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ARTS 2621

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Watercolor
Prerequisite(s) ARTS1610 and ARTS 1620 (or permission of dept. chair)
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course examines the medium of watercolor. Emphasis is placed on the skillful handling of the medium, color, and composition.

Expected Educational Results
Students will have and understanding of the watercolor medium including the use of washes, brush work, and other water color techniques.

General Education Outcomes
I.    This course addresses the general educational outcome relation to communication skills as follows:
1. Students develop their speaking skills by critically explaining their solutions to visual design problems as well as critiquing the work of their peers.
2. Students develop their listening skills through group critiques as well as comprehension of assigned problems.
3. Students develop their reading and writing skills through writing analyses of each design project created. Students learn the verbal and visual vocabulary of design and color in order to express their solutions to design problems verbally and visually.

II.    This course addresses the general educational outcome of effective individual and group problem-solving and critical thinking as follows:

4. Students demonstrate problem-solving skills by creating effective solutions to design problems.
5. Students work individually as well as in groups to explore solutions to design problems.

III.    This course addresses the general educational outcome of using mathematical concepts and applying the scientific method as follows:

6. Students analyze linear direction, geometry, spatial organization, color theory, time, and motion to create effective visual organizations of these elements.
7. Students explore the design fundamentals of scale, proportion, balance, unity, variety, rhythm, and pattern. Students use their discoveries as a basis for the organization of the visual elements and the creation of effective compositions (design solutions).
8. Students develop their perceptual awareness, technical handling of a variety of media, and design solution skills.

IV.    This course addresses the general educational outcome of organizing information through the use of computer software packages by the introduction of the computer as a medium to be used in the solution to painting and color problems.

Course Content
Students explore the medium of watercolor from a variety of assignments designed to develop the student’s dexterity in the use of the medium. Drawing composition, and color are explored in painting assignments.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
The course grade will be determined by the completion and the quality of all work assigned to the student. The instructor assesses the student’s competence in the handling of a variety of media, the student’s successful solution and prompt completion of the problem assigned (perceptual awareness, innovative solutions, aesthetic sensibility, and disciplined work habits) as well as the student’s participation and cooperation in class including critiques, group projects, and regular attendance. The student assembles the semesters’ projects in a professionally presented portfolio. The instructor will grade each project and the average of these grades will determine the grade for the semester.
The instructor will give the student written information as to the course description and objectives, absentee policy, a description of the semester’s assignments, and the percentage values of each assignment in the determination of the student’s grade. This information shall be in the form of a syllabus and given to the student the first week of class.

Portfolio reviews function as the primary means of evaluation of students seeking acceptance into BFA programs at four year institutions; therefore the student’s portfolio serves as a primary method of assessment by the instructor and the department.
The student builds a portfolio of work in each course. Outstanding works from each course are then chosen for inclusion in the student’s professional portfolio. Students are taught proper presentation of work (matting and framing), documentation of work (slides), as well as the preparation of a resume in order to present a professional body of work.
Student portfolios are reviewed by the instructor each semester to determine the student’s grade and to confirm that the student has realized the expected objectives for that course. Because of the favorable instructor/ student ration (12:1) in studio art courses as well as the numerous contact hours (6 per week) instructors can individually critique and guide students suggesting strategies to achieve the objectives for the course.
Each spring the entire visual arts faculty reviews works submitted by the students for inclusion in the Student Art Exhibition. An important part of this process is that all members of the art faculty see the works produced in each course on an annual basis. The faculty sees the works produced in each course on an annual basis. The faculty discusses strengths and weaknesses of the work being made in each course, suggesting methods for improving the work being produced. Formal recommendations from this review will be considered annually with the department chair.
Another means of assessment shall be our department’s documentation of our student’s acceptance into four-year institutions. Our Visual Arts Coordinator meets annually with the fine arts department chairs from the Regents System in the annual "State of the Arts Conference." At this conference we discuss our curriculum, the quality of our student’s work, and ask for suggestions to improve our program to better prepare our students.
A departmental file of instructor syllabi and a photographic documentation of student work are kept. These syllabi and slides are used for yearly assessment, instructional support, public relations, and recruitment. The faculty meets yearly with the department chair to assess each course fulfillment of objectives, consider improvements in course content and teaching effectiveness. These recommendations shall be documented and implemented for strengthening the course.

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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