AR261 Painting II

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AR 261: Painting II


FA 2008 HO


Donna Bachmann


Professor of Art, Chair Dept. of Art & Design


M.F.A., University of Missouri-Columbia,
M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City,
B.F.A, Kansas City Art Institute.

Office Location

Alumni Hall, Room 31

Office Hours

Tues. & Thurs. 11:30- 12:30  and 1:00- 3:40-5:30 and by appointment.

Daytime Phone

Office phone & voice mail: 816-584-6457

Other Phone

Home phone:816-384-4419


Semester Dates

August 18 - Dec. 12, 2008

Class Days

Tues. and Thurs.

Class Time

1:00 - 3:40 PM


AR260: Painting I

Credit Hours


There is no textbook for this course.

Additional Resources:
ArtStor, a visual digital database is available through Park's library.

A variety of handouts will be provided.  Other reference materials will be available in the studio.

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Course Description:
A continuation of AR260.  Students may elect to study transparent painting media such as watercolor.  (All levels of painting are taught concurrently. 1:5:3

About Painting II:  In this intermediate painting studio students determine their ten or more individual painting projects in consultation with the instructor.  They are free to do versions of the Painting I projects but will be held to  higher standards than the beginning students.  In general they will follow the Course Schedule below, participating in and contributing to critiques, exhibits, etc. 

Educational Philosophy:
I believe that it is through intensive studio practice that students learn to generate visual ideas, to express them skillfully and to critically evaluate their results.  The ideal environment for that studio practice is an energetic, competitive visual milieu that is intellectually as well as physically demanding.  Art and design are labor intensive and cumulative.   I engage each student in an ongoing discussion about their ideas and their work. Through each project, and through successive semesters, I try to provide the stimulus and support that will help build each individual student’s skill, confidence and portfolio. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate his/her increased ability to paint as evidenced by the ten or more paintings produced during the course of the semester.
  2. Continue to develop observational, compositional, color mixing and technical skills as a painter.
  3. Experiment with new media, styles and techniques to expand one's repertoire as an artist.
  4. Use painting materials and equipment with greater craftsmanship and facility.
  5. Critique his/her own work and that of classmates in appropriate professional language.

Core Assessment:

·    The Final Portfolio (50%), a suite of five (5) or more paintings as negotiated between the instructor and the student, produced since the mid-term portfolio.  

Class Assessment:
Four  Group Critiques:  

two prior to Mid-Term and two prior to Finals are tentatively scheduled for: 
Thursday,  Sept. 11 
Thursday,   Oct. 2 
Thursday,  Nov. 6  
Thursday,  Dec. 4 (last class)
All critiques begin at promptly at 1:00. 

 A minimum of two resolved painting studies, as assigned, are due at each critique.  Approximately ten works are required for the semester as a whole (five at mid-term and five at finals).

Your work should be completed, clearly signed and displayed so that the critique can begin promptly.
Don't make your classmates wait.

About the critique process: 

There are three main components to a critique of a work of art.

1. Description.  This part is objective.  What elements of art and principles of design are being used?  What do you see?

2. Analysis.  This is also objective.  How are those elements and principles being used?  How successful, engaging is the composition and the interaction of the parts that make up the viual whole?

3. Interpretation.  This part is subjective.  What do you think?  What response does this piece elicit in you?  

Critiques are group discussions about current projects.  They are a standard part of all professional art education.  They are meant to help you see, within the context of everyone’s work, where you succeeded and how you can improve further.  Your visual and verbal participation is expected.  The only way to become fluent in the professional language of art is to begin expressing yourself verbally as well as visually.

The kind of images we each make are unique and the range of personal styles in painting is unlimited. 
The degree to which any painting can be improved and refined is unlimited as well.

Work Outside of Class:  In addition to the nearly six hours of scheduled studio class time each week,  you should expect to spend a minimum of an additional three hours each week painting independently.  By the second week please report when you are scheduling this time.  How much time you need to work on your paintings outside of class will be directly related to how aggressively and consistently you use you in class studio time.

About participation:   A number of exhibition opportunities (Art@Park and the lobby exhibits for example) as well as  possible off campus field trips to galleries or studios, will be scheduled.  You are expected to participate and contribute to these activities.
Critiques at Mid-term and Finals will be cumulative (combining all your preceding paintings) and will be individual and private.  Each of you will sign up for a specific time slot. 
At these two critiques you will be re-submitting the preceding  paintings for a cumulative grade.  This means that after the initial group critique,  you may rework a painting to improve it.  When you gain some insight into your work from a critique, you should try to follow through on those new ideas.

Mid-term critiques:              8th week of the semester:  Oct. 7 and 9 and other dates as scheduled.

Final Critiques:                   Our Final Critique times are:
                                              Tuesday, December 9,  1:00-3:00
                                              Thursday, December 11, 1:00-3:00. 

    Attendance, contribution to critiques       10%

    Mid-term Portfolio                                  40
    Final Portfolio (Core Assessment)          50
         100 – 90  =  A
          89 – 80  =  B
          79 – 70  =  C
         69 –  60  = D
        Below 60 =  F


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments that are not completed and presented  for critique on the due dates will be down-graded. 

 Late work may be turned in as late as the Mid-term or Final critiques but will lose a full letter grade. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
STUDIO:  Our class will utilize the north studio area (the best light).  (3-D will be using the big tables, 2-D will be using the small south studio and drawing will be using the model stand area.)  With nearly 80 students enrolled this semester in the Alumni Hall studio you will have to be very respectful of the other work spaces and of each other's easels, still-lifes and equipment.  

Each of you will be assigned an easel.  Please label it with your name and Fall 08.

STORAGE: We have limited storage. (3-D students will be using the small cabinet lockers, 2-D and drawing will be using the flat files.)  There are a few large lockers in the back hall and stairwell.  Two painting students should share each one.  They can be locked.  Put your names and “Fall 08”  on the locker you claim.  

CLEAN UP: CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF!  Painting is messy  and acrylic paint is permanent.  Protect your clothing. I suggest keeping an apron or smock here.

Take special care of our antique plumbing!  Do not pour paint or leave palette scrapings in the sink.  Scrape dried paint into the trash.  This is a communal studio.  Please take care of the space and respect each others work areas and works in progress. 

Studio Availability:  This studio is available to you 24 hours, 7 days per week. Your name will be placed on the Art Dept.’s Security List for this building.  After hours call campus security (584-6444) to be admitted to Alumni Hall.  Be prepared to show your Park ID and to cooperate with campus security officers at all times.  

Safety in the Studio.  All solvents and any other flammable materials are to be kept in the yellow fireproof cabinet.  If you bring any potentially dangerous substance into the studio, do so in the ORIGINAL CONTAINER,  show it to me and label it clearly with your name for safe storage in the yellow cabinet.  I must be sure accurate information is in our MSDS (Materials Safety Data Sheets) notebook  which is outside my office door for you to consult. 

If you are working in the studio late at night, lock yourself in and call security, 6444, to let them know you are here. The studio phone in the SW corner is for your use.   

Proper use of the power tools will be taught.  Only use power tools when a buddy is present.  Always wear goggles.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Sept. 5, Fri.:  "First Friday"  gallery openings in the Crossroads District and elsewhere.

Sept. 11, Thursday:  First group critique. Minimum two paintings due.

Sept. 13, Saturday:   "Chalk Art in Action" at Briarcliff Village in Riverside is a day long art festival in which participants produce 3 x 4 foot pastel drawings on paper, on the sidewalk.  The artists will be able to take their work home.  I want to bring a team of ten Park artists to compete.  The department will provide the $25 dollar fee per student and additional art supplies.   This work can substitute for one of the ten paintings required.  There are prizes!

Sept. 25, Thursday:  Installation downstairs in the David Theatre Lobby of a small student art exhibit for the debut of "Suburbia".  Park students attend plays free.

Oct. 2, Thursday:  Second group critique.  Minimum of two additional paintings due.

Oct. 3, Friday:  "First Friday" gallery openings in the Crossroads District and elsewhere.

Oct. 7 & 9:  Mid-term critiques.  Five paintings due (2 + 2 + 1)

Oct. 11 & 12, Sat. & Sun.: Art@Park is scheduled this year for English Landing Park.  We are planning an information booth about our department  and a very small display.  Your help would be welcome.

Nov. 6, Thursday:  Third group critique.  Minimum of two new paintings due.

Nov. 7, Friday:  "First Friday" gallery openings in the Crossroad District and elsewhere.

Dec. 4, Thursday:  Last day of class and fourth group critique.  Minimum of two paintings due.

Dec. 5, Friday"  "First Friday" gallery openings in the Crossroad District and elsewhere.

Dec. 9 & 11: Final Critiques.  Five paintings due (2 + 2 + 1)

In addition to the above dates,  demonstrations and off campus field trips to galleries will be scheduled.
Watch the "Painting" bulletin board.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Fortunately, plagiarism is seldom an issue in a studio class.
Of course,  you must not turn in paintings which you did not do.  The consequences are severe and could result in failure of the course and other disciplinary action by the University.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
The above is Park's official attendence policy.
My attendence policy is as follows:  of the  29 class sessions scheduled for this semester you will be allowed three (3) cuts (over 10%) without penalty.   I do not attempt to differentiate between good reasons and bad for your not being here.  Stuff does happen.  If you are not here, you are absent.   With a fourth absence your final grade will be lowered one full letter grade.  Exceptions to this policy will only be negotiable in extreme circumstances (family deaths, hospitalizations, etc.)

ATHLETES:  By the beginning of the second week of the semester  (August 26) please provide me with a list of the specific class sessions you expect to miss due to games, signed by your coach so that we can make plans to compensate you for missed class time.  

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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