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1. Instructor Name: Doug Jaques_

2. ARTS 2316 Painting I
Development of painting skills, techniques, and aesthetic sensibilities related to artistic expression in oil and/or acrylic mediums. Emphasis on color and composition.

PREREQUISITES: ARTS 1316 Drawing I or departmental approval

3. Required Texts/Materials:
There is no one required text for painting I, the instructor may from time to time recommend a book, to suit a student’s personal needs. Students are also encouraged to study any books on painting techniques or on artists from the following instructional resources:
University of Texas Fine Art Library
ACC Northridge Campus Library
Austin Public Library
Vulcan Video

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5 canvas boards 18" x 24"
Damar varnish & linseed oil (Windsor Newton) small bottles – oil
Matte or gloss medium (Liquitex) – acrylic
Odorless turpentine (1 quart) – oil
Rags, paper towels
3" trowel style palette knife – plastic or metal
Palette – large disposable or wood
Some containers such as tin cans. 2 small, medium, 1 large
2". 3", 4" china bristle flats
#8, #10, #12 bristle flats – artist style
1/8", 1/4" fake sable or bristle flats
1/8", 1/4" fake sable or bristle rounds
Titanium white, large tube
Cadmium yellow – or equivalent
Yellow ochre – or oxide
Cadmium orange – or equivalent
Cadmium red medium – or equivalent
Acra Violet (acrylic) Alizarine Crimson (oil)
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
Pthalo green (acrylic) Meridian (oil)
Pthalo blue
Ultramarine blue
Mars black
Tackle box for paints, brushes, etc.


.4 SCANs Competencies (not applicable)

5 Instructional Methodology

1. Technical demonstrations by the instructor – the best way to get painting technique across is to show it, I will demonstrate all of the various techniques necessary for completion of projects.
2. Group class critiques. – as time permits. In the critique, students and instructor discuss merits and weakness of each painting, as well as offer suggestions and constructive criticism.
3. Hands on - the instructor works with students individually on a daily basis, offering technical advice, constructive criticism, and encouragement. In addition, the instructor will provide a technical demonstration either on the students painting with the students permission, or if possible, on the side.
4. Discussion - at the beginning of each new project, the instructor will introduce, explain, and discuss with the students as a group the terminology, philosophy and technique involved in the new project.

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6 Course Rationale
Oil painting is considered the most versatile of the painting mediums in regard to the blending of colors. In this course, students will explore the many possibilities in the blending of different oil colors. They will be required to complete five different paintings which will cover areas from tonal value to color mixing.
Acrylic colors are an important development for all artists today. They have special appeal due to the crisp bright quality of the colors themselves. Acrylics are made from pigment, water, and a polymer binder which dries to a clear film as the water evaporates. This transparent Film reflecting light from the pigment inside it gives acrylic color its brilliance. Acrylic paints dry quickly and are permanent.
You will learn a variety of acrylic techniques to be developed in a step by step process. Supports, grounds, colors, brushes and mediums will produce effects that will become more familiar to you as the semester progresses.
Each student will continue to develop their personal ideas and aesthetics during the 16 week semester. Students will be encouraged to actively seek out artists and periods, which will be of general interest to the classes as a learning tool.
This is a studio course designed for an understanding of good painting techniques, capability and paint handling, and guidance toward a personal direction in painting.
Painting I students will be given a series of basic , concise projects, which will instill proficiency in the use of painting materials and techniques.


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1. Students will familiarize themselves with brushes and canvas and various tools for painting.
2. Students will learn the best ways to use painting tools and equipment for optimum results.
3. Students will learn the properties of value in painting.
4. Students will learn how to apply paint to a surface in a manner, which creates an illusion of space.
5. Students will learn techniques involving paint texture, which are visually stimulating and enhance the illusion of depth.
6. Students will learn the aesthetic, emotional, and spatial properties of the various colors and how to mix them.
7. Students will learn how to apply color in the form of transparent glazes over a monochromatic painting.
8. Students will learn painting vocabulary.
9. Students will be given encouragement, constructive criticism, and technical advice.

. Course Evaluation/Grading System     Return to Top

Each project done during the semester will be handed in for grading. Factors included in evaluation are:
- Use of tools and technique 20 pts
- Composition 20 pts.
- Use of drawing, perspective, value, color, and paint
- Manipulation to create a convincing illusion of form and space 20 pts.
- Visual impact, expressiveness 20 pts.
- Work performance in class – attendance, attentiveness
- Receptiveness, progress, productivity, timely completion,
- Neatness 20 pts.
The final grade will be an average of the grades on all the projects done during the course of the semester


9. Course Policies
Since there is so much to learn and experience in one short semester, every class period is designed to give you information vital to your performance throughout the semester. You are expected to attend all classes. Absences lower the grade. If you have to miss a class, consult with me so that you can make up the work. Punctuality is necessary. It is important that you are in class for the full period from beginning to end.

After three absences, the instructor may withdraw the student. The instructor may withdraw the student or suggest to the student that he withdraw for the following reasons:
If the student falls far behind in the exercises, for any reason
If there is an extreme language barrier between student and instructor
If the instructor finds that the student has insufficient understanding of the course

I do not give incompletes


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Office of Students with Disabilities

Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities. Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do this three weeks before the start of the semester.

Course Outline


Week 1
Introduction and explanation of syllabus, show and discuss art supplies. Demonstration
By instructor of value painting. Students begin monochrome still life paintings.
Week 2 Students complete monochrome still lifes. Discussion and demonstration of alla prima
Week 3 Students finish alla prima paintings. Discussion and demonstration of glazing
Week 4 Students glaze monochrome paintings. Discussion and demonstration of color wheel
And high key painting. Students paint color wheel and begin high key still lifes of
White eggs on a white background.
Week 5 Students finish egg paintings. Demonstration of self portrait painting.
Week 6 Students begin self portraits.
Week 7 Students finish self portraits
Week 8 Discussion of figure painting. Students execute figure paintings.
Week 9 Discussion and demonstration of open air landscape painting. Students
Begin landscape paintings.
Week 10 . Students finish landscape paintings.
Week 11
Discussion of abstract painting. Students begin abstract paintings
Week 12 Students finish abstract paintings.
Week 13 Discussion of non-objective abstract painting. Students begin non-objective
Week 14 .. Students finish non-objective abstractions.
Weeks 15 and 16

Demonstration of stretching and priming the canvas. Open project

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