin tones. 


This course is enhanced with five online discussions 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.



 Phone:   209 - 575 - 6225      Fax:   209-575- 6852     TTY   209 - 575 - 6863


 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 Discussions,  Six projects,  Field Trip & Paper, Two  Critiques, Journal 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       Websites -http://deborahbrayman.faculty.mjc.edu/




  Course learning Outcomes


     Advanced painting: Continued work in oil and acrylic painting; techniques and stylistic 

approaches. Emphasis on developing content as it relates to the formal issues of art.

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


1. Contemporary Approaches - Create paintings that demonstrate advanced strategies regarding

          two-dimensional composition and study contemporary approaches to oil painting.

Presenting their work conceptually.


2. Students will demonstrate a clear understanding of historical and contemporary approaches to composition, by researching an historical figure and integrating it into an assignment.  Develop a personal credo and style of painting using advanced materials, methods and inventive compositions.


    3. Experimental Surfaces - Create paintings that demonstrate the importance of experimental painting surfaces with regard to oil painting.


    4. 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.