Monday, January 3, 2011

Bonjour, Nerds!

Let's try a blog this time. Hopefully it will help everyone stay in tune with what is happening in class.

Here is the current syllabus:
Instructor: Josie Keating
Office: Eden 4 Phone: 888.7321

Beginning Painting II
Winter 2011
Time: MW 12:30-3:20

Course Description: a class that uses painting to explore color, application, space and mark-making. We will be studying the elements and principles of design and how they help make a successful painting. The majority of your work will be completed in class. Your out of work assignments will be looking at art, sketchbook assignments and sketches that prepare you for your painting in class.

Supplies List:

Sketchbook (pencil, pen, eraser, sharpie, tape, gluestick, etc….)
Rags and old clothes to wear if you suspect you will be a messy painter
Butcher tray or plate from thrift store for palatte and wax paper
Painting surfaces: paper, wood, canvas panel or canvases
Brushes: some big, some small.
Paints: yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, burnt umber, ultramarine blue and a BIG tube of white.

Course Policies:

1. Attendance: Since most of your work be done during in-class studio time and feedback from me and your classmates is critical to your artistic growth, your class time presence is essential to your doing well in this course. If you must miss class due to extreme illness or a family emergency you must email beforehand. Ambulatory illnesses, vacation, or other things that are a part of daily life will not be excused. More than three unexcused absences will result in a drop of one full grade. Persistently arriving late and leaving early will add up to an absence. If you do miss a class, be sure to have the phone number or email of a classmate so that you can find out what you missed and talk to me about when an open studio time is that you may make it up.
2. Participation: You must be ready to paint at the start of each class. That means either bringing a surface with you or preparing one at the end of class the time before. During class, you must paint and do so with courage. Experimentation and rigorous engagement with new ideas and techniques are expected.
3. Grading: Your grade is based on attendance, participation and completion of assignments. Any project may be resubmitted. You may meet privately with me at anytime to discuss your progress in class.


All critiques will be held at the beginning of class time of the Monday that the assignment is due. Critiques are where we get and receive feedback on our work. This feedback is vital to the development of your work. All students must attend and participate to receive a grade on the project.

Cell Phones and Texting:
Phones need to be off and there will be no texting or talking on the phone while you are in class.

Sketchbooks will be collected every other Monday. Drawing and doodling are the preparatory work you will do to be prepared for painting.

Week 1:
Go over materials list, classroom policies and enjoy a slideshow on design, art and the painful process. Discuss the elements and principles of design.

Color and Value demonstration. Sketchbook Assignment.

Stayed tuned for more....

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