Painting I / AD 230
University of Illinois at Chicago
School of Art and Design
Professor Pamela Fraser
Office Hours: by appointment
Course Description: Painting I is an introduction to the discipline of painting, and will primarily utilize an observational approach to painting, with opportunities to work with both acrylic and oil paint. Students will explore material, and formal aspects of constructing paintings, learning to apply drawing, composition, color principles to the realm of painting. This is primarily a technical course that will introduce painting histories and methodologies, and include a basic inquiry into contemporary art and the possible meanings, values, and functions of painting.
Course Requirements: The course is broken up into short project periods that will increase in length as the term progresses. The term will be roughly broken up into thirds in terms of material use: the first third using acrylic paint, the next third using oils, and the last third, students may use their choice of paint.
Class time will be used for work time, as well as for lectures, discussions, and demos. Students will be expected to work a minimum of four hours a week outside of class time. This time is to be used procuring materials, researching art, artists and/or materials, drawing, and working on painting assignments. Development in the course will be based on consistent practice and discipline.
On Grading: Success in the course is assessed by student's technical and conceptual development, the level of focus and engagement in subjects of study, assignments, homework, critique, and discussion.
The breakdown of the assessment is quite simple:
Technical Development 50%
Level of Participation and Engagement 50%
Late work is not accepted and will receive a failing project grade.
On Attendance: Good attendance is presumed and not reward in the final grade calculation. Poor attendance will affect the grade adversely in accordance with UIC policy. After two unexcused absences, one's grade will drop one letter from the level that has been earned. Arriving late, or unprepared, or leaving class early is also unacceptable and will result in a lowered grade if routine behavior. Three times late, leaving early or being unprepared will equal one absence. After four unexcused absences, one may fail the course.
Absence from class is not an excuse for not handing in a due assignment, nor for not hearing about a new assignment. If you miss class, check the blog, and/or e-mail me to find out what you missed.
Field trips and critiques are MANDATORY. Missing one of these class sessions equals two unexcused absences.
Materials: The materials on the material list have been considered and chosen with great care and specificity. Any substitutions you would like to make must meet my approval.
I will supply canvas, gesso, gesso brushes, palette knives, a small amount of acrylic and oil paints, and small amount of solvents and mediums for oil paint. These supplies made with your lab fees may not last the entire semester, but will get us well into the term.
Students will be required to purchase the supplies listed below:
• Wood or stretcher bars to be used after week 5
• Oil /acrylic brushes: I recommend Loews-Cornell Oil/Acrylic Brush Wrap, set of 18 flat and round brushes that are good for both media ($15.99). I would augment this with a ½” Filbert, a ½” bright, and a #0 Round.
• 4 14” x 18” pre-stretched canvas
• small jar matte medium (2.5-5 oz.)
• tube or small jar acrylic painting retarder
• 2 large glass jars (pickle size is good)
• bathroom cups, or plastic or paper palettes for acrylic painting
• glass or plastic palette made for use with oil paint
• cotton rags
• medium size 20 sheet Bristol pad or other study smooth paper for drawing
• artists/designers toolbox supplies: ruler, pencils, mechanical pencils, erasers, artists tape, paper towels/rags, soap, nails for hanging work during critique, staples that fit shop staple guns
Students are not to use class time to go shopping for supplies.
We will be building our own stretcher during week three. After this, you may decide to build your own for the assignments to be completed on canvas. If you do not wish to build, you may purchase individual stretcher strips and stretch canvas on it after assembling. After week six, no more use of pre-stretched canvas in the class. These stretchers must be prepared before the beginning of a class when they will be used. No stretching, sanding, or priming in class except during the week when we are learning about it.
Information on paints -for later- when/if you will purchase your own:
• titanium White (150 ml)
37 ml of the following other tubes:
• ultramarine blue
• cerulean or manganese blue
• cadmium red medium or pyrole red
• cadmium orange
• cadmium yellow light or hansa yellow
• permanent or cadmium green
• yellow ochre
• burnt sienna
• burnt umber
• ivory black
additional and highly suggested:
• quinacridone magenta
• permanent or dioxanine violet
Schedule / Week One:
Homework: Procure materials from list for September 1 class (next Tuesday)
1/13 Meet at The Art Institute of Chicago (see separate post for details)