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ART 292 A: Beginning Painting

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Meeting Time: 
MW 11:30am - 2:20pm
ART 320
Helen O'Toole
Helen O'Toole

Syllabus Description:

Spring 2016
Monday/Wednesday 11:30-2:20
Room Art 320  
Code  PEN
Professor Helen O’Toole
Office #314/ Hours - Mondays 2:30 – 3:30
Final Exam: Date TBD


Course Description

Art 292 introduces students to the basic techniques and principles of oil painting. The formal language of making paintings will be explored through a variety of painting procedures. Color will be studied through limited palettes, such as a mixed black and white palette, a warm cool palette etc. The framework for all classes is structured around observation, perception, and process. Time involved in making each painting will allow students to begin to understand the materiality of paint, and the abstract ideas involved in painting. Students will work on various primed surfaces such as paper, panel, and canvas, using both traditional and contemporary grounds. Slide presentations will accompany each painting project. Handouts on various topics and artists, including articles on techniques and color will be provided during the quarter.





  1. Mixed black (ultramarine blue and raw umber) and white on yupo paper or gessoed paper. We will stretch and gesso paper in class.
  2. Temperature (warm/cool) on 20”x20” panel. We will prime panel in class.
  3. Saturation 1 (20”x20) Temperature (warm/cool) 20”x20” stretched canvas.
  4. Saturation 2 on 20”x30” stretched canvas.
  5. Local color painting, size and surface, your choice.
  6. Small studies 6”x8” or 8”x10” on primed paper or yupo translucent paper.


We will use limited palettes for all paintings except for the last painting, which will be local color. The above class structure allows students to explore formal issues such as, value, light, temperature, and color. Individual and group class critiques are an integral part of this class. Group critiques are a wonderful opportunity for students to participate in class, and learn from each other. Both the studio and the classroom are places of learning, experimentation, discovery, and disciplined work, a springboard for new discoveries, pushing boundaries, and acquiring knowledge


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Catalog Description: 
Beginning oil painting. Prerequisite: ART 190.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:20pm