ART 281 : Intermediate Painting
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
Continued exploration of the materials and techniques of painting, with an emphasis on color theory and personal expression, using still life, portrait, figure, landscape, and abstraction. Explores the application of compositional principles using the grid, sequential imagery, diptych and triptych, and continuous field. Introduces students to methodology for the professional documentation, promotion, and exhibition of original artwork. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated for credit.
1. Use the materials and tools of painting, including palette, brushes, paints, paper, canvas and non-traditional supports.
2. Apply the Visual Elements of Art, Principles of Design, and compositional strategies to the creation of original paintings.
3. Investigate and identify a color theory that is compatible with a chosen painting medium, and locate original work produced for this course within the historical and cultural traditions of painting.
4. Create a sequential group of paintings that explores personal color palette, personal iconography and scale.
5. Discuss and write an artist’s statement explaining the techniques, content, and historical and social context of proposed original artwork.
6. Create paintings that convey understanding of the physics of light and the reflective and saturation qualities of chosen pigments.
7. Engage in individual and group critiques, analyzing and critically assessing work, receiving and providing feedback, and stimulating peer discussion.
• Materials and techniques using alkyd oil, oil and/or water-soluble oil paints and mediums
• Studio emphasis on exploration, self-expression and nontraditional supports
• Color theory
• Personal expression
• Still life
• Compositional principles
• The grid
• Sequential imagery and continuous field
Students will need to provide specific materials used in this course, please see the syllabus for a detailed list.
Grading is based on participation in labs, discussions and critiques of completed assignments and the development of critiques and ideas demonstrated in portfolio reviews.
General education/Related instruction lists
- Arts and Letters