Materials, Methods, & Techniques Syllabus
Instructor: Paul Reuther [301-695-3690, email@example.com] Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12:00-1:00 and by appt.
He who understands good painting and sculpture, and at the same time sees and understands the life, must necessarily have acquired a good method in art.Vasari ,Introduction to Lives of the Artists. 1550
Course Description: The intent of this course is to introduce students to the materials, methods, and techniques of the fine arts with particular emphasis on painting. This course comprises the following areas of instruction:
Lectures on the history of technique visits to museums and galleries. Independent research (one page written assignments for workshop projects, usually in the form of a handout). Special subject area: Color theory and its practical application.
Workshop projects: the main focus of the course. Students will complete six projects in which preparation of materials will be carefully observed and serve as a foundation for the execution of finished paintings.
Hands-on experience, observation of results, and trial and error experimentation will be the main strategies in coming to terms with the history of painting techniques and methods.
Syllabus Week 1 Introduction, overview of materials, Watercolor (Egyptian Tomb Painting)
Week 2 Supports and Grounds: Panels, Size, and Gesso
Week 3-4 Glair (Medieval)
Week 5-6 Egg Tempera (Late Gothic and Early Ren.), color theory
Week 7-8 Egg-Oil Emulsion (Renaissance Transition), color theory
Week 9 Supports and Grounds: Canvas preparation
Week 10-11 Resin-Oil (High Renaissance, Indirect Tech.) , color theory
Week 12-14 Alla-Prima (Post-Renaissance, Direct Tech.), color theory
Laurie, A.P.; The Painter's Methods and Materials; NY; 1960
Mayer, Ralph; The Artists' Handbook; NY; 1991 5th ed.
Mayer, Ralph; The Painter's Craft; NY; 1976
Stephenson, Jonathan; The Materials and Techniques of Painting, NY; 1989
Thompson, Daniel V.; The Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting, NY; 1956
Thompson, Daniel V.; The Practice of Tempera Painting, NY; 1962
Wehlte, Kurt; The Materials and Techniques of Painting; NY; 1975
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Supports and Grounds
1 10X12" Watercolor Paper, 300 lb hot pressed (smooth)
2 10X12" Untempered Masonite Panel (see instructor)
2 16X20 Stretcher bars (larger sizes can be used)
½ yard Unprimed Linen
½ yard Unprimed Cotton Canvas
9X12" minimum Glass Palette
Brushes Watercolor (sable) Brushes Natural Bristle Brushes Gesso
#000 #6 Flat 1 or 2"
#00 #4 and #8 Filbert
#3 #6 Round
½ to 1"
Pigments, media, and solvents will be provided
Tracing or Transfer Paper (about 5 sheets 10X12")
Box #4 Tacks
#2B Pencil and Eraser
Medium Palette Knife
6 4-8oz. Glass jars with lids
15ml=3 teaspoons=1 tablespoon
50ml=4 tablespoons=1/4 cup
250ml=16 tablespoons=1 cup
500ml=2 cups=1 pint
4 cups=2 pints=1 quart=1 litre (about)
3 quarts=1 gallon=4 litres (about)
75% will be derived from the six required projects. Preparation of materials, timeliness of completion, creative approaches to problem solving, and diligence in execution, are among the factors to be assessed.
25% will be drawn from attendance, time management, completion of written assignments, class participation, and written exams.
Note: Attendance is a serious issue in this course. Lectures and demonstrations will not be repeated. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with the material covered.
Several short written papers related to image choice will be assigned. These are designed to improve preparedness when confronting the technical problems in copying an image. Specific reference to materials and techniques are the chief focus of research.
The Materials and Techniques studio (room A402) is accessible to enrolled students during class and after hours for the purpose of completing assigned projects. Students are encouraged to make full use of the facilities.
Personal belongings should be marked and kept in proper order at assigned work areas