Painting II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 232

       Course Name: Painting II

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 132 or consent of instructor or chairperson

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is a continuation of ART 132, focusing on personal approach. No media restrictions. Studio work outside of regular class time required.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Student will compose, design and paint a “series” of four (minimum) concept and subject related original art works.
    1. Realistic
    2. Impressionistic or painterly
    3. Semi-abstract
    4. Abstract
  2. Student will investigate a variety of size/scale change from miniature to large 3’ x 4’ easel paintings.
  3. Student will explore and implement the use of an expanded palette of artist’s colors available in paint.
  4. Student will discuss and evaluate his/her theme series of paintings, as well as others through class critique.

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. Review of paint handling and color theory.
  2. Extended use of palette for expression.
  3. Extending the size and scope of the canvas.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Demonstrations
  2. Studio Work and some outside work
  3. PowerPoints (current area artists and historical paintings)
  4. Discussions and critiques held throughout

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attendance - Missing 3 classes will lower course grade by one letter; missing parts of classes will affect evaluation.
  2. A minimum of six (6) paintings are to be completed.
    1. Two (2) works in different “painterly” approaches that explore the physical attributes of paint and mark making.
    2. One (1) direct painting from live model.
    3. Two (2) abstract paintings. One (1) of mild abstraction from a representation visual source, the second (2nd) from this same source taken to pure abstraction.
    4. One (1) large scale, minimum 4 feet in one dimension of student’s choice.
  3. Paintings and projects must be handed in on time.
  4. Work outside of class time (minimum of 3 hours per week).

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

See "Painting Materials List" from instructor’s handout

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grades will be based on:

  1. How well each painting/project fulfills the following:

    Using range of media, strength of media

    Originality, creativity, personal reason for making the work

    Aesthetic concerns - interrelationship of concept - shape -line - value; color - compositions - technique

  2. Attendance is mandated by instructor
  3. Participation in critiques
  4. Hand in assignments on due date
  5. Final grade for paintings will be based on an average of each individually graded and critiqued painting.

XI.   Other Course Information

Make-up exams, incomplete grades, late assignments are at the discretion of the instructor.

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.