CCOG for ART 181A Spring 2024

Course Number:
ART 181A
Course Title:
Painting I
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Course Description

Explores basic studio painting techniques, materials, and concepts. Develops and encourages creative problem solving and personal expression. Introduces basic skills and vocabulary to engage with art through critiques, which address formal, conceptual, and cultural issues. Recommended: ART 115 or ART 116 or ART 131. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The course includes demonstrations, lectures, images, videos and possible field trips. Homework assignments will explore the concepts and processes introduced in class through painting and writing activities.

Intended Outcomes for the course

 Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Solve aesthetic and material problems through appropriate use of tools, processes, and techniques of painting.
  • Communicate using basic art vocabulary in order to engage in critical conversations about the aesthetics, and social and historical contexts of paintings.
  • Express personal experience through making paintings.
  • Assess the value and quality of artwork in relation to the practices and standards of painting.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

The study of Visual Arts is essential to the development of the individual and one’s meaningful participation in society. At the heart of artistic practice is the ability to organize experience and recognize its meaning. The creation of artwork and appreciation of aesthetics is a source of great pleasure and also a valuable means to effective visual communication. Participating in Visual Arts is an important way for individuals to connect to the past and respond to the present with a stronger sense of engagement with culture and society.

Course Activities and Design

●      Create paintings in a variety of compositional and perceptual strategies.

●      Generate ideas with an awareness of the content of the work produced.

●      Utilize an effective vocabulary specific to painting when participating in class critiques and discussions.

●      Begin to assess and critique work to strategize creative solutions.

●      Generate personal work with an awareness of historical and contemporary artists working in the tradition of painting.

●      Study and learn the basic elements of visual art.

●      Begin to develop the means of solving visual problems in a painting through critical and analytical methods.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

●      Demonstrate an understanding of the tools and techniques of painting through assigned projects.

●      Generate paintings in response discussions to about aesthetics and content.

●      Evaluate painting through written responses to artwork.

●      Participate in class critiques and discussions.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


●      Visual Perception

●      Paint application and surface treatment

●      Painting as visual communication


●      Visual elements

●      Paint application, tools and material choices as choices

●      Composition as content


●      Process and material limitations and possibilities

●      Resolving spatial and compositional issues

●      Representation, Abstraction, and Expression

●      Audience


●      Translation of perception into paint

●      Color mixing, matching, and interaction

●      Techniques of applying paint

●      Understanding of aesthetic choices

●      Critique and self-reflection

●      Appropriate use of vocabulary

●      Proper handling and disposal of materials.