Painting II

Painting II

Class Objectives


This class provides students an opportunity to explore painting in depth and gain artistic independence. During the class students will concentrate on developing their art history knowledge, painting techniques, and expand the limitations of painting. Students will understand how to work critically through analysis and interpretation while completing paintings on a larger scale.


By the end of this term students should have met the following objectives:

  1. Expand ideas and concepts to express personal “voice”.
  2. Develop technical skills and application of paint.
  3. Apply the Elements and Principles of Design in a cohesive manner.
  4. Articulate thoughts on artworks using the Describe / Analyze / Interpret / Evaluate method.
  5. Employ color theory to effectively express ideas.


Originality and Plagiarism


Originality and creativity are important components of this course. Students will not make direct use of another artist’s work and call it their own; this violates copyright laws and is plagiarism, and will result in an automatic failure for the project, and possibly the class. Students are encouraged to work only from personal photographs that they themselves have taken. Other artist’s work may be used as reference for personal artwork, but the work being referenced should be altered to such a degree that the original artist’s intent is in no way recognizable in the student’s work. Copying and/or duplicating of another artist work and calling it your own is cheating and fraudulent, and is not permissible in this course.


You must work from your own images for all of these paintings. Be prepared and find your images early.


Instructional Resources:


Lecture, group and individual discussion, independent and group projects, art criticism writings and readings.


Overarching Learning Targets


I can…

  • Create artwork that expresses an idea and demonstrates learning.
  • Create a collection of artwork.
  • Participate in an art studio.
  • Revise my artwork based on feedback.
  • Reflect on my artwork.
  • Analyze artwork.




This is an advanced class in the art department at STMA. Some of the expectations for the class are:

  • Continual work in class (USE the class time that is available!)
  • Please stay off your cell phones. Keep them in your pocket.
  • Work outside of class time (you will NOT be able to complete all the work this class entails during class time only!)
  • Keeping your work and material organized and clean (Sketchbook/ binder/ portfolio)
  • Exploring new and creative themes (not hashing and rehashing old or the same concepts)
  • Exploring new mediums that you might not be familiar with.
  • Challenge yourself to work outside your comfort zone in art.
  • Persevere through struggles during the art making process
  • Seek out extra help and guidance if needed (other students or me)
  • Demonstrate skill, craftsmanship and effort during the art making process (show respect for your work!)
  • Begin to understand that art is not made in a vacuum and that it is influenced by history and the world around us and you!
  • Critiques are an important part of the art making process
  • Understand that being able to describe and discuss your work using proper terminology is an important part of being an artist.




  • Look at artwork daily (artwork is not created in a vacuum)
    • Professional
      • Books
      • Internet
      • Museums
    • Each other’s work
      • Get ideas from one another
    • Unique/Creative work
  • Talk about art
  • Use your sketchbook!!!!
  • Create your own work that is not due for this class!!
    • Work begets work
  • Visit the local museums and galleries
    • MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Art)
    • MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design)
    • Walker (Loring Park Area/Downtown Minneapolis)
    • Weisman (University of Minnesota)
    • Gallery 360, Mpls.




Grades are based on individual assignment criteria, participation in class discussion and critiques, timely completion of work, and each student’s citizenship in the class (Cooperation, Attitude, and Attendance). Break down is typically Effort- Craftsmanship/ Perseverance- Originality/Creativity- Design.




  1. Written
  2. Group


Class Projects


Students will complete a portfolio of work that demonstrates their personal growth as a painter throughout the duration of the course. Students will have the opportunity to use acrylic or watercolor. Students will also expand their use of materials and art history knowledge through research and discussion.


Materials List

o   Multiple #2 Pencils

o   Eraser

o   Sketch Book- not a notebook!!

o   Three ring binder or Folder

o   Shirt or Apron (optional)

o   $15.00 or a check made out to St. Michael – Albertville Schools.


(There is a $15.00 this is to cover costs of paint, brushes, and other materials that are an essential part of the class)


Classroom Guidelines/Expectations


Tardiness – If a student is late to class, he/she will be given a tardy. If a student receives four tardies, he/she will receive an after school detention.


Appropriate dress is required at all times in Painting; you will be required to work no matter what you are dressed in. We will be working with paint that can stain clothes. Students have the option of wearing work aprons or a painting shirt but are not required to do so.

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