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Watercolor (ARTS 2213)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 1
Lab Credits: 2

Description: This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of transparent watercolor, including technique, color usage and composition. There are demonstrations, slide lectures and studio sessions. Students learn to respond critically to watercolors and to apply aesthetic principles to their own and others' work.

Topical Outline:
1. The use of tools and techniques in watercolor painting
2. History, traditions and variations in watercolor painting and how the use of tools and visual forms have varied
3. Perception and use of values and color concepts in watercolor painting
4. Formal Analysis, elements/principles design and composition in watercolor paintings
5. Composing critical responses to how design choices relate to aesthetic and expressive outcomes in their own and others' work
6. Health and safety best practices within the discipline

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate proficiency using the tools and techniques of transparent watercolor as an expressive painting medium.
2. Restate and apply the elements and principles of design (i.e. value, line, space, balance, emphasis, etc.) to one's own and others artwork
3. Analyze the formal and contextual relationships in contemporary and historical watercolors/artworks
4. Critically evaluate creative choices in one’s own and other’s artwork
5. Create a group of artworks (portfolio) demonstrating formal and expressive choices and development by the artist/student

MnTC: Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts