ART 243/244 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences Date: February 2014


Curricula in which Course is Taught:  Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration


Course Number and Title:            ART 243-244, Watercolor I-II


Credit Hours:  3-4 Credits Each   Hours Wk/Lec:  Variable    Hours/Wk Lab:  Variable Lec/Lab Comb:  Studio instruction and lecture variable



                    I.        Catalog DescriptionPresents abstract and representational painting in watercolor with emphasis on design, color, composition, technique and value. Prerequisite ART 131, or divisional approval.


                  II.        Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: This course should be considered as a fundamental preparation for more advanced fine art or design courses.  It is a transfer course which meets fine arts requirements in the Liberal Arts Humanities Specialization.


                 III.        Required background:  ENF 1


                IV.        Course Content

A.                       Vocabulary of art terms

B.                       Contour, shape, and texture

C.                      Color wheel, value scale

D.                      Composition and rhythm

E.                       Complementary colors and neutrals

F.                       Figure drawing, portrait in drawing

G.                      Perspective and landscapes

H.                      Preparing the watercolor paper and other surfaces

I. Visiting/ Preparing art displays


V.         Learner Outcomes


Students will:


VI.  Evaluation

  1. Learn the fundamentals of painting in watercolor
  2. Learn to apply various skills in designing artwork for exhibition in a museum or gallery
  3. Learn vocabulary relating to painting
  4. Learn design concepts including proportion, space, balance, rhythm, and composition.

Students will be evaluated on multiple painting projects and assignments as designed by faculty.  In addition, students will be assessed on the basis of some combination of quizzes, tests, and other projects as assigned by faculty.


VII.      This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Personal Development