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
  • Apply critical, historical, and theoretical principles to the work
  • Critique
  • Research
  • Style/ Motif
Professional
3. Apply professional practices to:
  • Artwork: Presentation, 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
  • One-Person Exhibitions
  • Gallery Representation
  • Specialty Showroom and Display Shops

 

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
English Language Arts I 3 Semester Credit Hours
Freshman 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
Intermedi 5 Semester Credit Hours
English Language Arts II 3 Semester Credit Hours
Art History Survey I 3 Semester Credit Hour
 

 

 

Semester 4

Watercolor Painting II 5 Semester Credit Hours
Figurative Sculpture I 5 Semester Credit Hours
Art History Survey II 3 Semester Credit Hours

(One of four) Film and Society: World Cultures;
Contemporary Visual Culture; or Art and Activism

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
Marketing 3 Semester Credit Hour
 

 

Semester 6

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

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

3 Semester Credit Hours
(One of seven) Survey of American Illustration;
History of Graphic Design; 20th Century and 
Contemporary Art History; Art History: Renaissance
and Baroque; Art History: Art and Technology; Art
History: Rococo and Neo-Classical; or World Art
3 Semester Credit Hour
 

 

 

Semester 7

Advanced Watercolor 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 four) Film and Society; Film and Society: World
Cultures; Contemporary Visual Culture; or Art and Activism
3 Semester Credit Hours
Professional Writing 3 Semester Credit Hour
 

 

122 Total Credits Reiquired for the BFA Degree in Painting
Speicalization in Watercolor Painting

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