ART 050  Introduction to Painting SPRING 2010

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 am – 11:45 110 PAC                     



ART 050  INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING  (GA) - Fred Haag , Associate Professor of Visual Arts 

phone: 771-4044  office: rm# 111 PAC (lower level Pullo Bldg.)




            Introduction to making art through painting media; designed for non-majors seeking a general overview of studio practice.  Use of Color, Brushwork, Design, and Drawing will be emphasized, along with the exploration two-dimensional elements to promote the unity of a given format using a variety of techniques, materials, and tools.  A brief Power Point/ Oral presentation is also required.



            Art 050 exposes students to the concepts, concerns, and techniques of painting.  The course will be constructed upon painting exercises, color analysis, the interpretation of basic painting, drawing, color, and design elements, along with surface preparation and problem solving.  The goal of the course is to enable students to gain a working visual vocabulary, sound painting, and criteria for personal evaluation, along with an appreciation for painting and the visual arts.



1) Basic Painting Problems and Materials, What is Painting?     

A.   Familiarization of tools and supplies (brushes, paints, surfaces)

   B.  Figure / Ground exercises

                             1. Interdependence

                             2. Interruption

    C.  Exploring the Elements of ART

1. Line, Shape, Color, Value, Texture

                             2. Student Power Point Presentations on painters

                             (Schedule and artist list will be posted on ANGEL)

2)  Expanding Upon    Painting Problems

A.   Landscape
B.    Still-life
C.   Figure

3)    Analysis of the Masters’ methods

                A. Line, movement                    B. Tonal values

4)    Color as an Expressive  Element

5)    Exploring your idea of Painting


Students will complete in-class exercises and submit a finished painting or exercise  each week or two, to be critiqued in class.  These (-bi) weekly works will constitute the assignments mentioned below, along with a final project. 


Students will pursue independent work; developing paintings and studies that reflect in-class problems.


Oral presentation: Students will study painting by researching the work of an important painter, and give a 5-minute presentation that informs the class of the artist’s aesthetic vision and his/her style of painting.  All presentations will use power point. These will begin during the third week of the semester.


            The grading criterion involves the degree of the student's discipline, progression of one's work, and a dedicated attitude toward attendance.  In-class work is crucial, and attendance is required (see policy below).  Late work will be penalized and the value/grade will fall by 5% for each day late and for each late assignment.  Students are evaluated on in-class work and on the weekly assignments and a double weighted final project/portfolio.

                        Individual Assignments are graded on the following criteria:

                        1. Following the given problem of the assignment

                        2. Overall craft and technique

                        3. Development of creative solutions

                        4. Presentation



1. Examinations will take the form of weekly and bi-weekly projects based on material and ideas provided in class lectures and exercises.

            A. Each project to be weighted at 100 points

            B. Total of approximately 1000 points  for the semester

            C. Occasional in-class work will be assigned,  not to exceed 25 points per project.


2. Examinations/Projects will be graded on the following:

            A. Following the Problem

            B. Craft and Technique

            C. Creative Painting Solutions

            D. Presentation and critical discussion


3. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook, or portfolio.  At least 3 works per week should  be developed  independently for later review.


4. Student's participation in class critiques is essential in developing a good design sense.  Participation and attendance will influence grades.


5. The Final Project will be a large Double Weighted * assignment to be completed and critiqued for final exam week. * 200 points (the schedule that sets the date for the final examination in this course is found in the published Schedule of Courses)




1. All assigned work must be handed in during the class period. I will not accept any assignments outside of class or via my mailbox.


  2. Late Work.  I will not accept late work (paintings and projects) unless the following criteria are met:

- instructor must be contacted before the deadline ( no extensions will be granted on the date that the work is due).

- the student provides evidence of work in progress.

- a timetable for completion is established.


Late work that is granted an extension will have 5% deducted from the grade for each day the work is late (see grading policy).  If this policy is not used the late work will receive an F.  However, all painting assignments and other work must be completed in order to pass the course.


3. Academic Integrity: All students are expected to act with civility,  personal integrity; respect other students' dignity, rights and property; and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their own efforts.  An environment of academic integrity is requisite to respect for self and others and a civil community.


Academic integrity includes a commitment to not engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception.  Such acts of dishonesty include cheating or copying, plagiarizing, submitting another persons' work as one's own, using Internet sources without citation, fabricating field data or citations, "ghosting" (taking or having another student take an exam), stealing examinations, tampering with the academic work of another student, facilitating other students' acts of academic dishonesty, etc.


Students charged with a breach of academic integrity will receive due process and, if the charge is found valid, academic sanctions may range, depending on the severity of the offense, from F for the assignment to F for the course.  


The University's statement on academic integrity, from which the above statement is drawn, is available at


4. Attendance and deportment. I expect students to attend classes, to be in class on time, and to behave in a manner that shows respect for fellow students, myself, and the values of the University. If students are absent, they are not taking the course, and they should either drop the class or be willing to accept a failing grade.  After five (5)absences your grade will be lowered by half a letter grade. Between six and eleven

(6-11) absences will result in the grade being lowered an entire letter grade. After

twelve (12) absences, students are urged to drop the course. Too much will be missed,

and your class participation and collaborative learning exercises will result in a failing grade.  Students that are more than five minutes late will be considered absent. 

Tardiness is disruptive and disrespectful.


            Disruptive individuals will be reported to the Director of Academic Affairs and/ or they will be dismissed from the classroom.  Disruptive behavior includes actions that interfere with, hinder, obstruct, or prevent the regular operation of the University or actions that infringe upon the rights of others to participate freely in its programs and services.

            By disruptive, I do not mean students who are engaging in the values of the University: the search for truth; the freedom of thought, inquiry, speech; the freedom to hear, examine, and debate theories, data, and views.    


5. Students with Disabilities

  • Commonwealth College Disability Statement

Penn State is committed to providing access to a quality education for all

students, including those with documented disabilities. If a student has a

disability and wishes an accommodation for a course, it is the student's

responsibility to obtain a University letter confirming the disability and

suggesting appropriate accommodation. This letter can be requested from the York

campus Disability Contact Liaisons, Dr. Sharon Christ, Student Affairs (ALL); Dr. Cora Dzubak, Learning Center (LEARNING); and Nan Flesher, Admissions (PHYSICAL). 

Students are encouraged to request accommodation early in the semester so that, once identified,reasonable accommodation can be implemented in a timely manner.


6.         "You are strongly encouraged to use ANGEL or your Penn State e-mail account to communicate with instructor of this course. The instructor is not obliged to respond to messages sent by a student from a commercial account, e.g., AOL; yahoo; gmail; msn, etc."







I will be available in my office, room # 111 PAC on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:50 to 2:45 pm, and by appointment if necessary.

Spring  2010  OUTLINE

Week   1.  Jan  11 - 15    Intro to Supplies and Tools           see supply list 

                                       Color Chart assignment #1

2.   Jan 18 - 22 Painting and Design in Grouping   

                                       Memory Painting                            

            3.   Jan  25 – 29   Elements,  Figure / Ground          same as above


            4.   Feb 1   - 5            same as above


            5.   Feb 8 - 12        Begin Project Presentations             same as above


            6.   Feb  15 – 19     Still-life / Landscape        same as above                                                                                   * Review Independent Work  *


            7.    Feb 22 – 26    Still-life / Landscape         same as above


            8.    March 1 - 5      Still-life / Landscape       Interior Painting Due 3/3

!!!!      MARCH  8  - 12     SPRING BREAK      !!!!

            9.   March 15  - 19  Still-life / Landscape       same as above

                                                Close-up due 3/ 17

            10. March 22  -  26   Negative Space / Expanded Problems 

same as above

            11. March 29 - April 2            same as above

                                                * Review Independent Work *

            12.  April 5 – 9    Figure Value and Tone  Analysis          ( assorted media )

                                    Friday, APRIL 9  - LATE DROP DEADLINE                                        13.  April 12 - 16  Figure Color,  Contrast of Hue and Value  

acrylic paint and collage

Possible date for BUS TRIP to WASHINGTON DC  Thursday, April 15

14.    April 19 - 23   Figure Color,  Temperature and Complementary

       Simultaneous Contrast and Extension  paint/ assorted media


15.  April 26 -  April 30     Color  and Expression

Alternative Painting Concepts / Portfolio Development ( assorted media )

                                                Landscape Due 4/28

            16. Final Project: Due during Finals week   May 3 – 6, 2010

                        (to be assigned later)  any painting media

            Final Project will be critiqued during our scheduled final exam period.


Note:  This syllabus subject to change due to unforeseen events or pedagogical concerns.



Special Flu Protocols -In compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control recommendations, students should NOT attend class or any public gatherings while ill with influenza. Students with flu symptoms will be asked to leave campus if possible and to return home during recovery. The illness and self-isolation period will usually be about a week. It is very important that individuals avoid spreading the flu to others.


Most students should be able to complete a successful semester despite a flu-induced absence.  I will provide students who are absent because of illness with a reasonable opportunity to make up missed work. Ordinarily, it is inappropriate to substitute for the missed assignment the weighting of a semester's work that does not include the missed assignment or exam. Completion of all assignments and exams assures the greatest chance for students to develop heightened understanding and content mastery that is unavailable through the weighting process. The opportunity to complete all assignments and exams supports the university's desire to enable students to make responsible situational decisions, including the decision to avoid spreading a contagious virus to other students, staff, and faculty, without endangering their academic work.


Students with the flu do not need to provide a physician's certification of illness.  However, ill students should inform me via email or ANGEL (but not through personal contact in which there is a risk of exposing others to the virus) as soon as possible that they are absent because of the flu.  Likewise students should contact me as quickly as possible to arrange to make up missed assignments or exams.


If you have questions about academic policy-related issues, please call Dr. J. P. McCormick (717) 771-4052 the Director of Academic Affairs. For health-related questions you can email Dr. Margaret Spear, director, University Health Services, at
























 The cost of supplies for the sememster is approximately $ 175.00






ART 050  Painting Supplies:   Painting Kits are available in the Bookstore. 

Additional Supplies will need to be purchased as needed.


Supply Stores:    The Art Depot, Mechanicsburg    Penn State Book Store, York


Utrecht (Baltimore and Philadelphia)                                                                                      


Graphite Pencils   5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, HB, 2H


Oil / Acrylic Brushes,


1" - 3/4" Flat or Bright


# 4, #6, or #8 Rounds


            18x24 canvas boards



            Large Tube of Titanium White and Ivory Black acrylic paint (LIQUITEX brand)


                        Cadmium Red Medium (Hue)


Cadmium Red Light (Hue)


Cadmium Yellow Medium (Hue)


Zinc or Lemon Yellow


Dioxinine Purple


Alizarin Crimson


Pthalocyanine Blue (phthalo)


Pthalocyanine Green (phthalo)


Ultramarine Blue




Cobalt Blue

                        Scarlet Red

                        Yellow Ochre

                        Prism Violet

                        Burnt Umber

Notes: ____________________________________________________________