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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "AS 204"
COURSE NAME: "Painting"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: James Gardner
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: W 9:00-11:45 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course introduces the basic issues of oil painting through a series of classic problems: the still life, figure study, portrait and others. Emphasis is on control of color and light and dark value, while building form in a coherent pictorial space. Oil is the preferred medium, and students buy their own materials. The course introduces connections between studio work and the history of painting.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

The course will allow students to develop the skills and concepts of drawing, design, composition, applied color, and materials and techniques relevant to the field of painting. Studio exercises, self-motivated projects and visits to exhibitions will generate practical and theoretical understanding of how ideas can be developed through contemporary and traditional methodologies within drawing and painting. 

Working directly from observation, exercises and projects give students confidence with the process of paint handling and color mixing. Initially, students will deal with monochromatic subjects in order to develop awareness of tonal values (light and dark). As the semester progresses the complexity of subject matter and the analysis and application of color will allow students to develop a sound ability to depict spatial settings. 

Central to the course is the relationship between drawing and painting. The use of a sketchbook, as a place to visually record ideas and information, which can inspire paintings, is mandatory. The sketchbook and preparatory work will be equal in weight grading to your final paintings. 




LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Demonstrate a verbal understanding of fundamental traditions and problems in painting and apply this with growing skill in representing form within space.

Demonstrate a growing ability to apply color theory, use tone  and compositional strategies within your work.  

Demonstrate an ability within your work  to analyse the interdependency between form and content within paintings. 

Demonstrate an ability to critically reflect  upon your own work and the of others. via group critiques and  visits to museums and galleries.  




TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Mid Term Critique There will be two formal critiques - one at mid-term and the other to be held during finals’ week. All assignments given in class and any independent projects must be completed and presented at the critiques. Students will be required to present their work to the class and will be required to answer questions about their work by the professor. Students will be encouraged to comment on the work of their classmates. Attendance is mandatory. Failure to be present will result in a significant drop in assessment at the end of the term. 25
Final Portfolio Commitment, range of experimentation, resourcefulness, inventiveness, expressiveness, acuity of observation, concision, complexity, improvement, intentionality, spatial clarity, awareness of historical models, and other aspects of technical skill and artistic quality are evaluated. 60
Attendance, participation and contribution to group critiquesAttendance is mandatory. Independent work will be expected from each student. Students should expect to spend at least three a week on developing and finishing projects. 15

-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:
This course introduces the basic issues of oil painting through a series of classic problems: the still life, figure study, portrait and others. Emphasis is on control of color and light and dark value, while building form in a coherent pictorial space. Oil is the preferred medium, and students buy their own materials. The course introduces connections between studio work and the history of painting.
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

 

1.

 

Introduction to course – aims, assessment and materials. 

Initial drawing exercises with graphite and charcoal. Students will explore proportion, tonal values and composition. 

 

2.

Exercises in paint mixing and paint application. 

Creation of tonal gradients. 

 

3.

Collages using prepared tonal gradients. 

Students will explore composition, positive and negative and tonal relationships impact on composition. 

 

4.

Initial painted studies, on paper, of monochromatic set ups.

Issues of economical mark making to generate compositional judgements will be demonstrated and explored. 

 

5.

Monochromatic painting on canvas. 

 

6.

Completion of monochromatic painting. 

 

7. 

Mid Term Critique

 

8.

Color mixing exercises.

Gradients, opposites, transparency and opaqueness. 

 

9.

Color painting of singular object. 

Emphasis will be placed upon accurate representation of color, directional brushstrokes, and the effects of light upon objects.

 

10. 

Initial painted studies in response to installation within studio.

 

11

Color painting on canvas. 

 

12 

Completion of color painting on canvas and preparation of exhibition.