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Art (ART)

ART 050 (GA) Introduction to Painting (3) Introductory experience in making of art through painting media; designed for non-majors seeking a general overview of studio practice.

ART 050 Introduction to Painting (3)
(GA)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

ART 050 is intended as a general survey of the art of painting for non-majors. As a studio offering, emphasis is placed on hands-on studio activities, which promote visual literacy and sensitivity to the various conventions used in the discipline of painting. Students are given the opportunity to briefly explore the various approaches to creating visual images by applying various painting materials, techniques, and concepts. As well, slide presentations, studio visits and museum critiques will augment studio exercises to facilitate a greater awareness of the cultural context in which the art of painting functions.

Students enrolled in this course will be required to participate in the following active learning components:

1. Studio Painting Assignments:
a) Visual concept development: students will be introduced to the various ways that artists create meanings through painting. b) Materials development: through a process of exploration and experimentation, students will learn how to apply various painterly media and tools in creating visual images.
c) Technique development: through a process of exploration, experimentation, and skill development students will learn how to render and model painterly images that range between abstract and realistic representations.

2. Creating a social and historical context for painting through slide presentations, studio visits and museum critiques:
a) Slide presentations: students will be asked to consider the concepts of their creative projects in relationship to paintings by historical and contemporary artists in order to understand the ways in which the two-dimensional aspects and various processes of painting convey meaning.
b) Studio visits: Students will visit the personal studios of local painters to learn how professional artists develop best practices as related to the basic approaches to painting outlined above. Additionally, they will explore and discuss with these artists the concepts expressed in their painted images.
c) Museum critiques: Museum visits will enable students to learn how to engage and respond to actual paintings as compared with those that they experience as slide and book/journal reproductions. The role of museums and galleries in exhibiting paintings will also be discussed.

Grading and evaluation:
Students' painting projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 1) the uniqueness of the visual concepts developed in their studio assignments; 2) the strength of their visual compositions-their ability to communicate concepts clearly; 3) the quality of their craftsmanship-an effective use of materials and procedures and commitment to the studio assignments-the effort expended on each project; 4) Their willingness to participate in critique sessions-a thoughtful and informed interpretation of visual ideas in paintings produced by them in class as well as those discussed during slide presentations, studio visits, and museum critiques.


General Education: GA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Fall 2004

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.