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ARTS 311 Watercolors

This course explores the fundamental principles and techniques associated with the medium of watercolor paints, The coursework includes color theory, application techniques, and traditional/contemporary trends in painting. Once rudimentary skills are established through representational compositions, students will have the opportunity to investigate the expressive nature of watercolors through abstract imagery. Two field trips are schedules outdoors.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective January 10, 2016 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Utilize visual forms as a means of self-expression.
  • Explore the technical skills associated with water based paint media.
  • Critically analyze artwork produced in the class through verbal exercises.
  • Synthesize the scope and variety of related works in the greater arts community through written exercises.

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.

Summer 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Watercolors Banning, Michael James Books for ARTS-311-01 Summer 2024 Course details for ARTS-311-01 Summer 2024