SRJC Course Outlines

6/23/2024 9:39:46 PMART 13 Course Outline as of Fall 1981

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Discipline and Nbr:  ART 13Title:  WATER COLOR  
Full Title:  Watercolor
Last Reviewed:12/12/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled4.002 min.Lab Scheduled70.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 175.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  08 - May Be Taken for a Total of 6 Units
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Catalog Description:
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A painting class using watercolor to explore color, form, & composition. Working from still life, landscape, the figure, as well as non-objective subject matter.


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of ART 3 or ART 4 or ART 7A and drawing and design skills.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Painting in water colors, including drawing & composition, light & shade.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Completion of ART 3 or ART 4 or ART 7A and drawing and design skills.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:08 - May Be Taken for a Total of 6 Units


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Develop awareness of the pictorial elements: shape, volume, value
   and color contrast, light, space, etc.
2.  Initiate investigation into solutions for reconciling the above
3.  Exercise compositional skills.
4.  Sharpen perceptions.
5.  Stimulate the senses.
6.  Engage visual thinking.
7.  Foster good habits of "pacing" a painting by building it up
8.  Become conversant with the creative process, its viscissitudes,
9.  Develop critical judgement, appraisal of one's own work and work of
   others through individual and group critiques.
10. Cultivate flexibility, an open receptiveness to the many possible
   resources for ideas, information, and inspiration.
11. Learn the basics of color dynamics, color mixing and specific
   characteristics of watercolor.
12. Exercise the essential craft of using the tools of watercolor
   painting: paint, brushes, papers, etc.
13. Build confidence in the use of imagination and artistic expression.
14. Relate pictorial problems to good examples of painting of the past
   and the present, Western, Asian, Primitive, etc.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Review Basic Color Dynamics.
     a. contrast of complements, values, saturation, temperature, etc.
     b. desaturating a color with its complement.
     c. influence upon color by size, shape, texture, opacity, etc.
     d. interaction of color relations
     e. spatial tensions (pull/push)
     f. expressive aspects
2.  Introduce Basic Pictorial Considerations.
     a. the picture plane
     b. axes, two and three dimensional movement
     c. harmony of similar elements and contrast of dissimila ones;
        reconciliation of these tensions
     d. proportion, scale, ratios, intervals
     e. orchestration of darks and lights
     f. figure/ground relationships, including reversals and ambiguities
     g. use of color as a means to create volume, light, space,
     h. the role of texture, pattern line, edge characteristics and
3.  Work from a Variety of Sources.
     a. still life
     b. the landscape
     c. the figure
     d. drawings
     e. photographs
     f. memory
4.  Learn the basic characteristics of color mixing and watercolor
5.  Become familiar with various skills of wetting, stretching, taping,
   and supporting paper.
6.  Use a variety of sizes, and paper surfaces to discover their effect
   and influence.
7.  Practice the cropping of an image to alter its composition and find
   the most appropriate, expressive format.
8.  Analyze reproductions and slides of master paintings, past and
   contemporary, for value contrasts, spatial solutions, color dynamics,
   compositional elements, figure/ground relations, paint handling,
   expressive means, emotional and conceptual content.

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1.  Series of exercises using transparent washes to explore effects of
   saturation, light, space.
2.  Still-life set-ups for study of composition - simple subject to
3.  Still-life set-ups for study of color relations.
4.  Complementary contrasts stressing warm/cool interaction.
5.  Varying the ratio of water to pigment and exposure of paper surface.
6.  Looking at objects and their surroundings to create effects of volume,
   space, and light:
     a. cast shadows
     b. highlights
     c. reflected light and color
     d. warm/cool contrast
     e. varied saturation
     f. value changes
     g. color modulation and interaction
7.  Apply and expand upon the basic concepts above in subjects such as:
     a. landscape
     b. the draped model and its immediate environment
     c. the self portrait
     d. objects enlarged, isolated, given significance for their
        objectness and/or metaphorical meanings.
8.  Use still-life, landscape, figure or other objective subject-matter
   as basis and point of departure for varying degrees of expression
   and abstraction.
9.  Experiment with some of the dynamic interractions of formal elements
   in a painting without objective subject matter.
10. Interpret an old or contemporary master painting to analyze its
   structure, value contrasts, color relations and facture.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
40 - 60%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 30%
Class performances, PAINTINGS & SKETCHBOOKS
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%

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