ART 181 : Beginning Painting

Transcript title

Beginning Painting



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Other hours


Recommended preparation

ART 115 and ART 131.


Introduces materials and techniques of painting, using alkyd oil, acrylic, and/or water-soluble oil paints. Provides essential painting skills such as building canvas supports, stretching canvas, and preparing painting grounds. Subject matter for paintings will vary.

Learning outcomes

1. Use painting materials and tools.
2. Use pigment and medium to paint value, color, and intensity.
3. Create original paintings that incorporate the elements of art, principles of design, and compositional strategies.
4. Analyze the works of significant contemporary and historical painters.
5. Contextualize self-created work within the historical and cultural traditions of painting.
6. Use media-specific terminology receive and provide feedback.

Content outline

I. Materials and techniques using alkyd oil, acrylic and/or water-soluble oil paints
II. Building canvas supports, stretching canvas, and preparing painting grounds
III. References for paintings
IV. Historical and contemporary paintings
V. Constructive critique, giving and receiving

Required materials

Students will need to provide specific materials used in this course, please see the syllabus for a detailed list.

Grading methods

Grading is based on assignment completion and participation in discussions and critiques of assignments.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Arts and Letters

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