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Effective: Summer 2017

Advisory: Advisory: ART 4A or 5A; ART 4B, 20A; this course is included in the Painting family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in ART 47.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student can apply basic watercolor techniques in painting.
  • A successful student can use color and design principles to develop basic compositions.
  • A successful student will be able to use artists materials to create watercolor paintings.
  • A successful student will be able to create art using transparent watercolor on various types of paper.
Description -
Study of transparent and opaque watercolor techniques. Emphasis on basic techniques of painting and composition.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. use transparent, and opaque water-base paints on various types of watercolor papers and grounds.
  2. to use color and design principles in developing basic compositions.
  3. use color expressively and spontaneously developing form, movement and composition directly on the paper, rather than copying preconceived drawings or plans.
  4. share through discussion in student critiques the cultural and personal differences in their art work.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Tables, chairs or stools, sink area.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Exercises structured to define and explore the various relationships between color terms such as value intensity, and brilliance, and their application in water color.
  2. Assignments in drawing, designing, and composing in the water color medium exploring appropriate techniques for expressing the subjects painted.
  3. Field trips to locations are arranged according to specific problems presented to the class. Help with technique is given as needed.
  4. Since art projects cannot be precisely defined or measured they naturally offer wide latitude of interpretation. Some student assignments may be concerned with a diversity of personal experiences and cultural heritages and therefore bring these perspectives into a shared activity. The art classroom offers multiple opportunities to illustrate concepts by artists representing broad cultural and personal histories.
Methods of Evaluation -
Individual projects will be graded on the basis of some or all of the following criteria:
  1. Demonstration of color mixing and value control in transparent watercolor.
  2. Intermixing of transparent and opaque paints on various surfaces.
  3. Practice in painting in direct response to the motif using both transparent and opaque paints.
  4. Creative use of experimental media such as resists, block-out and textural modifiers.
  5. Participation in class discussions. Demonstration of interest and awareness and overall contribution to the class.
Representative Text(s) -
Craig, Diana and Hazel Harrison. The New Encyclopedia of Watercolor Techniques. Reprint edition. Running Press, 2010.

Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it remains a seminal text in this area of study.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Method of instruction include but are not limited to lecture, electronic discussions/chat, laboratory, and demonstration.
Lab Content -
Painting exercises, watercolor projects and assignments and practice of multiple traditional and experimental watercolor techniques.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Gallery/museum reports
  2. Review of handouts and relevant reading material
  3. Research and planning of individual creative projects
  4. Weekly reading and study of the textbook
  5. Internet research