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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: ART 19A.
Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Painting family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

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Description -
The theory and practice of oil painting and continuation of Oil Painting I. Building on fundamental, oil painting skills to develop personalized style, complex subject matter, color theory and composition.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Apply intermediate color theory to express a personal point of view
  2. Model complex still life, landscape, the figure or abstraction
  3. Organize the canvas or panel using a personal approach to composition
  4. Develop expressive content through manipulation of mark, color and stroke
  5. Use oil media to create a series of thematic paintings
  6. Examine and describe historical and contemporary developments, trends, materials, and approaches in oil painting
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Tables, stools, sink and storage space for each student. Still life storage area, room darkening drapes, portable lighting equipment.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access using Etudes, ongoing access to a computer with e-mail address, software and hardware, and internet access.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Color theory and meaning
    1. Monochromatic color that expresses mood or personal expression
    2. Analogous color that expresses mood or personal expression
  2. Model complex subject matter
    1. Space
      1. An exterior space or landscape
      2. An interior space
    2. The human figure
      1. Self-portrait
      2. A human image or human form
    3. Still-life
      1. A still life that represents personal meaning
      2. A surrealist still life
    4. Abstraction
  3. Creative or personal approach to the organization of composition
    1. Different size or shaped supports- square or rectangles
    2. A series of thematic paintings that use the same subject matter or style
  4. Develop expressive content through manipulation of mark, color and stroke
  5. Use oil paint to create a series of thematic paintings
  6. Examine and describe historical and contemporary developments, trends, materials
    1. Mix Media
    2. Mixing opaque and transparent oil water media
Methods of Evaluation -
The following evaluation methods may include but are not limited to:
  1. Portfolio review-Each painting will be evaluated for technical ability, craftsmanship and personal creative and conceptual approaches
  2. Written or oral critiques
  3. Written or participation in lectures or dialogues of historical and contemporary painting
  4. Painting revisions
Representative Text(s) -
Gury, Al. Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting. Ist ed. Watson-Guptill, 2009.
Freil,Michael. Still Life Painting Atelier: An Introduction to Oil Painting, Watson-Guptill, 2010.
Godrey, Tony. Painting Today. Phaidon Press, 2009.
Robertson, Jean and Craig McDaniel. Painting as a Language: Material, Technique, Form, and Content. 1st ed. Wadsworth Publishing, 1999.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentation using the language of oil painting.
  2. Discussion using the language of oil painting.
  3. Demonstration of using oil paint, brushes, supports, techniques and methods.
  4. Critique and group presentation of oil painting projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
Lab Content -
  1. Exploration of physical properties of oil painting materials.
  2. Organization and application of the basic formal elements and principles of design as they relate to painting.
  3. Safety rules and procedures related to the handling of oil painting materials.
  4. Evaluation and application of basic principles of color theory.
  5. Lecture or demonstration of the construction and preparation of oil painting surfaces and papers.
  6. Mixing oil paint on a palette.
  7. Painting basic subject matters such as still life or landscape space projects from observation.
  8. Creative use of experimental media such as resists, block-out and textural modifiers.
  9. Practice in painting in direct response to the motif using both transparent and opaque paints

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Write an artist statement describing the personal series of paintings completed in this course
  2. Take a field-trip to a local contemporary oil painting exhibition and write a gallery report.
  3. Read contemporary painting theory