Wednesday, August 29, 2018

161 Syllabus-Fall 2018


Painting—Arts 161—Fall 2018
Wednesdays: 2:10 p.m. 5:50 p.m.; Studio 104, Building C
Professor Julia Healy
Jhealy@qcc.cuny.edu
text/cell: 646.285.7976
    
Course Descriptions: Arts 161: Basic elements of oil or acrylic painting, designed for acquisition of skill and technique in the medium. Experiences in realism, abstraction and non-objectivity.

Introduction: This course will explore painting at the beginning level.  Students will receive basic instruction on learning "to see" and develop skills in using form, tone, color and composition. Subjects will include still life works and the landscape. Occasional presentations on historic and contemporary artists will supplement the topics covered. We will have ongoing individual critiques, as well as group critiques and written self-reflections and writing assignments over the course of the semester.

Course Objectives
At the end of the course, students will:
•Employ techniques of mixing and blending color
•Create the effects of three-dimensional forms with shadow and light
•Observe and arrange still life objects into a strong
   composition of forms and shapes
•Analyze personal work through critique and feedback from classmates and
   instructor
•Examine works by other artists that relate to their process
•Identify elements and principles of design in the world around them and translate
   these into paintings
•Create five paintings
•Develop our thinking and writing skills through personal reflections and aesthetic   
   inquiry

Attendance and LatenessAttendance is mandatory and essential to your performance.  There is no substitute for working and participating in class. Three absences are grounds for a failing grade.
    
Please be on time. Class begins promptly at 2:10 p.m. Two tardies can be counted as one absence.  If you will have an ongoing scheduling conflict, please discuss it with me at the beginning of the semester. Note that parking is always an issue, so allow time to find a space or take public transportation.

Make-Up Policy: As a student in this course, it is your responsibility to make certain you obtain information covered, should you miss a session. This syllabus and our blog have the information you need to know as to what we are working on and when it is due. Previously-absent students must come to the following class with all of the appropriate work finished for that class.
    
GradingIndividual grades will be given for each of your paintings and averaged to make up 65% of your grade.  Class participation/attendance will count as 10%, preparation counts as 5% and your written assignments/reflections will count for another 20%. Two unexcused absences will lower your grade by one letter grade. (From a B to a C, for, instance.)

Rubrics will be given for each assignment.

Supplies: See below. Materials and supplies for this class are not inexpensive but if you take care of them, they will last a long time. We will discuss how to approach buying the materials the first class.  You must come prepared to work every week, with all the materials you need. Do not expect other students to lend you paint, brushes and canvases!!!

Sessions:   
8/29            Introduction and Syllabus; Supply Tutorial, Group Abstraction Project

9/5              QCC CONVERSION DAY (MONDAY CLASSES MEET)

9/12            Introduction to the Still Life with Power Point and Demo. Also Nuts on Bolts on Clean-up and Formative Assessment and Peer Assessment (TAG). Simple Tonal Still Life (Painting #1). Bring a small canvas or canvas board (12 x 12" or so), rags, black, white and raw umber paint, turpenoid, brushes of different sizes as below on supply sheet), at least one jar for turp, your palette, brush cleaner and lots of rags!  Reflection Sheet #1 due next week.

9/19            QCC CLOSED FOR THE JEWISH HOLIDAY. NO CLASS.

9/26            Introduction to Color Power Point and Demo.  Begin Fruit Still Life (Painting #2). Bring smallish canvas or canvas board—11 x 14, or 12 x 16, palette, brushes, rags, turpenoid, brush cleaner and all your colors.

10/3            Fruit Still Life (Painting #2), continued and completed. Be prepared to work. Reflection/Writing sheet #2 due next week.

10/10          Critique/Assessment on First Two Paintings (1 & 2) at 2:10 p.m.
followed by
Introduction to Texture Power Point & Demo. Begin Textured Abstraction or Still Life (Painting #3). Bring canvas or canvas board no bigger than 12” x 16", palette, brushes, rags, turpenoid, brush cleaner and all your colors.

10/17          Continue and finish Textured Abstraction or Still Life (Painting #3).  Reflection Sheet #3 due next week and bring landscape photo to paint.

10/24          Introduction to the Landscape. Power Point & Demo. Begin Manikin (for students with little or no drawing experience, Full Figure, Part of Body or Portrait (Painting #4)Bring in canvas or canvas board 14”x 18” or 16” x 20” and all supplies.

10/31          Museum Comp Day—No Class

11/7            Finish (Painting #4).  Reflection #4 due next class. Museum Assignment given out.

11/14          Begin Museum Inspired Painting, (Painting #5). Bring in canvas or canvas board, 14 x 18” or 16 x 20” and all supplied.

11/21          Museum-Inspired Painting, Continued. Reflection #5 due next week.

11/28          Begin Free Choice Painting: Still Life/Figure/Landscape, or two or three! (Painting #6)

12/5            Finish Free Choice: (Painting # 6). Reflection # 6 due next week.

12/12          Final Critique

"ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
 As stated in the current college catalog, any student who needs specific accommodations based on the impact of a disability should register with the office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to be eligible for accommodations, which are determined on an individual basis. The SSD office is located in the Science Building, room S-132 (718-631-6257). Students should also contact their instructor privately to discuss their specific needs."

    
Supplies
I use Dick Blick or Utrecht (online). Michael’s is expensive, except for when canvases are on sale or there are special deals.

Apron or old shirt to use as smock. You will ruin your clothes otherwise!

Container for paints such as a large shoebox, tackle box or canvas tote.

A glass jar or two with a lid for turpenoid. Label with your name.

Soft pencil 4B and eraser (optional)

Scissors (optional)

RAGS: LOTS OF THEM! OLD COTTON BEDSHEETS RIPPED UP, OLD WHITE T-SHIRTS, ETC. NOTHING WITH A NAP, LIKE A TOWEL.

Turpenoid in the BLUE AND WHITE container (not the green one)

Master’s Brush Cleaner

Brushes: DON’T BUY CHEAP SETS…THEY ARE USUALLY A RIP-OFF. Get soft, sable or sableline, Wonder Whites (from Blick), not the stiff hogs-hair kind. Those are harder to control and clean. If you take care of your brushes, they will last a long time.

Minimum Brushes Needed:
BRIGHT SOFT (not bristly) BRUSHES: Choose at least 6 brushes (smalls (0, 1, 2, 4), mediums (6, 8, 10, 12), bigger ones (14, 16, 20, 24)
              
At least 1 ROUND brush smallish (0, 1, 2)
                  
Optional Brushes:  filberts, flats, a fan brush

Palette knife

Palette—Palette paper tear-off pads are fine (12” x 16” gives you enough mixing room)

Paint
Oil is preferable for beginners. If you have to use acrylic, see me. I use Gamblin Paints, but Windsor and Newton, Utrecht, and Grumbacher are also good. The best student grade oil paint is WINTON. Note: Utrecht has introduced new “Cadmium-type” paints that are LEAD-FREE. You may want to try them!

BEWARE: READ THE LABELS…SOME STORES SELL WATER-THINNED OILS THAT WILL NOT WORK WITH REGULAR OILS. DO NOT BUY THEM. READ THE LABELS CAREFULLY. SOMETIMES THEY ARE DISPLAYED NEXT TO THE REAL OIL PAINTS.

Basic Beginning Colors
37 ml tubes of:
Cadmium Red Medium
Cadmium Yellow Light
Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Permanent Green Light
Viridian Green
Burnt Umber
Raw Sienna or Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna
Ivory Black
Large 150ml tube of Titanium White
Optional Colors:
Cadmium Orange
Cerulean
Terra Verte Green or Hooker’s Green
Dioxazine Violet
Magenta
Raw Umber
Payne’s Gray

Supports—stretched canvases or canvas boards or a combination thereof to total 6-7 canvases in all:
3-12” x 16”
1 or 2-14” x 18”
1 or 2- 16” x 20”

Earphones, ipod if you want to “zone out” while painting








262/263 Syllabus


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Painting—Arts 262/263—FALL 2018
Wednesdays; 2:10 p.m. 5:50 p.m.; Office Hour: Wednesdays; 1-2 p.m.; Studio 104, Building C
Professor Julia Healy
Jhealy@qcc.cuny.edu
text/cell: 646.285.7976
    
Introduction: This course will further your exploration of painting.  Students will continue to develop their skills using form, tone, color and composition. Subject matter will include a focus on personal choice including the still life, the landscape and/or portraiture.

Attendance and LatenessAttendance is mandatory and essential to your performance.  There is no substitute for working and participating in class. Three absences are grounds for a failing grade.
    
Please be on time. Class begins promptly at 2:10 p.m. Two tardies can be counted as one absence.  If you will have an ongoing scheduling conflict, please discuss it with me at the beginning of the semester. Note that parking is always an issue, so allow time to find a space or take public transportation.

Make-Up Policy: As a student in this course, it is your responsibility to make certain you obtain information covered, should you miss a session. This syllabus and our blog have the information you need to know as to what we are working on and when it is due. Previously-absent students must come to the following class with all of the appropriate work finished for that class.
    
GradingIndividual grades will be given for each of your paintings and averaged to make up 75% of your grade.  Written reflections will count as 10)%, Class participation/attendance will count as 10%, preparation counts as 5%. Two unexcused absences will lower your grade by one letter grade. (From a B to a C, for, instance.)

I expect you to already know and understand:

262:
•The color wheel
•Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Complimentary Colors
•How to dull colors without using black
•The idea of edge (as opposed to line) in painting
•How to blend
•How to make different marks with the same brush and different brushes
•Composition
•Foreground/Middle Ground/ Background
•The importance of light and dark to create illusion
•How to use texture to great advantage
•The importance of subject matter

263:
•The color wheel
•Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Complimentary Colors
•How to dull colors without using black
•The idea of edge (as opposed to line) in painting
•How to blend
•How to make different marks with the same brush and different brushes
•Composition
•Foreground/Middle Ground/ Background
•The importance of light and dark to create illusion
•How to use texture to great advantage
•The importance of subject matter
•Understand some of the possibilities of glazing, scumbling, sfumato and chiaroscuro.
•Be able to identify transparent colors
•Be able to identify opaque colors
•Have a rudimentary understanding of the interaction of color
ªHave a body of work that exhibits a personal style
•Have a direction you want to explore this semester


Course Objectives
At the end of the course, students will:

•Refine techniques of mixing and blending color
•Create the effects of three-dimensional forms with shadow and light
•Use composition to create dynamic works
•Analyze your personal work through critique and feedback from classmates and the instructor
•Examine works by other artists that relate to their process
•Create five or more paintings, including one inspired by a museum visit.
•Continue to develop thinking and writing skills through personal reflections and aesthetic inquiry

Supplies: See below. Materials and supplies for this class are not inexpensive but if you take care of them, they will last a long time. We will discuss how to approach buying the materials the first class.  You must come prepared to work every week, with all the materials you need. Do not expect other students to lend you paint, brushes and canvases!!!

Sessions:   
8/29           Introduction and Syllabus; Supply Tutorial, Group Abstraction Project. Think about your direction for this semester.

9/5             NO CLASS 9/5—QCC CONVERSION DAY

9/12           Baseline Project, Painting #1. Bring a smallish (11 x 14, 12 x 16”) canvas and all your supplies. We will begin plotting your direction. Bring documentation of previous work.

9/19           NO CLASS. COLLEGE CLOSED FOR JEWISH HOLIDAY

9/26           Baseline Painting #1, continued. Bring new canvas (in case you finish with #1), for next painting.

10/3           Painting #2

10/10                  Painting #2, continued

10/17                  Painting #3

10/24                  Painting #3, continued
             
10/31                  No Class—Comp Day for Museum Trip

11/7           Painting #4 (Inspired by Museum Trip)

11/14                  Museum Trip Painting #4, continued

11/21                  Painting #5

11/28                  Painting #5, continued

12/5           Painting #5 finished

12/12                  Critique

Think about the following:

CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECT MATTER: PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE, ANIMALS, LANDSCAPE, CITYSCAPE, SEASCAPE, HISTORICAL/DOCUMENTARY, ABSTRACTION, ETC.

CONCENTRATION: SCALE, POINT OF VIEW, COLOR EXPLORATION, NARRATIVE,

STYLE/MEDIUM: REALISM, SURREALISM,ABSTRACTION, EXPRESSIONISM, 


"ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
 As stated in the current college catalog, any student who needs specific accommodations based on the impact of a disability should register with the office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to be eligible for accommodations, which are determined on an individual basis. The SSD office is located in the Science Building, room S-132 (718-631-6257). Students should also contact their instructor privately to discuss their specific needs."


Supplies
I use Dick Blick or Utrecht (online). Michael’s is expensive, except for when canvases are on sale or there are special deals.

Apron or old shirt to use as smock. You will ruin your clothes otherwise!

Container for paints such as a large shoebox, tackle box or canvas tote.

A glass jar or two with a lid for turpenoid. Label with your name.

Soft pencil 4B and eraser (optional)

Scissors (optional)

RAGS: LOTS OF THEM! OLD COTTON BEDSHEETS RIPPED UP, OLD WHITE T-SHIRTS, ETC. NOTHING WITH A NAP, LIKE A TOWEL.

Turpenoid in the BLUE AND WHITE container (not the green one)

Master’s Brush Cleaner

Brushes: DON’T BUY CHEAP SETS…THEY ARE USUALLY A RIP-OFF. Get soft, sable or sableline, Wonder Whites (from Blick), not the stiff hogs-hair kind. Those are harder to control and clean. If you take care of your brushes, they will last a long time.

Minimum Brushes Needed:

BRIGHT SOFT (not bristly) BRUSHES: Choose at least 6 brushes (smalls (0, 1, 2, 4), mediums (6, 8, 10, 12), bigger ones (14, 16, 20, 24)
              
At least 1 ROUND brush smallish (0, 1, 2)
                  
Optional Brushes:  filberts, flats, a fan brush
Palette knife

Palette—Palette paper tear-off pads are fine (12” x 16”gives you enough mixing room)

Paint
Oil is preferable for beginners. If you have to use acrylic, see me. I use Gamblin Paints, but Windsor and Newton, Utrecht, and Grumbacher are also good. The best student grade oil paint is WINTON.

Basic Beginning Colors
37 ml tubes of:
Cadmium Red Medium
Cadmium Yellow Light
Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Permanent Green Light
Viridian Green
Burnt Umber
Raw Sienna or Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna
Ivory Black
Large 150ml tube of Titanium White

Optional Colors:
Cadmium Orange
Cerulean Blue
Terra Verte Green or Hooker’s Green
Dioxazine Violet
Magenta
Raw Umber
Payne’s Gray

Supports—stretched canvases or canvas boards or a combination thereof to total 5-6 canvases in all:
3-12” x 16”
1 or 2-14” x 18”
1 or 2- 16” x 20”

Earphones, ipod if you want to “zone out” while painting