Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Rubrics for Apples

   161 Rubrics—Red and Green Apples—Possible Points: 20


I have used and filled the space well—the apples are not TOO SMALL, and composition is interesting.
4—Yes, completely true
3—Somewhat, mostly true
2—My apples are a bit small and the background is too extensive
1—Not so much

Paint Application:
My paint is thoughtfully and cleanly applied
2—Here and there, yes
1—Not so much—I need to work on this

Light and Darks (Contrast):
I have light lights and dark darks and middle tones and I have used the complementary colors to make my tones less gray.
4—Yes! The contrast is strong, the painting pops and I used complimentary colors
3—Either the darks or lights could be more contrasted
2—My tones are too similar and flatness results and I didn’t use complimentary colors to make my darks
1—I have not shown much contrast in my shading and there is no use of complimentary colors

My tonal jumps are not visible.
3—Here and there the tonal jumps can be noticed
2—Some jumps are obvious
1—Not smooth at all

My background enhances my painting.
4—Yes. It contrasts with the apples
3—Somewhat, yes…maybe could be lighter or darker to make the painting stronger
2—It neither hurts or helps the apples
1—My background is non- existent or problematic and does not help the painting

A= 17-20
B= 14-16
C= 8-13
D= 5-7

Sunday, February 4, 2018

161 Syllabus

Painting—Arts 161—Spring 2018
Wednesdays: 2:10 p.m. 5:50 p.m.; Studio 104, Building C
Professor Julia Healy
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
•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   

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 60% of your grade.  Class participation/attendance will count as 10%, preparation counts as 5% and your written assignments/reflections will count for another 10%. The Museum Paper will count 15%. 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!!!

Writing Help: You may want to refer to a very helpful website operated by Purdue University: 
The format to use is the MLA one and they have many resources available to help you make your writing better.


Week 1: 1/31—Introduction and Syllabus; Supply Tutorial, Group Abstraction Project

Week 2: 2/7—Introduction to the Still Life with Power Point and Demo. Also Nuts on Bolts on Clean-up. Tonal Ball (Painting 1). Bring a square 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.

Week 3: 2/14 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.

Week 4: 2/21— Fruit Still Life (Painting 2), continued and completed. Be prepared to work. Reflection/Writing sheet #2 due next week.

Week 5: 2/28— 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.

Week 6: 3/7 – Continue and finish Textured Abstraction or Still Life (Painting 3).  Reflection Sheet #3 due next week.

Week 7: 3/14— Introduction to the Figure Power Point & Demo. Begin Figure or Body Part (Painting 4)Bring in canvas or canvas board 14”x 18” or 16” x 20” and all supplies.

Week 9: 3/28— Finish your Figure or Body Part (Painting 4).         Bring landscape photo or photos to the next class. Reflection #4 due next class.

SCHOOL CLOSED for Easter Break from 3/30—4/8; No Class on 4/4

April 11—Conversion Day—No Class—School is on a Friday Schedule

Week 10: 4/18—Introduction to the Landscape Power Point & Demo. Begin Landscape, (Painting 5). Bring in canvas or canvas board, 14 x 18” or 16 x 20” and all supplied.

Week 11: 4/25—Landscape, Continued. Reflection #5 due next week.

Week 12: 5/2—Begin Free Choice Painting: Still Life/Figure/Landscape (Painting #6)

Week 13: 5/9—Finish Free Choice: Still Life/ Figure/Landscape, (Painting # 6). Museum Assignment Due. Reflection # 6 due next week.

Week 14: 5/16—Critique

 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."

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)


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)

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 Medium
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
Terra Verte Green or Hooker’s Green
Dioxazine Violet
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”

Optional Fold-Up Table Easel (Black kind is best)

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

                          Expectations: Checklist for Success—Prof. Healy-Painting 161


Attendance and Lateness: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Prepared: Supplies Brought (Including RAGS!!!)
­___ Week 2
___ Week 3
___ Week 4
___ Week 5
___ Week 6
___ Week 7
___ Week 8
___ Week 9
___ Week 10
___ Week 11
___ Week 12
___ Week 13
___ Week 14

___ Tonal Painting #1
___ Reflection #1
___ Fruit Still Life Painting #2
___ Reflection #2
___ Texture Painting #3
___ Reflection #3
___ Figure/Body Painting #4
___ Reflection #4
___ Landscape Painting #5
___ Reflection #5
___ Free Choice
___ Free Choice Reflection

Participation Notes:

Reflection Sheet


Painting Assignment________________________________________________

Briefly describe the experience of making this work:

Did anything surprise you? Frustrate you? Discuss.

If you had to make this work over again, how would you change it?

What do you want to concentrate on learning in your next painting?