Spring 2010

Integrative Arts (INART 494) Watercolor

INART 494 Research Projects (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

Research Projects (1-12)

PREREQ:  approval of instructor, successful completion of ART 010, 020, and 050


Fred Haag , Associate Professor of Visual Arts 

phone: 771-4044  office: rm# 111 PAC (Pullo Building)       E-mail: fch2@psu.edu

[1- 12  credits]  Monday – Friday 10:00am – 11:40am (and by appointment)




INART 494   allows students to study a variety of art disciplines and different ways of making art while they create a series of independent projects .  This course is tailored for LASCC students wishing to further their studio practices beyond the“0” level Studio ART courses.  INART 494 requires students to develop a program of study and create a project portfolio.  The course involves class/studio time plus Independent lab time.  INART 494 will include in-class projects (working from life and from direct observation and developing expressive qualities) along with independent creative research.



INART 494 will require students to further their artistic and aesthetic sensibilities beyond the requirements of regular studio art courses.  This course will investigate objective, descriptive, and expressive qualities, along with the interpretation of subject matter, and problem solving.  The goal of the course is to outline and complete a creative project (with instructor approval.)


1)  Expanding upon the problems of making art

2)  Aspects of personal expression vs. research

3)   Exploration of research themes

4)    Development of Portfolio tied to individual research



The grading criterion involves the degree of the student's discipline, progression of one's work, and a dedicated attitude toward attendance, meetings, and deadlines.  In-class work is crucial, after 3 absences (or missed appointments) the course grade will be reduced by one grade level.  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 the quality of their projects and in their ability to adhere to project deadlines.  Other criteria include; the  completion of assignments,  research projects,  and a final project/portfolio.

                        Individual Assignments are graded on the following criteria:

                        1. Following the stated goal / problem of the project

                        2. Overall craft and technique

                        3. Development of creative solutions

                        4. Presentation

Progress statements on student paintings and projects are due every other week along with a review of independent studio work. Students are required to develop an independent body of art work based on their independent research.  A final portfolio review in conjunction with in-class critiques and attendance will determine the final grade.




1. Examinations will take the form of project reviews.

            A. Each project to be weighted at 100 points

            B. Total of approximately 500 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 * portfolio assignment to be completed and critiqued for final exam week.  * 200 points



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. Policy for Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. If you are caught cheating or plagiarizing, you will be disciplined according to University Policy.  Potential punishment ranges from a 0% for the work, to an F grade assigned for the course, along with possible disciplinary committee action.


             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 (B+ to B). Between six and eleven (6-11) absences will result in the grade being lowered an entire letter grade (B+ to C+). 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: Students with disabilities who may need disability-related classroom, testing or campus accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see me. Please feel free to contact Dr. Sharon Christ and/or Dr. Cora Dzubak, Director of The Learning Center to discuss any need for testing or   other campus accommodations.




            None      * Cost of supplies is approximately $ 150 – 175.00 (see supply list below)




Spring 2010 OUTLINE

Week   1.   Intro to Course Goals- review of Aqueous media

                        see supply list                

            2.  Investigate  various watercolor techniques-

In-class and assigned exercises


3.  Color Exercises and discussion of  Independent Research Methods

Plant formsProblems with natural objects  

Submit working Bibliography                                                                          

            4.   Interior Color-  color manipulation and theory

                        Review of Project in Progress

            5.   Interior Color-  color manipulation and theory

                        Progress statements due

            6.   Exploration of Form – Architectural space/ Interior and exterior

Exploration of Method, how does illustration reinforce text?              

                        assorted aqueous media

            6.   Marriage of Content and Meaning -  same as above                                                                          

* Review Independent Work- Progress statement due  *  First Project*


            7.    Figure and Landscape   same as above

                        assorted aqueous media

            8.    Figure and Landscape   same as above

                   Progress statements due- Review of Project in Progress

            9.    Figure and Landscape  same as above


10.  Project Due      same as above   

* Review Independent Work- Progress statement due    *  Second Project *

            11.  Portfolio Development –Selection and development of theme            


            12.  Portfolio Development –refinement and finishing ( assorted media )

                        Progress statements due         

            13.  Review process for Final Project - refinement and finishing

( assorted aqueous media )

assorted aqueous media and collage

14.  Resolving drawing and painterly concerns-

Portfolio Development –final preparation / ( assorted media )

15.  E- Portfolio Development – documentation and recording of artwork /

 (assorted aqueous media)

            Progress statements due

            16. Final Portfolio Project: Due during Finals week   (to be assigned later)  any media

            Final Project will be critiqued during our scheduled






INART 494 Supplies (for use in-class)

Supply Stores:    Dick Blick’s Lemoyne    Penn State Book Store

Supplies List                                                                                                          



Assorted Watercolor Brushes;


1" - 3/4" Flats or Bright


# 4, #6, or #8 Rounds

18x24 watercolor paper block medium/cold or rough


Watercolor pan/tray (with small "pans" for colors)


Grumbacher or Winsor & Newton (Cotman) watercolors .25-.27 fl. Ozs. Tubes


Cadmium Red Medium (Hue)


Cadmium Red Light (Hue)


Cadmium Yellow Medium (Hue)


Zinc, Lemon, or Gamboge Yellow


Cobalt Violet


Alizarin Crimson


Prussian Blue or(phthalo blue)


Hooker Green or (phthalo green)


Sap Green


Ultramarine Blue




Cobalt Blue, Scarlet Red, Yellow Ochre

Davies Gray


Assorted drawing supplies

                        Prism Violet

                        Burnt Umber

Independent work may make use of other materials.