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Course Syllabus

Painting Beginning Intermediate and Advanced levels 

Course Syllabus and Supply List 


Landscape Handout

Students will explore how to use Space, Linear and Atmospheric Perspective to create their Landscapes. Utilizing more expressive painting techniques, students will create a naturalistic landscape by exploring the balance of color, composition and aesthetics from highlights and shadows, Exploring techniques like alla prima (wet on wet paint) and palette knifes as tools for applying on the surface of the canvas. Students will also understand the differences between Monochrome, Complementary and Analogous color Combinations to create their landscapes. 


Self-Portrait Lecture

Portraiture is a genre in painting where the intent is to depict a human subject. Each portrait should reflect your own personality, interests, and appearance; it may also reflect personal, cultural and social issues. Students will select one artist to explore, considering the styles in which the artist used and recreate a self-portrait from that specific artist.

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Still Life, Color Wheel and 
Achromatic Gray Scale

An achromatic grayscale helps 

distinguish the value between 

highlights from light to dark. A color wheel is a visual representation of colors arranged according to their chromatic relationship. 


Landscape Painting Lecture 

Landscape painting refers to an artistic genre defined by a focus on natural scenery as subject matter; depicting a variety of settings, such as mountains, forests, rivers, and beaches. The Plein Air approach was pioneered by John Constable in Britain but from about 1860 it became fundamental to impressionism. The French term plein air means out of doors and refers to the practice of painting entire finished pictures out of doors. 


Final Painting Lecture

A key aspect of your paintings is to incorporate what you have discovered when researching your individual artists to create your own final painting. Consider their styles, process, concepts, color relationships, and a reflection upon their work when researching. Students will select one main work of art and create their final painting in that selected style.   

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Still-Life Lecture

With origins in the Middle Ages and Ancient Greco-Roman art, Still-Life’s emerged as a distinct genre and professional specialization in Western art by the late 16th century. Students will create a painting of objects through direct observation. An emphasis on structure within the relationship and arrangement of objects by using various painting techniques. Variety through contrast and value when using acrylic paints to successfully depict the illusion of three-dimensional form and space.  


Self-Portrait Handout

Select one specific artist to research and explore their artistic styles, conceptually/figuratively, as well as, including their painting approaches and themes. You may consider the styles in which the artist used and recreate a portrait from that specific artist. Try to develop a context to your self-portrait; juxtaposing different elements and themes can be explored throughout your process when creating your paintings. 


Final Painting Handout

For the Final painting assignment students can explore any concepts and ideas that may include narrative, figurative iconography, abstraction, representation, political art, portraiture and surrealism to name a few. Students will demonstrate similar painting techniques from selected artists, exploring how to apply color theory elements to use a color scheme that matches the intended mood of their artist. Students will demonstrate a balance of color, composition and aesthetics from highlights and shadows. 

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