Watercolor

AgainstherwillStudents in Watercolor Painting are trained in the necessary tools and techniques to create works for exhibition, sale or reproduction. Students learn to select the appropriate content, format and materials to meet the objectives of an audience or client. They apply concepts such as color theory and light and shadow to create works that convey a sense of atmosphere, mood or drama.

Students are expected to define an aesthetic philosophy that guides the development of their work as they assemble a professional portfolio.

Watercolor Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:

Technical
1.Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of watercolor painting.
       This includes:
  • Method / Materials
  • Color 
  • Lighting
  • Seeing / Observation
  • Understanding surface and structure
  • Effectively render forms both in space, and in relation to each other
  • Composition / Design / Editing
  • Drawing / Edges 
Theoretical
2. Use watercolor as a form of personal expression to create a unique, consistently styled portfolio of work. 
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the world of contemporary art.  
  • Present their work within the context of contemporary art. 
  • Understand and engage in contemporary art discourse.       
  • Emphasis on:
    • Concept / Content/ Originality
  • Applying critical, historical, and theoretical principles to the work
  • Research
  • Style/ Motif
  • Critique
Professional
3. Apply professional practices to:
  • Artwork: Presentation, Care, Archiving, Documentation
  • Work habits: Time management, Reliability, Motivation
  • Career skills: Promotion, Job search, Commissions, Galleries, Exhibitions, Grants, Business writing, Interviews, Memberships, Networking
  • Business skills: Taxes, Sales, Bookkeeping, Insurance, Organization 

Career Opportunities

  • Portrait Commissions
  • Landscape Commissions
  • Group Exhibitions
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Fabricator
  • Art Instructor

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting- Specialization in Watercolor Painting

Sample Program

Semester 1

Fundamentals of Art I 5 Semester Credit Hours
Beginning Life Drawing I 5 Semester Credit Hours
College Composition I  3 Semester Credit Hours
College Success Seminar  1 Semester Credit Hour

 

Semester 2

Fundamentals of Art II 5 Semester Credit Hours
Beginning Life Drawing II 5 Semester Credit Hours
Anatomy 3 Semester Credit Hours
 
 

 

Semester 3

Watercolor Painting I 5 Semester Credit Hours
Intermediate Life Drawing I 5 Semester Credit Hours
Art History I 3 Semester Credit Hours
Oral Communication  3 Semester Credit Hour
 

 

 

Semester 4

(One of two) Watercolor Painting II or Watercolor Landscape Painting Figurative Sculpture I 

5 Semester Credit Hours
Figurative Sculpture I 5 Semester Credit Hours
Art History II 3 Semester Credit Hours

(One of two)Film and Society or Introduction to Psychology

3 Semester Credit Hour
 

 

Semester 5

Watercolor Painting III 5 Semester Credit Hours
Studio Elective 200/300 or 400 Level 5 Semester Credit Hours
Quantitative Literacy 3 Semester Credit Hours
(One of four) Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures;
Psychology; Adulthood: Relationships, Wellness, Stress and Longevity
3 Semester Credit Hour
 

 

Semester 6

Watercolor: Figure and Portrait 5 Semester Credit Hours          
Digital Graphic Foundations 5 Semester Credit Hours

(One of three)Advanced Anatomy; Introduction to Science Labs;
Vision, Light and Color 

3 Semester Credit Hours
(One of four)Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures;
Psychology; Adulthood: Relationships, Wellness, Stress and Longevity
3 Semester Credit Hour
 

 

Semester 7

Advanced Watercolor I 5 Semester Credit Hours
Studio Elective 200/300 or 400 Level 5 Semester Credit Hours
Studio Elective 200/300 or 400 Level 5 Semester Credit Hours
   


Semester 8

Portfolio: Fine Arts 5 Semester Credit Hours                    
Advanced Watercolor II 5 Semester Credit Hours
(One of five)Survey of American Illustration; History of Graphic Design; 20th Century and Contemporary Art History; Art History: Renaissance and Baroque; or World Art  3 Semester Credit Hours
College Composition II  3 Semester Credit Hour
 

 

122 Total Credits Required for the BFA Degree in Painting
Specialization in Watercolor Painting

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