ART 341/441 – Watercolor 1I/III Syllabus - Fall 2013

ART 341/441 – Watercolor 1I/III Syllabus - Fall 2013
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh / Art Department
ART 341/441: Watercolor II/III
Fall 2013, MoWe 8:00-10:10, A/C S218
Instructor: Trina May Smith
E-mail: [email protected]
Office Hours: 12:45-1:30 pm Mon/Wed. A/C 521 (or in the
labs… rm 219 or 218)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course students will engage with
technical, practical, and concept based problems involved with
the practice of water-based painting. Students will have the
freedom to follow their own painting interests, completing 7-10
Course Requirements:
In Class Work Time: You will be expected to be working on
paintings for the full class time.
Homework Assignments: You will be expected to work on your
paintings for a MINIMUM of 5 hours outside of class each week.
You will discuss your “homework” progress with Trina on Monday of
every week. In addition throughout the course of the term you
will have readings and research that you will be doing and you
will write a statement of intent that will be transitioned into
an artist statement toward the end of the term.
Participation: Come to class prepared. Bring all materials and
supplies you will need for that day. Fully engage in critiques
and discussions.
Surface Preparation: Be sure to have your paper (or desired
surface) stretched and/or ready to go for class. Plan ahead!
Make sure that you have at least one painting that you are
actively progressing each class.
Portfolios will be collected at three different times in the
term. The first two will coincide with group critiques and the
third with be the final and coincide with an individual critique
with Trina.
Preliminary Work: At times you will be required to show your
process and/or find artists that you are interested in and
collect images etc.
1) Composition and technical resolve.
Overall “balance” of
the picture plane, technical resolve of color, execution
(edge quality, drawing elements, etc.), and material
application: 50%
2) Concept/ Interest: Creative problem solving both
technical and interpretive: originality and depth of
exploration of the assignment: 50%
Grading Scale:
A = 100% -93%
A- = 92% - 90%
B+ = 89% - 87%
B = 86%- 83%
B- = 82% - 80%
C+ = 79% - 77%
C = 76% - 73%
C- = 72% - 70%
D = 69% - 60%
F = < 60%
A = Going above and beyond to produce a superior product.
Consistently excellent work. The depth of research, amount of
growth, and personal involvement exceed expectations of a student
at this level. All technical and conceptual elements are fully
resolved, and the student is committed and engaged in critiques
and discussions during class.
B = Consistently above average work. Student exhibits technical
and creative growth through the course of the term and engages
beyond the minimum in critiques and discussions as well as the
completion of class assignments.
C = Meets the minimum requirements for each assignment. Shows
technical and creative capabilities, turns work in on time, and
participates in class critiques and discussions.
D = Below average performance. Student consistently does not
meet the minimum requirements but is still showing an effort and
turning in work and participating in class critiques and
F = Either student misses too many classes (more then 4) or does
not complete the required work.
Re-doing Projects:
If you are unsatisfied with a portfolio grade you may rework
pieces as many times as you desire. Only the highest grade
earned on any single assignment will be recorded.
Attendance is expected at all times. Three (3) absences are
allowed without penalty. Two Subsequent absences will result in
a drop of a half of a letter grade each. Six (6) absences will
result in an “F” for the semester. Excessive lack of
preparation, tardiness and leaving early will also affect the
final grade.
- If you are texting, talking on the phone, on facebook, etc you
will be marked absent for the day.
Special needs:
I wish to assure that all students are fully included in this
course. Please let me know within the first two weeks of class if
you need any special accommodations in carrying out assignments,
in participating in classroom instruction, or other aspects of
the course. Please make an appointment to discuss these issues
with me – it is difficult to maintain confidentiality when
talking before and after class.
Please note that due to the
unique, participatory nature of a studio lab course,
accommodation cannot include extensions of the stated
attendance/absence policy. I will try to maintain
confidentiality of the information you share with me.
If you have a situation where you will be missing class for a
major medical issue, family emergency, or extreme sickness: A
note from your doctor and/or the dean of students is needed in
order for the absence to be excused. After 3 of these excused
absences you will need to work with me and the Dean of Students
to negotiate a strategy for meeting the requirements of the class
MATERIALS and Supplies: Art Haus or Hobby Lobby are both
excellent sources for supplies in town.
Tubes of paint:
o Cadmium Red (medium)
o Alizarin Crimson
o Burnt Sienna
Ultramarine Blue
Phthalo Blue
Paynes Grey
Cadmium Yellow
Yellow Ocre
Van Dyke Brown
o #6, #12 Round (Sable)
o ½” Wash (flat) brush
o 1” or larger flat brush
o Small round brush to be used exclusively for
Masking Fluid
o I recommend a minimum of 140lb sized watercolor
Additional Supplies:
o 2B Pencil
o Erasers. Both Plastic and Kneaded
o Masking Fluid
o Waterproof black ink
o Pen and nib(s) for drawing with ink
o Palette: Something with a white base is best.
Minimum 12x16”
o Water container
o Tackle box or something to hold supplies
o Sponge
o Towel (for blotting brushes)
o Portfolio (paper is fine. It is fine if you want
to make one out of cardboard or other stiff
material.) Minimum 26 x 34 inches
o Drawing Board. Minimum of 20 x 26”
o Roll of masking tape.
o Lock (for lockers in basement)