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ART 109 - Watercolor Painting

3 Credits, 5 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 3 lab periods

Introductory course in watercolor painting that explores basic materials, techniques, and development of students’ personal style. Includes compositional elements, materials and tools, mixing colors and properties of watercolor pigments, application methods, developing subject matter and genres, and critique and artistic development.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Develop compositional elements in watercolor, which includes formal pictorial organization.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use a variety of watercolor materials, pigments, brushes, and their specific uses.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to mix colors and create complex colors.
  4. Identify properties of watercolor application.
  5. Demonstrate artistic development by using observational and/or photographic resources in different genres: still-life, landscape, and portrait.
  6. Participate in individual and group critiques and explore and develop personal direction.

  1. Compositional Elements
    1. Line, shape, texture, color
    2. Linear perspective and atmospheric space
    3. Balance, emphasis, and focal points
  2. Materials and Tools
    1. Papers
  1. Hot press
  2. Cold press
  3. Rough
    1. Brushes
  1. Natural and nylons
  2. Mops, sables, ox-hair
  3. Sponges
  4. Newly developed materials
    1. Mixing Colors and Properties of Watercolor Pigments
      1. Hydrate cake paint
      2. Mixing: primary, secondary, tertiary, triads and tetrads
      3. Transparency/opacity
      4. Staining/sediment
    2. Watercolor Application Methods
      1. Washes
  1. Graduated
  2. Flat
  3. Variegated
    1. Wet-into-wet
  1. Dropped in pigment
  2. Edges
  3. Retouching
    1. Textures
  1. Natural
  2. Man-made
    1. Dry brush
    2. Stippling
    3. Glazing
    4. Masking
  1. Tape
  2. Liquid frisket
    1. Developing Subject Matter and Genres
      1. Observational based procedures
      2. Photographic resources
      3. Prepare pre-paint sketches
    2. Critique and Artistic Development
      1. Incorporate critical thinking in creative process
      2. Observe, examine, and discover to create personal direction