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Effective: Summer 2017

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: ART 47A.
Advisory: Advisory: ART 4A or 5A; ART 4B, 20A; this course is included in the Painting family of activity courses.
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 will be able to demonstrate intermediate use and understanding of materials and techniques in watermedia
  • A successful student will be able to analyze, understand and duplicate complex professional watermedia techniques
Description -
Study of intermediate techniques using transparent and opaque water-media. Emphasis on intermediate techniques of painting, composition, and design.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. use intermediate techniques in transparent, and opaque water-media paints on various types of watercolor substrates, papers and grounds.
  2. understand intermediate color and design principles and use these principles in developing complex compositions.
  3. recognize complex color and use it expressively and spontaneously developing form, movement and composition directly on the paper.
  4. share through discussion in student critiques an understanding of the cultural and personal differences in their water-media 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. Intermediate lab 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. Intermediate lectures and lab assignments in drawing, designing, and composing in the water color medium exploring appropriate techniques for expressing the subjects painted.
  3. Field lab trips to locations are arranged according to specific complex problems presented to the class. Help with complex technique is given as needed.
  4. Art projects cannot be precisely defined or measured. They naturally offer wide latitude of interpretation. 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 -
Projects will be graded on the basis of the following criteria:
  1. Demonstration of intermediate levels of color mixing and value control in transparent watercolor.
  2. Complex intermixing of transparent and opaque paints on various surfaces.
  3. Complex practice in water-media in washes, glazes and substrates using both transparent and opaque paints.
  4. Creative use of experimental media such as resists, block-out and textural modifiers.
  5. Final class portfolio of water-media projects.
  6. Participation in class discussions. Demonstration of interest and awareness and overall contribution to the class.
Representative Text(s) -
Mayer, Ralph. The Artists Handbook of Materials and Techniques. Viking 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 -
Lecture, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration.
Lab Content -
Painting exercises, multiple intermediate watercolor projects and assignments and practice of multiple intermediate level 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