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Painting 4  Art 159 ~  prerequisite Art 149


Professor Barr   Room 105/102     3 units


Course Content:  This is a collaborative project that requires a closely coordinated learning community of advanced students.  Students will create a mural on campus; they will be researching different  historical examples and approaches to mural making.As a result of satisfactory completion of this course, the student will have an understanding of community education, community outreach, publicity, photo and/or video documentation and event coordination.

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 history of murals in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries..  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 one collaborative mural painting project. You will keep a journal during the semester exploring personal ideas, imagery, and important cultural events as well as documenting the mural making process. There will 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:  Emphasis will be placed on effort, good craftsmanship, neatness of presentation, conceptual and technical development and participation during critiques. There is one mural that must be completed during the semester.  You may meet with me anytime during the semester to discuss your progress or grade to date.

Make-up/late work:   You have three allowable absences.   All others must be excused and leaving after break is a tardy.  Three tardies equal an absence.  


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. 


   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.

 7).  Purchase 5 jars of NOVA Paints.  Colors to be determined.


GRADES - One project,  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




Course Learning Outcomes


Creation of murals on campus within the context of the community; researching different

historical examples and approaches to mural making.

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


       Review the history of murals in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

 Develop a design for a specific site on campus. Complete work which will include community education, outreach, publicity, photo and/or video  documentation and event coordination. This is a collaborative project that requires a closely coordinated learning community of advanced  students.  Complete a site specific mural on campus.