Painting I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 132

       Course Name: Painting I

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 105: Fundamentals of Two Dimensional Art or ART 131: Drawing I.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides basic understanding of traditional and contemporary painting materials. Media include acrylics/oils and watercolors. Topics include development of pictorial composition and spatial characteristics, with emphasis on color related to the concept of the work. Studio work outside of regular class time required.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Students will recognize and identify traditional, modern and contemporary painting media, including acrylic, oil, and watercolor.
  2. Students will paint using one or more media to produce original art works that demonstrate understanding of contemporary painting procedures.
  3. Students will identify and apply color and palette systems and thematic variations in the works they produce.
  4. Students will apply surface preparation techniques, including stretching canvas, framing, matting and mounting to produce finished work ready for exhibition.
  5. Students will evaluate and discuss through class critique their own, as well as others’ art work, using appropriate art vocabulary.


V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to Basic Painting Systems
    1. Pigment and vehicles, with examples and illustrations
      1. Oil
      2. Acrylic
      3. Watercolor
    2. Introduction of Major Media, with advantages/disadvantages
      1. Oil
      2. Acrylic
      3. Water color
    3. Introduction of Major Supports
      1. Rag paper/ paper
      2. Prepared Masonite panel/wood
      3. Canvas/linen
    4. Brushes
      1. Functions
      2. Sizes
      3. Shape
      4. Types
      5. Cleaning/storage/care
  2. Color and Palette Systems
    1. Color theory
    2. Systems
      1. Achromatic
      2. Pure spectral/analogous
      3. Tonal and monochromatic
      4. Polychromatic
      5. Earth tones
      6. Complimentary and full palette spectral
      7. Skin color formulas
    3. Color mixing (pigment)
      1. Brilliance/intensity
      2. Tone/value
      3. Hue
      4. Transparency
      5. Opacity.
  3. Paper: as Support
    1. Paper stretching techniques
    2. Media (acrylic, water color) manipulation
      1. Washes
      2. Wet in wet - graduated color
      3. Wet over dry
      4. Dry brush
      5. Resist
      6. Sgraffito
  4. Canvas: As Support
    1. Stretchers - Assembly and Squaring
    2. Raw Duck, Gesso/Primed
    3. Stretching: Procedure and Technique
    4. Painting Approaches
      1. Under painting - (tonal)
      2. Under painting - (coloristic)
      3. Alla prima - (direct)
      4. Impasto
      5. Glazing
      6. Scumbling
  5. Thematic Variations
    1. Still Life
    2. Montage and Photographic Source
    3. Non-pictorial assemblage or construction
    4. Master Replication
    5. Self-portrait
    6. Mood or dream based
  6. Health and Safety Practices
    1. Proper use of materials
    2. Clean-up procedures
    3. Proper storage practices (including flammable and/or toxic materials)
    4. Ethical and legal considerations for disposal

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of instruction include lectures, demonstrations, PowerPoint, Internet searches, films specific problem solving, class and individual critiques, and practical art studio painting time.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course is taught as a face-to-face course.

  1. Studio work:  paintings made during class.
  2. Field work:  paintings assigned as homework.
  3. Oral response:  Participation in critiques.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Students are given a list of the materials and media needed at the beginning of the semester.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Evaluation methods include class critiques of each major area of concentration, class critiques of individual paintings, and a final overview critique. There is also individualized on going, day-to-day evaluation of student's progress in the art studio section.
  2. Attendance is mandated by instructor.

XI.   Other Course Information

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. This class might also involve the use of nude models and nudity, which is standard practice in studio art classes. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.