ART-116: Painting I

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Art (Art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Painting I
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC, ART-101 and ART-102, or Instructor Permission.
Catalog Course Description

A beginning level college painting class that explores traditional and contemporary approaches in observational painting. This class meets for six (6) hours a week.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

Students in this course will develop an awareness of the basic concepts, methods, and materials involved in oil painting. Exercises are designed to build upon skills developed in previous art classes while learning about the unique capabilities of oil paint. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding the painting process as a concept of dynamic color/shape relationships.

Core Course Topics
  1. Vocabulary

    Apply all assigned vocabulary terms in class discussions.

  2. Preparation

    Maintain an organized palette with all related materials for oil painting.

  3. Color mixing

    Demonstrate the ability to apply colors, mediums and solvent, and learn to mix them according to their attributes and color range necessary for individual projects.

  4. Brushwork

    Compare the attributes of each type of brush and use them successfully for various desired effects.

  5. Traditional techniques

    Demonstrate knowledge about grisaille, glazing, scumbling, and feathering approaches in painting.

  6. Contemporary techniques

    Demonstrate knowledge about alla prima, impasto, open edge effects, and color blocks interaction approaches in painting

  7. Values

    Compose and describe forms using monochrome value as the principle means of development.

  8. Individualize palettes

    Create a still life image restricted to warm/cool colors.

  9. Canvas stretching

    Demonstrate the ability to stretch a canvas on standard stretcher bars.

  10. Copy masterwork

    Create a copy of a masterpiece painting focusing on color, composition, and proportion.

  11. Self-portrait

    Create a self-portrait with emphasis on composition, color, and proportion.

Detailed Learning Objectives (Optional)

This class meets 6 hours a week.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. A pre-instruction painting will be done on the first full day of class to compare with work done at the end of the semester.
  2. Class participation
  3. Class critiques
  4. Portfolio reviews
  5. Quizzes and/or exams as determined by the instructor that will be described in course syllabi.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement
Effective Term
Winter 2022