AR261 Painting II

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AR 261: Painting II


FA 2010 HO


Donna Bachmann


Professor of Art, Program Coordinator of Fine 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

Office Hours

M & W: 1:00-1:30  and 4:15-5:15  and Fri. 9:00-11:00 and by appointment

Daytime Phone

Office phone & voice mail: 816-584-6457

Other Phone

Home phone:816-384-4419


Semester Dates

August 16 - December 3, 2010

Class Days

Monday & Wednesday

Class Time



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 me.   I encourage students who have not yet experimented with oil paint to consider doing so.  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:
   Weekly critiques.  During the first half of the semester Painting I students will  briefly critique their "weekly" painting study each Monday at 1:35.  I would very much like you, as more advanced students, to contribute to these short critiques and to bring your finished paintings and work in progress to share with these classmates.  You should be producing at least one finished work every other week this semester so take advantage of these critiques to pace your own production.

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 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. 4 and 6
                                              Minimum of five completed paintings due.

Final Critiques:                   Final Critique week: Dec. 6-10.  Our Final Critique times are:  TBA
Minimum of five additional paintings since mid-term.


    Attendance, contribution to critiques       10%

    Mid-term Portfolio                                       35
   3 exhibition reviews                                    10
    Final Portfolio (Core Assessment)          45
         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:
The six advanced painting students will use the north area for their personal studio space to organize as you wish.  Each of you will have assigned an easel.  Please label it with your name and Fall 2010

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 2010”  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.   It's number is 816-584-6458.

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:

Three Short Written Art Reviews.  
In addition to producing from 10 to 12 paintings this semester you will also write three short reviews of contemporary painting exhibits you visit.  Only one of them can be from the Campanella Gallery.  These should be from 1 1/2 to 2 pages in length.  Follow the three part outline as discussed in the section on critiques: 1. Description, 2. Interpretation, and 3. Evaluation.  
Include a visual reference if possible.  Each paper must be clearly labeled with the student's name, the name of the artist, medium, gallery and location.  Spelling, grammar, punctuation, and most of all, clarity of thought and language are paramount.  Do not hand in rough drafts.  All reviews are to be turned in via 
e-mail by the three due dates indicated.  


August 16, Monday:             First day of class.

August 18, Wednesday:      Visit  the Campanella Gallery to view and discuss Philomene Bennett's current painting exhibit.

August 23, Monday:             1:35, critique of first painting (and each successive Monday 
prior to Mid-term.)
Each student reports outside painting schedule to me via e-mail

Sept. 1, Wednesday: Visit to the Campanella Gallery to view and discuss the Gale Stockwell painting exhibit.

Sept. 3, Friday: "First Friday".  Exhibit openings in the Cross Roads Arts District in KCMO.

September 6, Monday         NO CLASS - Labor Day.

September 16, Thursday      WCT's  3:00 & 6:00

September 22, Wednesday: Fall Convocation,  12-1 Breckon Sports Center. 

September 25, Sunday: Reception for the Gale Stockwell Exhibit, 2:00-4:00

September 29, Wednesday:  First exhibit review due to Donna via e-mail.

October 1, Friday: "First Friday" Exhibit openings in the Crowwroads Arts District in KCMO.

 October 4 & 6,  M & W          MID-TERM CRITIQUES.   Sign-up for individual session.  
  Five paintings due.
 Work chosen for the Theatre Lobby Exhibit.  Installed  Tuesday, Oct. 5

October 11 & 13                    NO CLASSES - Fall Break

October 18, Monday Pre-registration for Spring and Summer semesters begins.  Fall II begins.

October 18,  Monday             Orkhan  Miralayev and Parvana Shamkhalova: Azerbaijani Painters  opens 
in   the Campanella Gallery

October 27, Wednesday Second exhibit review due via e-mail

October 28, Thursday           WCT's  3:00 & 6:00
                                                 Last day to withdraw

November 5, Friday "First Fridays" exhibit openings in the Crossroads Arts District of KCMO.

November 11, Thursday     NO CLASS - Veteran's Day

November  25, 26                  Thanksgiving Holiday

November 29, Monday   Ivy Chapin's Senior Art Exhibit Opens in the Campanella Gallery
          First of two student solo exhibits.  Watch for reception dates.
 Third exhibit review due via e-mail.

December 1, Wednesday      Last class and Final Group Critique.

December 3, Friday               "First Friday"

December 6 - 10                    Finals Week.  Individual Critique times TBA

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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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