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Painting I


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ARTS 2181: Painting I


20525                                                                                          Instructor:  Brian Barr

Spring Semester 2017                                                            Office: (706) 802-5656

TR 9:30 – 12                                                                 

Pre-Requisites – ARTS 1010/1020                                        124 (125) Lakeview bldg.


Office hoursMW 12-2:30, TR 12:15- 2, F 11-12 (online), or by appointment.


Course Description:

In this course, the fundamentals of oil techniques and media are introduced.  Students engage in a series of exercises, which gradually increase in range and complexity.  The focus of the exercises will be to develop observational skills and familiarity with the painting medium.  Students will also learn about the techniques and procedures of great painters from contemporary and earlier times.

Course Outcomes for ARTS 2181 (Painting I)


  • Students will demonstrate the ability to address and evaluate complex visual and conceptual themes in the creation of their artworks.


  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the visual elements and principles of design in the creation of their art works.


  • Students will be able to produce sustained, investigative paintings that make accurate visual statements of forms in space.


  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique artwork from various perspectives using relevant terminology.


Class Policies:

  • Students are expected to come to class prepared with all supplies and materials needed for that day, and to be set up and ready to work within five minutes of the start of class.  Attendance is mandatory!  This is a studio class, and much of the work for grades will be accomplished during class time.
  • Students should not receive cell phone calls or leave the class during studio time.
  • Laptop computer are not to be used in class without permission.  Advance notice will be given for when and how computers are to be used in this course.
  • Students are not allowed to use music devices (radios, Discmans, mp3 players, etc.) during class time.  These devices may be used when working in the studio outside of class, but the users are required to wear headphones and turn volume low.
  • No studio equipment (such as power tools and printing press) is to be used without permission.


  • There are 10 class projects and 2 homework assignments due for this course, worth different points.  They will be graded on adherence to the project guidelines, quality of work, professional presentation, and effectiveness (see attached Rubrics).  Various quick studies may also be assigned.
  • Projects are due on the dates listed later in this syllabus.  Late projects will be accepted only on the following class period.  Late projects will receive 2 points off the overall grade of the project.
  • Students can determine their grade by dividing total earned points from total possible points (250)
  • The grading system goes like this: 100-90 = A, 89-80 = B, 79-70 = C, 69-60 = D, 59-0 = F.

 Things to Remember:

  • You most likely will get messy when painting, so bring a change of clothes or an old shirt to wear.
  • Take advantage of the studio outside of class.  It is open to enrolled art students anytime that there is not a class in session during hours of operation (8am to 9pm, Monday through Thursday, 8am to 6pm, Friday).
  • Help keep the studio clean, throw away all trash at the end of class.
  • You will not have time to run to the bookstore during class, so make sure that you keep track of your materials and re-supply when needed.
  • There is no book required for this class, but you will be given a number of handouts, so keep track of them.

 Policies on student conduct and academic integrity:


Disability Statement: “Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the college Access Center (706: 802-5003) to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  You are also welcome to contact me privately to discuss your specific needs.”


This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each classStudents who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 

Extended Absence Policy

         “Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course.

If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.”




This course proudly supports the mission of IC @ GHC.



The mission of the Georgia Highlands College (GHC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to create a curriculum-wide culture of information competency (IC) among students, which will be demonstrated through writing or other modes of communication.



Homework Assignments

Due Dates:                  Assignments:                                                               Points:

Feb 14                         painting of choice value/color analysis                         5

Mar 10                          painting of choice finished                                          20

Apr 04                          self-portrait value/color analysis                                   5

May 04 (11 am)            self-portrait finished                                                     20

Class Projects

Due Dates:                  Assignments:                                                               Points:

Jan 19                          grey scale/value painting                                        20

Jan 26                         neutral colors                                                              20

Feb 07                         warm colors                                                                20

Feb 16                         cool colors                                                                   20

Feb 23                         rub-out self-portrait                                                    20

Mar 07                          model painting                                                          20

Mar 16                           full-color self-portrait                                               20

Apr 04                            abstract design                                                        20

Apr 13                            limited palette                                                          20

Apr 27                            extended palette                                                     20