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ARTS 307 Intermediate Painting

This course expands on techniques taught in Introduction to Painting. Students learn theory, principles and practices related to color, shading, volume, perspective and composition. The course emphasizes individual artistic growth and development while exploring a range of topics such as figure, landscape and still life. Class lectures and discussions will highlight diverse professional artists who create works based on figure, landscape and still life. Water-soluble paints will be utilized in this class.


Special information

Note: This course may be taken twice for credit (up to 8 credits maximum).
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 19, 2019 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Use the technical process of painting effectively towards a series of artworks.
  • Demonstrate understanding of color theory and its applications toward shading, volume, perspective and composition.
  • Implement refined visualization techniques with a variety of subjects.
  • Interpret formal elements and theoretical principles of design in course projects.
  • Use practical and theoretical arts and design vocabulary.
  • Develop content in course projects working from both observation and imagination.

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 2023

Section Title Instructor
01 Intermediate Painting Banning, Michael James Books Course details