Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 07/01/2013; 10/01/13

1. Description -
The theory and practice of acrylic painting and continuation of ART 19B. Building on fundamental, acrylic painting skills to develop personalized style, complex subject matter, color theory and composition.
Prerequisite: ART 19B.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: This course is included in the Painting family of activity courses.

2. 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 acrylic media to create a series of thematic paintings
  6. Examine and describe historical and contemporary developments, trends, materials, and approaches in acrylic painting
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Easels, stools, 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.

4. 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 acrylic 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 acrylic water media
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. 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 verbal critiques
  3. Written essays
  4. Written participation in lectures of historical and contemporary painting
  5. Painting revisions
7. Representative Text(s) -
Gury, Al. Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting. Ist ed. Watson-Guptill, 2009.
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.
The above text is a definitive text in the field.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentation using the language of acrylic painting.
  2. Discussion using the language of contemporary and historical acrylic paintings.
  3. Demonstration of using mix media and acrylic paint, acrylic mediums, brushes, supports, techniques and methods.
  4. Critique and group presentation of intermediate mix media, oil, acrylic or watercolor painting projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
10. Lab Content -
  1. Exploration of personal approaches to acrylic or mix media painting materials and paint application.
  2. Organization and application of a personal approach to composition
  3. Safety rules and procedures related to the handling of painting materials.
  4. Evaluation and application of more intermediate and expressive uses of color theory.
  5. Painting complex models and expressive subject matter such as still life, the figure or space.
  6. Written essay discussing contemporary subject matter, topics and trends in painting

11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Copy of a master or contemporary acrylic or mix media painting. Research the artwork, the artist, the style, subject matter, content and context. Write an essay or paper describing the artwork. Write a self critique describing the process of making an artist copy or study.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the A.A. degrees and Certificates of Achievement in Art and Art: Studio Emphasis.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-05-04 13:15:37

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines