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ART 392 A: Intermediate Painting

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Meeting Time: 
MW 8:30am - 11:20am
ART 320
Helen O'Toole
Helen O'Toole

Syllabus Description:

Spring 2016

Art 392/293 Intermediate Painting

Monday/Wednesday 8:30-11:20

Room 320

Key Box Code is PEN

Final Exam:  Tuesday, June 7, 2016,830-1020,                                           

Professor Helen O’Toole


Office # 314


Course Description

Intermediate Painting is a continuation of ideas and issues covered in Art 292. Students will continue to develop observational skills through assigned and self-directed painting projects. Formal aspects of painting will be discussed, and further explored through a variety of painting/drawing techniques and processes.  One should expect to expand one’s formal language of painting by deepening one’s knowledge and exposure to making paintings.


The study of color through limited palette choices is emphasized as a significant component of the class. The framework for all classes is structured around ideas of process, observation and perception. Slide presentations will accompany each painting project. Handouts on various topics and artists including articles on techniques will be provides during the quarter.


Class structure for the quarter

  1. Make two small paintings – 8”x10 “ on gessoed or oiled wood panel. Due TBD.
  2. One painting 20”x30” Stretched and gessoed canvas
  3. Painting on Yupo paper
  4. Independent project
  5. Independent project


The above class structure allows students to explore issues of colour, size of paintings, composition, and subject matter.  Students are given the opportunity to extend their painting vocabulary, question their painting methodology, and choice of subject matter.  Students are encouraged to begin to formulate a painting methodology appropriate to individual needs and sensibilities. The structure of classes allows students time to understand and question the materiality of paint as well as ideas involved in making a painting. Individual expression, experimentation, risk taking, and a serious engagement in painting are emphasized as part of the class.

Link to syllabus



Catalog Description: 
Prerequisite: either ART 292.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:01pm