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Summer 2019

Course Description

Painting 1 is a basic studio course in the media and techniques of painting. Activity will emphasize the study of color, structure, creativity and aesthetic values in general. A command of techniques and materials, both traditional and experimental, will be taught.
Painting 2 will receive more advanced assignments with increasing emphasis on the expressive possibilities of the medium.

Course Objectives

  • Student will identify and utilize a variety of historical and contemporary painting styles.

  • Student will describe and apply the elements and principles of design in paintings.

  • Student will identify and utilize the principles of color theory in paintings.

  • Student will experiment with a variety of painting techniques to develop a working knowledge of the creative potential of each technique.

  • Student will synthesize the elements and principles of two-dimensional design and color theory to solve design problems.

  • Student will analyze and depict spatial relationships in a composition using both realistic and abstract representation.

  • Student will describe and apply hand and power tools to prepare surfaces for painting.

  • Student will experiment with a variety of painting surfaces in order to describe and explain how paint reacts to different surface qualities.

  • Student will use a variety of projection technologies to manipulate and transfer images to surfaces.

  • Student will use art vocabulary and concepts in oral and written contexts to analyze their work and the work of other painters.

  • Student will develop a portfolio of paintings and/or other comprehensive projects applying professional standards and practices.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for all classes is mandatory. It represents 10% of your grade. Students are allowed 5 absences over the course of the semester. Excessive absences (more than 5 total) will affect your grade as follows.
Absent more than 5 classes = Best grade is B
Absent more than 6 classes = Best grade is C
Absent more than 7 classes = Best grade is D

Arriving 15 minutes late to class is a tardy arrival. Three tardy arrivals = one unexcused absence

Each student must attend the first class meeting or make arrangements with the instructor of he/she is going to be absent. Failure to attend the first class meeting will result in being dropped from the class. Though a student may be dropped, he/she must drop classes according to the posted deadlines to ensure refunds and unsatisfactory grades. If emergencies arise, a petition for leave of absence should be filed in Admissions.

When you return to class after an absence, speak with me immediately before or after class so that I can give you any handouts and/or assignments.

Disability Support Services

Southwestern College recommends that students with disabilities or specific learning needs contact their professors during the first two weeks of class to discuss academic accommodations. If a student believes that they may have a disability and would like more information, they are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services (DSS) at (619) 482-6512 (voice), (619) 207-4480 (video phone), or email at Alternate forms of this syllabus and other course materials are available upon request.

Academic Accommodations

Academic accommodations are modifications made in an academic setting to afford the student with a disability an equal opportunity to learn in a lecture and lab course and to show what they have learned on tests.Southwestern College recommends that all students discuss accommodation requests with their professor during the first two weeks of the semester. An alternate format of the syllabus and class handouts is available upon request. If you need additional information on academic accommodations, please contact the DSS office located in room 422 and can be reached at 619-482-6512

Academic Success Center

To further your success, reinforce concepts, and achieve the stated learning objectives for this course, I refer you to the Academic Success Center learning assistance services.  Upon request for tutorial services, you will be automatically enrolled in NC 3:  Supervised Tutoring, a free noncredit course that does not appear on your transcripts. 

Services are located in the ASC (420), the Writing Center (420D), the Reading Center (420), Math Center (426), the Library/LRC Interdisciplinary Tutoring Lab, MESA, specialized on-campus School tutoring labs, the Higher Education Center at National City, and the San Ysidro Education Center.  Online learning materials and Online Writing Lab (OWL) are available at

Classroom Environment

Leave the studio/lab as clean and neat as you possibly can.  I have and will continue to try to provide you with as clean and pleasant an environment in which to work and learn as possible.  However, I cannot and will not do it alone.  We must work together for the health, safety and well being of all.

Advisory Statement

The subjects and material covered in this course may sometimes be of such a nature as to be offensive to your personal beliefs. Politics, religion, sexuality and morality have often been the content of artists’ efforts and will be discussed openly and in a mature manner with no intent to create a hostile environment.


  • "A" grades are given for outstanding work. You are doing extremely well. Improvements will be towards higher degrees of refinement.

  • "B" grades are given for above=average work. You are doing very well> Improvements will be toward higher refinements of concept and execution.

  • "C" grades are given for average work. You are meeting an acceptable level or expectation. Improvements will be towards acceptable levels of project requirements.

  • "D" grades are given for below=average work. You are under-achieving in quality and/or motivation. Improvements will be towards acceptable level of project requirements.

  • "F" grades are given for failure. You are not reaching the expected level for college work. Improvements are to review goals, seek assistance and increase efforts

  • "I" grades are only given in very rare circumstances when students are prevented from completing the course requirements due to circumstances beyond their control.


Academic dishonesty of any type by a student provides grounds for disciplinary action by the instructor or college. In written work, no material may be copied from another without proper quotation marks, footnotes, or appropriate documentation.

Field trips

All field trips are mandatory. If you cannot attend a field trip due to sickness ort some other situation, you will be expected to make up the trip, especially if a writing assignment is attached to the visit.

Out of class assignments

In the event that I must cancel class due to sickness or any other reason you will be given an assignment to make up the work missed in class.