Course Description: Painting students will develop observation and accuracy skills as they progress through a variety of classroom assignments. A wide range of media will be used as we study painting, including: tempura/watercolor/acrylic paints, ink, collage, and others. Students will continue to develop compositional understanding by applying the elements and principles of design to their sketches/drawings/finished works. A variety of artists will be studied as students discover how they are relevant in art history and to the individual students’ work. Students will be expected to participate in oral and written critiques about their own work and the works of artists.

Why painting?

–       Drawing is the essential and very basic part of art production; we can draw with our paint brushes too!

–       Painting and drawing develops hand and eye coordination, which, in turn, makes your works more accurate.

–       Creating art trains us to really “see” rather than simply “look” and become better observers of the world around us.

–       Painting requires practice, patience, good technical use of the medium, and the imagination.

–       Art and works of art are everywhere and it is important to understand how art is used in our culture.

–       Creativity is something that we ALL have—we all have the potential to use our imaginations and create something new, original, and meaningful with all art mediums, including painting.

Course Objectives: The skills you should walk away with after this semester will include:

–       rendering observed objects and spaces accurately

–       efficiently using various drawing materials

–       using accurate perspective in a real life space

–       using shading intricately in all mediums

–       depicting correct proportions on faces and figures

–       creating interesting compositions

–       rendering details, texture and reflections

–       using all of the above to create self-expressive drawings

–       using all of the above to draw from imagination

–       exploring your inner creative self to create meaning within your own work and the works that you observe, analyze, and reflect on

–       understanding that erasing and starting over, making mistakes and taking risks with your work is a PART OF THE PROCESS and is not a negative aspect of making art- it is completely necessary and good for you

Participation: Positive participation is essential in this classroom!

All students will be required to come to class everyday with enthusiasm and energy to create good, meaningful work. Art is meaningful, and in order to make meaningful art, students must commit to lessons inside and outside of the classroom.

Students are expected to participate in oral and written critiques, discussing a variety of subjects, such as: art, imagination, the process of making art, ideas behind works of art, purpose, meaning, creativity, visual culture, aesthetics, elements and principles, and overall impact of artworks.


Projects                                  50%

Sketchbook                            20%

Exams                                     10%

Participation                          20%

Projects are our major pieces of work that will take more than one class day to complete. You will be assigned lessons to complete throughout the semester, with which you will be given a description/handout, a rubric, and a due date. Projects will be shared with the class and students will be required to talk about their work.

Sketchbooksare used in class and at home. The drawings for your sketchbook are specifically assigned and are designed to help you become a better artist. I will be looking for effort, time, improvement, and implementation of suggestions and concepts discussed in class. Sketchbooks will be started in class but finishing is up to the student and should be taken home. THESE SHOULD GO WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO—whether this is in school, your daily life, your weekend, vacations, car rides, etc. They document your thoughts, ideas, drawings, sketches, collages, and your personal journey in art class.

Exams will be given for midterm and final, and will cover the material learned in class. Students will be expected to complete mini-exams throughout the year, covering vocabulary, concepts, techniques, artists, art periods, and responses to looking at works of art. These will be graded as participation grades.


– one 8×11 or 9×12 sketchbook

***You must have one of these- if there is any reason that you cannot provide a sketchbook for yourself, please see Ms. Ingui. We will arrange a way for you to have one for the year.

– optional supplies: a set of drawing pencils, pens, paintbrushes, and paints


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