AR260 Painting I

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AR 260: Painting I


FA 2009 HO


Donna Bachmann


Professor of Art,


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

Daytime Phone

Office phone & voice mail: 816-584-6457

Other Phone

Home phone:816-384-4419


Semester Dates

August 17 - Dec. 11,  2009

Class Days

Monday & Wednesday

Class Time

12:00 - 12:45


AR150: Drawing I or equivalent

Credit Hours


There is no textbook for this course.

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Course Description:
An introduction to painting emphasizing direct observation from nature in opaque media such as acrylic, oil, gouache or pastel.  Draftsmanship and strong color, form, value and compositional relationships are stressed as well as the craftsmanship of painting.  Prerequisite: AR150. 1:5:3

Please note that for the first part of this semester I will be on sick leave with a broken ankle that prevents my climbing the Alumni Hall stairs.  Fortunately
long time adjunct instructor and Park alum, Trevis Martin, will be substituting for me while I'm gone.  Prof. Martin is an excellent painter and teacher.  He teaches online art history and all levels of drawing.  Our class will be in good hands.  Donna

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 ability to paint as evidenced by the ten or more painted studies produced during the course of the semester.
  2. Apply drawing and design skills learned in previous classes to produce monochromatic studies, compositional studies, color mixes observed in nature, and the illusion of volume.
  3. Use painting materials and equipment with craftsmanship.
  4. Critique his/her own work and that of classmates in appropriate professional language.

Core Assessment:

The Final Painting Portfolio (50%), a suite of five (5)or more specified paintings produced since the mid-term portfolio.  

  • The quality of the paintings produced and their development through the semester.
  • Periodic group class critiques in which each student’s work in a particular project/assignment is viewed and discussed and ways sought to improve it.
  • Formal mid-term and final critiques (one-on-one) in which all a student’s paintings from the preceding eight weeks* are discussed and evaluated and progress noted.
  • Contributions to group critiques.
  • Link to Class Rubric

    Class Assessment:
    Three  Group Critiques:  

    Mid-way prior to  Mid-Term and mid-way prior to Finals,
    two group class critiques are tentatively scheduled for: 
    •     Wednesday,  Sept. 9
    •     Monday, Nov. 9
    A minimum of two resolved painting studies, as assigned, are due at the above critiques.  Approximately ten works are required for the semester as a whole (five at mid-term and five at finals).
    •   Wednesday, Dec. 2,  a Final Group Critique will be held in which each painter will present their three best works from the semester.  
    All critiques begin promptly at 12:00

     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 visual whole?

    3. Interpretation.  This part is subjective.  What do you think?  What response does this painting 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 (the Theatre Lobby exhibits downstairs for example) as well as 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. 5 and 7
                                                 and other dates as scheduled.

    Final Critiques:                   Our Final Critique times are:  TBA

        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 use the two big "easel clusters" in the center of the studio.  Seniors and Independent Study students, and advanced painters will use the north studio area.  (3-D will be using the big tables, The two Color Theory classes will be using the small south studio and the two Drawing I classes will be using the model stand area.)  With approximately 100 students enrolled this semester in this 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, color theory 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 09”  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:
    August 17, Monday:             First day of class.

    August 24, Monday:             Dr. William Eickhorst's exhibit, "Coloring Outside the Lines: Exploring the
                                                 Boundary Between Painting and Photography" opens in the Campanella

    August 30, Sunday              Eickhorst opening. 1:00-3:00.  Students welcome!

    September 4, Friday            "First Friday"  Gallery openings in the Crossroads District, KCMO.

    September 7, Monday         NO CLASS - Labor Day.

    September 9, Wednesday:   First group critique. Minimum two paintings due.

    September 17, Thursday      WCT's  3:00 & 6:00

    September 23, Wednesday: Convocation.  11:00 Breckon Sports Center.  Students urged to attend.

    Sept. 25, 26, 27                    Plaza Art Fair.  Opportunity for Park art students to volunteer to staff the
                                                  booth of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

    October 1, Friday.                 "First Friday"

    October 5 & 7,  M & W          MID-TERM CRITIQUES.   Sign-up for individual session.  Five paintings due.

    October 12 & 14                    NO CLASSES - Fall Break

    October 26, Monday             Michael Wickerson sculpture and drawing exhibit: "Cupola Cart" opens in the
                                                  Campanella Gallery.

    October 29, Thursday           WCT's  3:00 & 6:00
                                                  Last day to withdraw

    November 6, Friday              "First Friday"

    November 9, Monday            Second Group Critique.

    November 11, Wednesday     NO CLASS - Veteran's Day

    November  26, 27                  Thanksgiving

    November 30, Monday          John Sutton's Senior Exhibition opens in the Campanella Gallery. 
                                                  First of three student solo exhibits.  Watch for reception dates.

    December 2, Wednesday      Last class and Final Group Critique.

    December 4, Friday               "First Friday"

    December 5 - 10                    Finals Week.  Individual Critique times TBA

    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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
    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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
    The above is Park's official attendence policy.

    MY ATTENDANCE POLICY IS AS FOLLOWS: of the  28 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: .

    Acrylic supplies

    Painting vocabulary

    Acrylic supplies

    Painting vocabulary


    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Analysis: Drawing from Life                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Strong drawing skills, as a basis for the paintings, are evident throughout the  portfolio. Adequate drawing skills, as a basis for the paintings, are evident throughout the portfolio. Poor drawing skills, as a basis for the paintings, are evident throughout the portfolio.

    No drawing skills, as a basis for the paintings, are evident in the portfolio. 
    Synthesis: Abstraction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
    2, 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    At least one painting in the portfolio demonstrates a strong understanding of abstraction.

    At least one  painting in the portfolio demon-strates an adequate understanding of abstraction. At least one painting in the portfolio demonstrates an  inadequate understanding of abstraction. Abstraction has not been attempted in the  portfolio. 
    Application: Compositional Unity                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Most of the paintings in the portfolio demonstrate a high level of compositional unity. Most of the paintings in the portfolio demonstrate an adequate level of compositional unity. Most of the paintings in the portfolio demonstrate an inadequate level of compositional unity. Compositional unity is not evident in any of the paintings in the portfolio. 
    Evaluation: Critique                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
    A well developed verbal design & painting vocabulary is used regularly to contribute to class critiques. A growing verbal design & painting vocabulary is evident in  occasional contributions to class critiques. Little evidence of verbal design & painting vocabulary.  Rarely contributes to class critiques. No evidence of verbal design & painting vocabulary.  Does not contribute to class critiques. 
    Content of Communication: Illusion of form & volume                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    1, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    The painting portfolio demonstrates a wide range of successful techniques for the creation of the illusion of form & volume on two-dimensional surfaces. The painting portfolio demonstrates an adequate level of skill in the  creation of the illusion of form & volume on  two-dimensional surfaces. The painting portfolio demonstrates an inadequate level of skill in the creation of the illusion of form & volume on two-dimensional surfaces. The painting portfolio does not demonstrate  skill in the creation of the illusion of form & volume on two-dimensional surfaces. 
    Technical Skill in Communication: Painting technique & craftsmanship                                                                                                                                                                                       
    4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    The painting portfolio demonstrates a high degree of skill in painting

    techniques, ease in handling paint and craftsmanship. 
    The painting portfolio demonstrates an adequate level of skill in painting techniques, growing ease in handling paint, and adequate craftsmanship. The painting portfolio demonstrates an inadequate level of skill in painting techniques, a lack of ease in handling paint  and poor craftsmanship. The painting portfolio demonstrates extremely poor skills in painting techniques, great unease in handling paint and very poor craftsmanship. 
    Degree of Competency: Use of Color theory                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Thorough understanding of color theory is evident in the paintings. An adequate and  developing understanding of the use of color theory is evident in the paintings. Inadequate understanding and only slight development in the use of color theory is evident in the paintings. Neither understanding nor development in the use of color theory is evident in the paintings. 
    Discipline Competency: Quality of work                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
    The portfolio consists of more than 5 paintings of adequate quality. The portfolio consists of the

    minimum of 5 paintings of adequate quality. 
    The portfolio consists of fewer than 5 paintings of adequate quality. Paintings are of inadequate quality and fewer than 5 paintings are in the portfolio. 


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