Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ART 281B
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: One term of ART 281 or ART 281A 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 second of a three course sequence
  • A 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 281B 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 complex strategies for expressing visual ideas through the painting medium.
  2. Create personal works of art, which demonstrate a strong understanding 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 advanced self-critiquing skills en route to autonomous expression through painting with respect to the standards established in contemporary and historical works of art.

Course Activities and Design

  • Explores and expands basic studio painting techniques, materials, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues.
  • Presents a conceptual framework for critical analysis along with basic art  theory.
  • The course may include demonstrations, slides, lectures, video/films and field trips.
  • Build upon current skill set with the intent of working towards technical and conceptual proficiency.
  1. Create paintings that incorporate a variety of technical skills with an awareness of the inherent characteristics of different painting processes.
  2. Begin to generate ideas/concepts with an awareness of the intended content of the work produced.
  3. Build upon current skill set with the intent of working towards technical proficiency.
  4. Develop safe studio practices in regards to the handling of tools, chemicals and machinery within a communal studio space.
  5. Further expand and utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to painting when participating in class critiques and discussions.
  6. Begin to assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.
  7. Begin to develop personal work with an awareness of historical and contemporary artists working in painting.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will:

  • Experience 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.