CCOG for ART 281A Spring 2024

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

Explores intermediate studio painting techniques, materials, and concepts. Further develops and encourages creative problem solving and personal expression. Deepens skills and vocabulary to engage with art through critiques, which address formal, conceptual, and cultural issues. Prerequisites: ART 181. 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 and develop aesthetic and material problems through appropriate use of tools, processes, and techniques of painting.
  • Communicate using intermediate art vocabulary in order to engage in critical conversations about the aesthetics, and social and historical contexts of paintings.
  • Refine expression of personal experience through making paintings.
  • Assess and improve the value and quality of personal work in response 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 and develop paintings in a variety of compositional and perceptual strategies.

●      Generate and expand 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.

●      Assess and critique work to strategize creative solutions.

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

●      Study the interactions of the elements of visual art.

●      Develop the means of solving visual problems in a painting through critical and analytical methods

Outcome Assessment Strategies

●      Demonstrate understanding and control of the tools and techniques of painting through assigned and self generated projects.

●      Develop and refine paintings in response to discussions about aesthetics and content.

●      Evaluate and question painting through written responses to artwork.

●      Actively 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


            Develop personal sensibilities via:

●      Process and material limitations and possibilities

●      Resolving spatial and compositional issues

●      Representation, Abstraction, and Expression

●      Audience


●      Developed translation of perception into paint

●      Intermediate color mixing, matching, and interaction

●      Refined techniques of applying paint

●      Understanding and manipulation of aesthetic choices

●      Critique and self-reflection

●      Appropriate use of vocabulary