Painting I



I.  A 103, Painting I, 3 s.h.; Location: Elliott Hall, 305; Time: TTH 9:30-10:45

II. Term/Year: SP '12; Instructor: Julie K. Jack; Office location: Elliott Hall, 301;  Phone #: x5307; Office Hours: MWF 11-1    website:

III. Course Description: An introduction to methods and techniques used in acrylic painting.  Special attention will be given to studying composition in Modern, Post-Modern, and Contemporary art theory as it pertains to paint technique, form and expression

IV. Course Goals and Objectives/Competencies/Skills: The student will practice and understand painting as a creative process used to structure and articulate ideas.  The student will have a basic understanding of color theory and its application to the mixture of paint.  The student will understand the vast expressive potential of the chromatic medium of paint.

V.            Course Relationship to Major Program, Departmental, and Institutional Purpose:  This course is provided in order to prepare students for an art minor, individualized major, or for a fine art elective course.

VI.            College Wide Learning Outcomes: The student will use effectively the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.  The student will recognize issues that effect social/political behavior in their historical and cultural perspective.  The student will appreciate the contributions of the arts and literature to life enrichment. 

VII.            Text: No text will be used, but students are REQUIRED to purchase kit from the campus bookstore. The same brand of paint enables the same MSDS and therefore, easier compliance with OSHA.  The kits also ensure having all the supplies needed.

VIII.            Topics or Units of Instruction: Color Theory, Composition, Depth (push-pull), Direct Painting.  The student will complete: a color wheel, a textural painting, a 4 -panel exercise, a Hofmann exercise, a cabbage painting, a photomontage, and a final story painting.

IX.            Additional Readings: Cantz, Hatie, Expressive!; Fedele, Frank The Artist’s Palate: Cooking…; Rudds, Leopold, Egon Schiele: Landscapes; Schwabsky, Barry, Vitamin P; Crow, Thomas, Modern Art in the Common Culture; Friedel, Helmut, Hans Hofmann; Impelluso, Lucia, Nature and it’s Symbols; Livingston, Jane, The Art of Richard Diebenkorn; Foster & Krauss & Bois, Art Since 1900: Modernism, Anti-Modernism, Post-Modernism; Van Doren, Lisa, Story Rugs: Tales of Freedom; Stella, Frank, Working Space

X.            Methods of Instruction and Modes of Learning: The student will work on paintings in and out of class, participate in critiques, view other paintings, and be lectured on technique and purpose.  Students will be expected to keep talking to a minimum while in class in order to concentrate on the subject.

XI.            Course Requirements and Means of Evaluation: Attendance is vital and mandatory.  There are no excused absences without a Dr.’s excuse, athletic team participation, or funeral.  Four unexcused absences will result in automatic failure of the course.  Hence, each unexcused absence results in one lower letter grade.  Students will need to keep talking to a minimum during studio time.  Likewise, cell phones should be turned off while in class.  They will be confiscated during the class if found texting.

XII.            Clinical/Lab/Field-Based Experiences:  Students will receive credit for attending gallery openings, museums, or other approved experience. In case of spill or accident, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are located in the art library on the third floor of Elliott Hall in a black binder titled “MSDS”.  If any additional toxic or potentially hazardous materials are brought into the art studio, students must look product up online, print out a MSDS and place in binder described above.

XIII.            Addendum:  Schedule

XIV.   Assessment Measures for College-Wide Learning Outcomes:

Learner Outcome



1.  Use effectively the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.


Reading:  Students will read the, handouts and assignments

Speaking:  Students will participate in class discussions and critiques.

Listening: Students will attend class, participate in discussion of the lecture topics and exercises, and follow verbal instructions regarding homework, and other assignments.

5% of each student’s grade is based on participation in class discussion of current reading topics and of solutions to previously worked problems.

2. Recognize issues that effect social/political behavior in their historical and cultural perspective 

Social, political, historical, cultural perspectives:Students will become aware that these perspectives are integral to art.  Painters addressing these issued will be studied

The students will have the opportunity to incorporate these issues in painting assignments.  Critiques would be the venue for articulating these ideas.

3. Appreciate the contributions of the arts and literature to life enrichment

Appreciation:  Students will see the work of other painters who have enriched the lives or others and themselves by viewing live work as well internet sources such as artstor.


Students have the opportunity to make up unexcused absences by attending an art opening or exhibit. 


 Matrix of Relevant Qualifications vs. Course Outcomes



Courses Taught


Expected Course Outcomes


The Student will:

Relevant Qualifications

Coursework in Masters

Coursework in Doctorate



Work Experience

A 103 Painting I

  • Learn acrylic paint techniques

Visiting artists Series


Art Since 1945


History and Philosophy of Education



Papers written on Lorenzo Monaco and Mary T. Smith

Painted in a variety of media for 20 years.

  • Learn about color theory
  • Learn about successful painters

Mixed media exploration



Paper written on Niccolo Di Buonaccorso


Currently exhibit and sell paintings

  • Create a final painting based on an original narrative

Grad Survey: Modern and Post-Modern Art History


Seminar: Theories of Representation



+ reproduction of a Buonaccorso  egg tempera panel

Taught Painting at TWC for 12 years and at Judson College for 2 years


Honor Code: Students need to write “pledged” on all assignments turned in for grading.  “I Pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity”

Mission Statement: In keeping with the spirit of the liberal arts, Tennessee Wesleyan College seeks within the framework of the Judeo-Christian tradition to provide for students the highest quality educational experience, to promote personal responsibility, integrity, and purpose, and to prepare students for a life of leadership and service in an ever changing global community.



XV.  Date of Preparation/Revision: 1/12 By: Julie K. Jack

Supply list:

            acrylic paint kit            lock for tool box (optional)

            can for water

            cotton rags

            old shirt or apron to keep paint off good clothes