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ART 492 A: Advanced Painting: The Figure

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 5:20pm
ART 322
Zhi Lin
Zhi Lin

Syllabus Description:

Course Overview

This course serves as a vehicle for advanced painting and drawing majors to develop and examine their individual visions and make those visions concrete in their paintings and drawings. This will be done with consideration of visual language (e.g. composition, value, color, space, etc.). The three primary questions to be addressed are "what are you painting and drawing?" "how are you painting and drawing this?" and "what is the process you will use to make the work?"

Students will propose and develop their own individual projects. In addition, problems may be assigned to aid students in exploring possibilities relevant to their work. Classroom sessions will be devoted to critique of your studio work, looking at artists’ work, discussions, and in both individual and group.

Course Regulations

1) Participation in the class is one of the essential requirements for the course. Active involvement in class critiques and discussions will reflect the student's understanding of course materials; likewise receiving feedback from the instructor as well as from classmates will be crucial for every student's learning in the class. 
2) You are responsible for getting information and assignments you missed from your classmates.  
3) Within the class time in the classroom, you should not wear headphones, or do home work for other classes. Please turn off all your electronic devices (cell phone, mp3, etc).
4) The instructor only grades classroom assignments which are supervised by the instructor in the classroom, and homework that is given by the instructor.
5) Each week, assignments, or parts of assignments, will be due. Expect approximately 10 to 15 hours of studio work a week, or at least two hours per weekday. Late work will result in lowered grades (at least one letter grade, e.g. from A to B, or from 3.8 to 2.8).
6) Missing assignments will adversely affect your final grade. Missing one assignment will cut one letter grade off your final grade. 

All work for this class should be approached with a high degree of professionalism. Attendance is required for all class sessions. If you miss a class for any reason, it is your responsibility to contact fellow classmates to make up the work. Please make every effort to be on time. Arriving late is seen as a lack of interest and a sign of disrespect for your colleagues. Work that is not ready at the beginning of class will not be critiqued. Late work is heavily discouraged and will not be accepted without prior permission. Grading is based on the quality of your work during the quarter (both visually and conceptually); on your work process (the extent of exploration and variation throughout each project) and on participation in group discussions and critiques. 

Grading system
(A) Excellent work that exceeds the requirements of the assignment and performance expectation of the class.
(B) Above average work that demonstrates a thorough understanding of the assignment, with enthusiastic participation in the class.
(C) Average work that meets the minimum course requirements.
(D) Below average work with minimal involvement in the class.
(F)  Failure to accomplish the requirements of the assignment.

3.9-4.0 A,  3.5-3.8 A-, 3.2-3.4 B+, 2.9- 3.1 B, 2.5-2.8 B-, 2.2-2.4 C+, 1.9-2.1 C, 1.5-1.8 C-, 1.2-1.4 D+, 0.9-1.1 D, 0.7-0.8 D-, 0.0 F.

Grading criteria
Number grades (4,3,2,1,0) will be given based on the quality of your work and your performance in the class. Grading considerations include:
1) Completing the requirements, demonstrating control of the media to achieve creative results in terms of content and conceptual growth.
2) Using class time to your best advantage to complete work.
3) Offering constructive criticism of others' work during group critiques.
4) Meeting deadlines.

Examination & Portfolio Presentation

1) There are no specific written exams. The presentation of a portfolio, handing in the final assignment, and the final critique function as the final. During the scheduled final of the course, the instructor will give the final critique. Every one must attend the scheduled final in person; failure to do so will result in receiving an F for the course. The schedule is posted on the UW website at:
2) At the end of quarter, submit a portfolio of all work and only work for this course. In the portfolio, clearly write your name, course number, and project name on the back of each of your paintings. And Put work in chronological order, from first project to last.
3) Due date: Complete portfolios are due at the beginning of the last class of the quarter. Late portfolio will result in course failure.

here is no specific text for this class; however, there will be books placed on reserve in the library from which individual references will be suggested to students.
Students with Disabilities

If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, 543.8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present it to me so we can discuss any accommodations you might need for class.



Catalog Description: 
Drawing and painting from the model. Prerequisite: ART 390; ART 393.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:01pm