ARTDES 104 - Watercolor for Non-Majors
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Art and Design (ARTDES)
Department: School of Art and Design
3 (Non-LSA credit).
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May not be repeated for credit.
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All visual artists use their colors and values to create shapes that culminate in a unified, harmonious whole. The knowledge and skill of the artist is apparent in the finished work. With most media it is the paint vehicles-oils, acrylics, pastel, crayons- that keep the pigment contained and consistent. In watercolor, it is water that releases the individuality of the pigments. Watercolor is medium of beguiling ironies. It takes great skill to control, yet must appear to be free of control. Physically it needs room to move easily, but without running away. Painting in watercolor requires a disciplined approach that at the same time does not stifle the result. You might compare the experience of applying a watercolor wash to that of throwing a ball a long distance and being there, perhaps a little out of breath, to catch it just at the right time. In attempting to master this uniquely diverse medium, you must first become acquainted with its tools and technique, and then practice what you have learned over and over again.

This course provides the students with primary experience in the use of transparent watercolor paints as a means of visual expression. Students will be introduced to different technique and medium that is used in water media. The use of opaque water-based paints such as gouache and casein will be discussed and encouraged as appropriate. Most importantly, the course provides students in any level with the opportunity to work toward the goals of greater depth, individuality and quality in their art.

Observational, abstract and non-objective content in painting will be encouraged. The course will consist of: painting demonstrations, lectures, projects or assignments to be completed during and outside of class time, as well as group and individual critiques. You will need to spend whatever time is necessary, outside of class, to successfully complete the work no later than your final individual critique.

Grading: Grades for each project will be based on the quality and creativity demonstrated in the work. The factors considered are comprehension and interpretation of the assignment, technical competence, creative expression, and originality. The final grade will be based on a weighted average of these individual grades, plus an overall assessment of the body of work produced.

Attendance: Regular attendance is required.

ARTDES 104 - Watercolor for Non-Majors
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001 (LAB)
MW 7:00PM - 10:00PM
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