ART 2883 : Water Media Painting
Section 1 : M,T,W,TH 9:10am – 12:00pm, 328 ART BUILDING
Instructor: John Norris
COURSE OBJECTIVE: The goal of 2883 is to engage students in water media; principally watercolor painting. We will mainly engage in subject matter including still life, landscape, and portraiture. As the class proceeds, students will be able to propose their own subjects and pursue individualistic projects.
REQUIREMENTS: Bring materials. Come to class. Work hard. Do homework assignments. Turn them in on time. Pretty straight forward stuff.
ATTENDANCE & CLASS PARTICIPATION: Unexcused absences will result in a drop in the student’s participation grades. Excused absences must be in the form of documentation from the source of the absence. Tardiness, leaving early, taking excessive breaks will also cause your grade to fall. In-class cooperation also affects your grade, and this means coming to class prepared, being actively engaged, and working throughout class on your assignment to come up with the best possible outcome. NO CELL PHONE ACTIVITY WHATSOEVER DURING CLASS.
GRADING: Grading will be based on daily assignments (which will be submitted in portfolio form), homework, and class participation. The daily assignments will make up 50% of your grade, the homework 25%, and participation 25%.
A: 90 - 100% B: 80 - 90% C: 79 - 80% D: 60 - 69% F: 0 - 59%
Daily assignment and homework grades will be based on the following elements: 1) Indications that the student has understood the assignment and is employing its specific techniques. 2) a sense of quality showing that the students has invested a significant amount of time and focus into the assignment. 3) The overall success of the final image based on formal elements (composition, line quality, sense of light & volume, etc.) as well as creativity. TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS LATE AUTOMATICALLY REDUCES YOUR GRADE. IF YOU ARE CONFUSED ABOUT GRADING, FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS.
COURSE OUTLINE: Watercolor skills develop through making many, many watercolor paintings. We will generally start fresh everyday with a new work that you may finish in class or may finish outside of class. Often, you will receive additional homework assignments to be completed entirely outside of class.
BLOG: Handouts will also occasionally be made available. However, students will usually receive additional info, image examples, assignment specifications, and portfolio details via the following blog:
You will be expected to check this regularly as part of your class participation. Please be aware that the blog is SUPPLEMENTAL and that checking the blog regularly is in no way a substitute for the information given in class.
MATERIALS: Students will be required to purchase the following materials. Materials can be found at Co-op, Hobby Lobby, & the Union Bookstore:
- 7x10 (or close) Watercolor Paper Field Book (Pro Art or similair)
- 9H, 6H, 2H Graphite Pencils w/sharpener
- #2 & #5 Round Windsor & Newton Watercolor Brush
- 10mm Flat Windsor & Newton Watercolor Brush
- Windsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Paints: 8ml Tubes in Cadmium Yellow Hue, Viridian Hue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Hue, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Ivory Black
- Paper Towels
- Watercolor cups and pallets
- Watercolor Sponge (optional)
- Small Spray bottle for water (optional)
WE WILL DISCUSS THE PURCHASE OF OTHER MATERIALS FOR INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS AS WE PROCEED.