Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ART 281A
Course Title:
Painting II
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Course Description

Explores ways of seeing and elaborates on intermediate painting techniques, materials, and concepts while relating to historical and contemporary issues. Presents a conceptual framework for critical analysis along with basic art theory. Prerequisites: Three terms of ART 181 or ART 181C or instructor permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The course may include demonstrations, slides, lectures, videos/films and field trips.This course is the first of a three course sequenceA minimum of 3 hours of homework per week in the form of private exploration of the concepts and processes introduced in class will be required.College level reading comprehension is necessary.Art 281 fulfills Arts and Letters requirements for Gen. Ed., block transfer and PCC graduation.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:1. Solve increasingly complex aesthetic problems creatively, using strategies for expressing visual ideas through the painting medium. 2. Create personal works of art, which demonstrate an intermediate knowledge of the painting discipline, and the processes, materials, and techniques associated with it. 3. Ask meaningful questions, identify topical issues, and employ an expanded vocabulary in critical dialogue about the painting discipline. 4. Understand, interpret, and appreciate painting from different cultures, facilitating increased engagement with the diversity of perspectives in the human experience. 5. Enjoy a more sophisticated awareness of the physical world, the nature of the relationship of human beings to it, and our impact on it via the experience of painting. 6. Implement increased self-critiquing skills en route to autonomous expression through painting with respect to the standards established in contemporary and historical works of art.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will:•Discover various processes by which the artist sees nature, conceives ideas and executes a painting.•Examine aspects of the conceptual process such as experiencing, visualizing, symbolizing, playing, and imagining.•Bring all human senses to the experience of painting.•Participate in studio work sessions, class discussions, and critiques.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

•Discuss the interaction of color in terms of hue, value, and intensity and its effect on the visual statement and its relation to painting.•Study and learn the basic elements of art such as; color, line, value, texture, shape, volume and mass, composition, and spatial illusion.•Learn to use acrylic and/or oil paint for translation of ideas.•Experience various painting surfaces such as stretched canvas (prepared in class), canvas board, masonite, and paper.•Begin to develop means of solving visual problems in a painting through critical and analytical methods, such as; examining compositional devices, observing interaction between positive and negative space/shape, demonstrating the difference between pictorial space and actual space, and becoming familiar with historical styles by comparing paintings.Assessment: Assessment is based on conceptual understanding, quality of work, participation in critiques, progress, effort, and attendance. A written examination, quizzes, written assignments and a journal may be required. The primary purpose of the Course Content and Outcome Guide is to provide faculty a SAC approved outline of the course. It is not intended to replace the Course Syllabus, which details course content and requirements for students.