Watercolor II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 245

       Course Name: Watercolor II

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 145 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues ART 145 Watercolor I, with further development of techniques, style, approach, concept and content. Advanced studies and exercises to produce more finished and accomplished work. Individual approach (style) and self- directed concepts stressed. Studio work outside of scheduled class time required.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Student will paint and produce original works of art that indicate an understanding of:
    1. Color balance and harmony
    2. Compositional balance
    3. Spatial recession
    4. Paper selection and preparation
    5. Brush selection and use
    6. Expanded use of watercolor “effects”
  2. Student will perform basic skills related to watercolor, i.e., stretching, matting, mounting, and framing.
  3. Student will explore to a greater degree watercolor painting techniques as related to style, mood and approach.
  4. Student will evaluate and discuss through class critique his/her own, as well as other’s art work.
  5. Student will demonstrate verbal articulation using art and watercolor related 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. Value relationships: Value to create mood
    1. Academic full value range
    2. Light value work
    3. Mid value work
    4. Dark value work
    5. High drama (light and dark) values
  2. Color relationships: Painting done in specific color harmony
    1. Complimentary
    2. Split-complimentary
    3. Triadic
    4. Analogues
    5. Monochromatic
    6. Intuitive
  3. Techniques: Continued and ongoing expanded investigation of watercolor as media.
    1. Expressive
    2. Stroke, broken color
    3. Puddle painting
    4. Drips, pours, runs

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of instruction include lectures, demonstrations, films and/or PowerPoints, 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

  1. Studio work: paintings made during class
  2. Field work: paintings assigned as homework
  3. Oral response: participation in critiques
  4. Attendance: mandated by instructor

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 what materials and specific supplies are 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 critique of individual paintings, and a final overview critique. Individualized and personal day-to-day evaluation of student’s progress during the art studio section.
  2. Attendance: attendance policy is mandated by the instructor.

XI.   Other Course Information

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 www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

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.