Painting I


  2. A. Course Title: Painting I
    B. Course Number: AR 213A - 30007
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W 10:00:00 AM - 12:50:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Newman, Lynda
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129C
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2826
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST); 1:30:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST); 5:30:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:15:00 AM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST); 1:30:00 PM-1:45:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);
    If you are unable to meet with me during my posted office hours, please feel free to contact me for an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HAC105

    This introductory course in painting focuses on teaching the student a solid foundation in color theory, mixing, the application of pigment and mediums, canvas preparation, basic painting skills, and aesthetic sensibilities. It will include regular outside assignments. This is a three credit hour course.


    This beginning painting course is designed to introduce the student to a range of basic techniques, methods, and materials. No prior experience is necessary. Please note, it is the student's responsibility to verify the transferability of this course to another school or institution. Although transferability is likely, it is not guaranteed.




    We will discuss supplies the first day of class.  It is probably best to discuss them first, then buy them.  If you already have some painting supplies, but they don’t fit the specifications, please bring them for me to see.  You may be able to use them.  Many of the supplies may be purchased at the NMJC Bookstore; or you can also find supplies at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, online, etc.  (Look for coupons online!)

    General Supplies

    1.      2 large water containers (I have several in our classroom to lend.)

    2.      Paper towels (Use a good brand that won’t leave paper on your canvas when wiping off paint.  My favorite is Bounty select-a-size.)

    3.      Wear an apron or clothing that you don’t mind getting “painted.” (Acrylic does not wash out of clothing easily.) 

    4.      Optional:  Thin plastic gloves; just makes cleaning your hands easier.

    Required Painting Supplies

    1.         Palette - Need large area for mixing in middle—not tiny “bowls.”  An old microwave’s glass tray, a white metal butcher tray, white plastic palette, or glass cut from auto-glass shop all work well. 

    2.         Canvas panels or stretched canvases (11x14)

    3.         Brushes – Do not buy in value pack plastic packages.  They are usually cheap quality, lose hairs, and won’t perform well.

    Priority (Buy first 3 now):

    ·           ½” (bright or flat; soft hair) Simply Simmons (NMJC Bookstore, Michaels, Dick Blick, etc.)

    ·           #6 (bright or flat; boar bristle) (see above stores or Hobby Lobby – Master Touch, etc. is fine)

    ·           #10 (bright or flat; boar bristle) Feels rough, not silky (see above stores or Hobby Lobby – Master Touch, etc. is fine)

    Buy next (soon):

    ·           1” (bright or flat; soft hair) Simply Simmons (see above stores)

    ·           #0 or 2 (round or liner; soft hair) Small brush for signatures

    Optional, but nice to have:

    ·           Optional:  #10 round; soft hair (see above stores)

    ·           Optional:  #12 or larger flat or bright; boar bristle (see above)

    4.         Acrylic Paint Liquitex (Locally:  NMJC Bookstore or Hobby Lobby) Buy name brands only; not store brands.  (You will not be able to mix the colors required in class with cheap store brands.)

    ·           1st colors needed: Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna

    ·           2nd (can wait a couple of weeks):  Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Yellow Medium

    ·           3rd:  Yellow Oxide (or Yellow Ochre), Cadmium Red Medium (or Napathol Red)

    ·           After that:  Phthalo Blue (optional), Hookers Green (optional)

    5.         (1) Pastel Pencil (Cobalt Blue or orangish – You want to be able to see the mark on your white Canvas but not black.)

    6.         Kneaded gum eraser or “magic” white eraser

    7.         Color wheel

    8.         Gray scale (Optional, but nice to have)

    9.         Palette knives - Can wait until later, but buy a metal set.  One must have a slanted side (discuss in class).






    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F


    Painting I students will usually complete 1 small painting per week (100 points each), for a total of about 12-13 paintings. Painting II students will complete 5 or more paintings during the semester (100 points each).

    A = 90 – 100 points

    B = 80 – 89 points

    C = 70 – 79 points

    D or F = 0 – 69 points


    The painting is well-developed and shows effort in all, or practically all, areas:  Values, color harmony, soft/hard edges as appropriate, composition and techniques emphasize focal point, and strategies emphasized in class are applied.  It is clear that time, effort, and creativity were used to produce a finished and complete painting.



    The painting shows strength in several areas (see previous list) and demonstrates skills and techniques are developing but more attention needed in particular areas discussed in class.

    Needs Improvement

    Painting may not appear finished or needs improvement and focus in several areas (see previous list).


    Absences and Late Work (Points Deducted)


    Absent 1 day of class (instruction), but submitted on time


    Absent 2 days (instruction), but submitted no more than 1 week late


    Late 1 day (1 class session)


    Late 1 week (2 class sessions)


    Late 2 weeks (4 class sessions)

    ½ credit

    After 2 weeks from due date

    No credit (not accepted)

    Leaving class early or arriving late

    Counts as missing ½ day of instruction (see above)


    Important:  Turning work in on time is important to success in this course.  Late work or repeated absences cannot be accepted on a recurring basis.  After 6 absences (equivalent to 3 weeks of class), a student will be in jeopardy of being dropped from the course.  If you have unusual or emergency circumstances, please discuss them with me or send a message to me through Canvas to coordinate your due date.  Late work will not be accepted on a regular basis. 


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    The following Departmental Student Learning Outcomes will be emphasized in each of the NMJC Art Department studio courses:

    1. Students will perform or create a piece of work that embodies skills and competence in their area of focus.
    2. Students will demonstrate the ability to use a variety of techniques to create a successful piece of work.
    3. Students will identify the effective reasoning and rationale behind decisions made during the production of their work.


    Upon completion of this course, the successful student should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the use of proven techniques, methods, and materials while exploring his or her own artistic style.
    2. Identify the effective reasoning and rationale behind decisions made during the production of their work.
    3. Discuss and analyze the progression of his or her own work and that of others.
    4. Through paintings completed in and outside of class, demonstrate understanding of value, contrast, soft and hard edges, the use of negative and positive space, elements of composition, 1-2 point perspective, and the use of color to achieve harmony and the desired effects in a particular painting.

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    Studies and Techniques

    • Materials and caring for brushes
    • Value scale
    • Color mixing
    • Monochromatic painting
    • Limited palette
    • Full color palette
    • Color harmony
    • Low-key/high key, contrast, warm and cool paintings
    • Focal points, composition
    • Day and night – how it affects colors
    • Transparent and opaque
    • Palette knife painting
    • 1-2 point perspective


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    The focus of the class will include materials, techniques, and information to help inspire the beginner or experienced painter and to help each individual move forward in confidence and skill. Both group and individual instruction will be provided.

    Normally, each class will begin with instruction and demonstration of how to proceed in painting each of the following subjects. Students will then work on their own individual paintings while the instructor provides suggestions during the progression of the paintings. Generally, one painting will be completed each week.

    Class schedule:

    Weeks 1-9

     Landscapes
    • Mountain lake and reflections, distant pine trees
    • Snow and stream, close-up pines
    • Mountains and sunset
    • Clouds
    • Trees, grass,
    • Rocks and stream
    • Buildings set in landscape

     Seascape
    • Bluffs, crashing waves
    • Moonlight and sunlight
    • Waves on rocks (close-up)

    Weeks 10-16

     Floral
     Still Life
     Portraits
     Plein-Aire (painting outside)

    Week 17

    Your final exam will be to create a painting, that demonstrates skills and techniques you have developed during the semester. The student will choose the subject, which will then need to be approved by the instructor. Plan to paint from life, or from a photograph that you have taken. If you cannot find a photograph you have taken that you like, then several photographs can be utilized to create a composition that is original. In other words, the Final Exam cannot be painted using another person's photograph or painting.

    On the day of your Final Exam (see the preceding link in this syllabus or the NMJC website for date), we will complete studio “clean up,” share your your painting portfolio Power Point (pictures painted over the semester), and have critiquing session of your final painting. Power Points or photographs in a notebook are both acceptable, but computer generated presentations are recommended.

    Note: The course outline above may be adjusted as needed at the instructor’s discretion. The pace and direction of the class may change in order to best meet the needs of the students.