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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "AS 205"
COURSE NAME: "Painting with Water-based Media"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Pola Wickham
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TH 9:00-11:45 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Recommended: previous experience in Painting / Drawing
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course introduces the use of inks, watercolor, and other transparent water-based paints on paper. Elementary drawing and painting principles will be reviewed, including basic color theory and the rendering of form through modulations of light and dark. Technical practice focuses on understanding the watery nature of these media, the interactions between pigments, water, and paper, and the expressive potential of spontaneous gestures. Emphasis is placed on planning, composition, and the use of preparatory pencil drawings. The subject matter is generally drawn from direct observation, and may include any of the traditional genres of still-life, portraiture, landscape, interiors, figure studies, etc. The spontaneous nature of water-based media assists in significant ways in the development of a personal vision with method and intention.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
The particular qualities of water-based media demand an approach very different from pencil drawing or oil painting.  Each class treats a new aspect of materials, associated techniques, and artistic possibilities. Students will paint from observation both in and out of class in such genres as landscape, rendering architecture, and dipicting nature.  Every class begins witha  brief presentation and demonstration of issues such asç using preliminary thumbnail sketches and pencil underdrawings, planning compositions, maintaining the integrity of the white surface, building layers of transparent color, observing light and dark and utilizing chiaroscuro, cultivating spontaneity and freedom of execution, studying historic and contemporary examples, etc.  Like all studio classes, much of the work wil be executed outside of class as homework assignments.  Class discussions and group critiques serve to evaluate and analyze work, increase artistic awareness, sensitivity, and skill in communication.

A materials list will be provided in the first class.  Materials are purchased by students.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the materials and basic techniques of painting with water-based media, will have produced a small personal body of work, and will be aware of historical and contemporary artists in these genres. They will have acquired skill in painting from observation, skill in manipulating color with knowledge of basic color theory, experience with different paint-handling methods, increased visual sensitivity, improved visual problem-solving and communication strategies, and sharpened artistic judgment.
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Completed portfolio of paintingsQuantity of work produced is of great importance, since producing a large body of work by itself practically guarantees progress. Commitment, range of experimentation, resourcefulness, inventiveness, expressivity, acuity of observation, concision, complexity, improvement, spatial clarity, and other aspects of technical skill and artistic quality are also considered.100

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality shows excellent mastery of the course content along with exceptional levels of technical skill, artistic awareness, originality, resourcefulness, commitment, quantity of work and improvement. There has been excellent collaboration and leadership in group projects, and there have been no attendance problems.
BA highly competent level of performance with work that directly addresses the content of the course, with a good quantity of work produced.
CAn acceptable level of performance: the work shows awareness of the course content, but is very limited in quantity, quality, commitment and skill.
DThe student lacks a coherent grasp of the course material and has failed to produce much work.
FNegligent in attendance, academic honesty, engagement with the course content, or production of work.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Attendance is required.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Class 1/August 31

introduction to the class, discussion of responsibilities and content of the course plus materials: first session using ink,
make a grey scale, copy of an image in monotone/in colour
Rembrandt and Goya

Class 2/September 7

setting up a simple still life and doing a basic tone exercise, examination of positive and negative spaces
Morandi

Class 3/September 14

ink drawings with figures, thumbnail sketches and pencil under-drawings
Poussin and Tiepolo

Class 4/September 21

make a colour wheel and basic colour theory, familiarise with watercolour method and techniques.
Klee, Itten and the Bauhaus

Class 5/September 28

calligraphy, asian traditions, marbling and suminagashi, gouache

Class 6/October 5

set up a still life and paint in colour, focus on transparency and washes, volume and form
Cezanne

Class 7/October 12

set up a still life and paint in colour part two

Class 8/October 19

first class out of door observing water, light and shadow and reflections, folliage, cityscape/landscape.
Turner, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper

Class 9/October 26

second class out of doors

Class 10/October 27

third class out of doors

Class 11/November 2

portrait class, looking at the figure in space, shadows, group compositions, proportions, portraiture, fleshtones
JS Sargent, Delacroix

Class 12/November 9

second portrait class

Class 13/November 16

Work on Final project

Class 14/November 30

Final group critique, preparation for student show, appointments made for individual final meetings.

Class 15/December 7

individual final meetings