ART 181 : Beginning Painting

Transcript title

Beginning Painting



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


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Recommended preparation

ART 115 and ART 131.


Introduces materials and techniques of painting, using alkyd oil, acrylic, and/or water-soluble oil paints. Teaches essential painting skills such as building canvas supports, stretching canvas, and preparing painting grounds. Emphasizes studio experience using still life, self-portrait, landscape, and the figure.

Learning outcomes

1. Select and use the materials and tools of painting, including palette, brushes, paints, paper and canvas.
2. Apply the principles of color mixing, contemporary and historical uses of color, and understand the relationship between color and the mood or message of a painting.”
3. Paint through the elements of value, hue and intensity using the chosen pigment and medium.
4. Apply the Visual Elements of Art, Principles of Design, and compositional strategies to the creation of original paintings.
5.Identify the names and analyze the works of several significant contemporary and historical painters.
6. Use studio time effectively.
7. Engage in individual and group critiques, analyzing and critically assessing work, receiving and providing feedback, and stimulating peer discussion.
8. Contextualize work produced for this course within the historical and cultural traditions of painting.

Content outline

1. Materials and techniques using alkyd oil, acrylic and/or water-soluble oil paints.
2. Building canvas supports, stretching canvas and preparing painting grounds.
3. Studio experience using still life, self-portrait, landscape and the figure.
4. Identification and analysis of historical and contemporary paintings.

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 participation in labs, discussions and critiques of completed assignments and the development of critiques and ideas demonstrated in portfolio reviews.

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