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ARTS 207 Introduction to Painting

This course offers an introduction to painting in a Studio Arts curriculum. Students will learn practical mechanics of painting while working from direct observation. Focus will be placed on technique, color mixing and critical theory in a range of painting projects while developing art vocabulary. Class lectures and discussions will highlight diverse professional artists who paint from direct observation. Water-soluble paints will be utilized in this class.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 7, 2019 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Describe the elements and principles of design.
  • Demonstrate basic compositional skills while working from observation.
  • Apply color theory towards a series of paintings.
  • Develop monochromatic, analogous and complementary color schemes in paintings.
  • Utilize design and arts related vocabulary in critique.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness within one¿s own work and their peers¿ work.
  • Discuss contemporary artists, highlighting underserved populations and people of color who use these methods in their own artistic practice.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Spring 2021

Section Title Instructor
01 Introduction to Painting Selski, Margo M Books Course details