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 with P/NP option
 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 -
Study of intermediate techniques using transparent and opaque water-media. Emphasis on intermediate techniques of painting, composition, and design.
Prerequisite: ART 47A.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: ART 4A or 5A; ART 4B, 20A; this course is included in the Painting family of activity courses.

2. 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.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
A.Tables, chairs or stools, sink area.
  • When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

  • 4. 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.
    5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
    6. 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.
    7. Representative Text(s) -
    Craig, Diana. The New Encyclopedia of Watercolor. Running Press Publishers. 2010.
    Mayer, Ralph. The Artists Handbook of Materials and Techniques. Viking Press. 2010.

    8. Disciplines -
    9. Method of Instruction -
    Lecture, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration,.
    10. Lab Content -
    Painting exercises, multiple intermediate watercolor projects and assignments and practice of multiple intermediate level traditional and experimental watercolor techniques
    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 -
    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
    13. Need/Justification -
    This course is a restricted support course for an AA degree in Studio Art.

    Course status: Active
    Last updated: 2013-11-12 10:45:13

    Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines