• Painting 1 Syllabus    

    Teacher: Kyra Wilson      

    E-Mail: kwilson@staunton.k12.va.us

    Please read all of the enclosed information regarding this course. You are responsible to understand and follow the enclosed guidelines.

    There is a $5.00 art fee for supplies.

     Studio Introduction:

    1. Expand awareness of the life and work of many different artists, broaden painting vocabulary, and gain an appreciation for the historical accomplishment of representational and abstract painting as well as allied forms of visual expression. Be prepared to respond imaginatively to painting problems from various approaches to the creation of visual expression.

    2. Apply all foundation design and drawing skills in support and development of original concepts for painting problems.

    3. Develop skill and confidence in working from observation, exercise powers of visual perception, handle studio materials and methods with care and sensitivity.

    4. Demonstrate accomplishment in understanding traditional practices with materials and tools of the painting studio. Use watercolor and acrylic paint and allied mediums to full advantage and efficiency in accomplishment of goals in painting compositions, creative concepts, and innovative ideas.

    5. Demonstrate growth inability to construct quality stretchers, strainers, and create/select successful subject setups,i.e., still life, fruit/veggies, objects of a personal narrative, eggs, etc.) Able to stretch a quality canvas.

     Growth and Expansion:

    6. Cultivate an in-depth demonstrable understanding of subtractive mixing and paint color that is growing throughout painting studies. Cultivate a working knowledge of color theory and light related to painting and your work.

    7. Develop/broaden your own experience of brushwork, mark-making, and surface quality to create expressive works of art. As the course continues, students should individualize approaches and materials in response to the given assignments.

    8. Develop and maintain a sketchbook.

    9. Engage in open class critique and discussions of other students’ interests and accomplishments in painting.

    10. Discuss the success of your paintings and other students’ paintings in achieving the specific goals of each

    assignment. Compare the work of established artists to the work you and your peers create.

    11. Prepare to discuss and summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the semester’s work at the final critique pointing to areas of growth in your work, milestones in new awareness, s specific work(s) that became a hallmark of achievement, and comment on less than successful projects and what was learned from them.

    Supplies for Painting: A supply pick date will be scheduled once we are in the building and ordered supplies arrive. 

    Course Description and Objectives: This course will broadly address the discipline of watercolor and acrylic painting including technical aspects, material handling, pursuit of creative directions, and experimentation with expressive elements. The course is intended to help students develop control in painting from observation. We also place great emphasis on the artist’s creative response to painting problems reflective of significant art forms, media and styles, and/or modern art movements, i.e., still life, landscape, figurative, narrative, abstraction, expressionism, non-objective, mixed media and more.

    Many of the class painting projects focus on developing technical skills and aesthetic goals with regard to handling painting media, implementing a range of unique visual qualities of line, value, color, composition and design, perspective,and representation. Safety in all aspects of studio materials is discussed and emphasized in relation to all of our responsibilities for personal care and care of the studio. Exercises in visual perception support problem-solving in painting. The creative response to painting problems includes examining techniques, experimenting with materials, cultivating eye-hand coordination through practice and repetition, pursuing intriguing concepts of form and composition, and discovering avenues in reflective personal practice.

    The great thing about painting is in the imagination and the doing! Sensitizing our eyes to see and respond with increasing visual purpose and control, painting is in and of itself a kind of dialogue between our tools, our minds, how we visualize our world, and what life is all about.

    Goal: Courses aim to achieve a majority of the following learning outcomes: students will be able to identify and analyze the formal elements of a particular art form using vocabulary appropriate to that form; demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between artistic technique and the expression of a work’s underlying concept; analyze cultural productions using standards appropriate to the form and cultural context; analyze and interpret material or performance culture in its social, historical, and personal contexts; and engage in the artistic process, including conception, creation, and ongoing critical analysis. This course helps to further develop painting skills by extending discussion with handouts about means, materials, and objectives. The ability to form an artistic vision requires practice, a critical eye, and the persistence to work and rework studies guiding them toward your vision. This eventually means being in control of technical issues of painting such as line, value, texture, perspective, composition.

    Projects: There are three types of projects of various lengths/duration involved in the course.
    1.Sketching exercises are typically short-term projects and are either a single class period or may continue into a second class period. They are weighted accordingly as half-project grades or full-project grades determined by their duration and relation to the course/project content.

    2.Typical studio painting problems are considered to be one-week projects receiving a single weight project grade.3.
    Longer-term painting problems of two weeks receive either a double-weight or triple-weight project grade as determined by the instructor.


    Each large project is assessed by critique and by a rubric. There will be an assessment at the end of each unit.  These assessments will cover your understanding of the terms and concepts in the unit as well as drawing exercises that will show you have mastered the assigned techniques for each unit. Smaller quizzes, both announced and unannounced, will assist in and verify learning as we progress through the course. The final exam counts as 10% of your course grade.

    Grading Scale: is equal to the following:

    Painting projects are normally one – two weeks in duration and weighted as single or double project grades depending on their duration. 

    Student evaluation will be based on the Standard of Learning objectives of the course and/or specific course competencies appropriate for the grade level, content area, and ability of the student.

    Assessment will encourage student learning and success.  In no case will grades be given as a punitive measure. 
    *The majority of the assessments throughout the course shall be formative – guiding instruction rather than ending it.  

    90-100 = A Outstanding and consistent preparation in project(s) for class and critique.

    80-89 = B Progress noted with direction for continued development of course work.

    70-79 = C Minimum/passable effort was made without clear understanding/demonstration of painting goals.

    60-69 = D Student does not fully understand problem content nor is able to demonstrate adequate solution(s).

    0 - 59 = F Student did not demonstrate an acceptable solution – and/or nothing was submitted.

    * A grading rubric will be given to students at the beginning of all of the projects.

    Participation, growth, progress, and attendance will also be taken into consideration. The instructor reserves the right to subjectively and professionally judge your work and performance in this course.

    Parent Portal and Chromebook Help

    Grades will be posted to PowerSchool on a weekly basis.  Please be diligent and check grades often.  PowerSchool can be accessed here: http://scps.powerschool.com.  If a student or parent is having trouble logging in or forgets his/her/their access codes, please reach out to the assigned guidance counselor.

    Having access to Chromebooks is a necessity for success in both online and in-person learning.  If a student has any issues with a Chromebook, use the following form to report issues:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScisWA1mKzwcDzH9BISdhRAmSxv8W_bVVheBaii8V0E8v89pg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0.  The link to this form is also located in the “Report Technology Issues” section of the “Parents and Students” tab on the SHS website

    Virtual Class Rules

    Raise your camera to eye level so that your classmates are not looking at the ceiling or up your nose. 

    Show up a few minutes before class time and wait to be admitted into the class. 

    Mute yourself when you enter the meeting. 

    Dress in a way that shows respect for yourself and others. 

    Only unmute when you’ve been called on to speak. Want to comment, but someone else is speaking? 

    Use the chat box. 

    Pay polite attention when someone else is speaking: leave your video on, look into the camera.  

    Be respectful of others, both verbally and visually.

    Inappropriate behavior will affect your participation grade; may result in muting or removal from class that day; and may be referred to administration for additional consequences, depending on the severity of the offense. Students and parents should be aware that zoom classes and meetings may be recorded.

    In-Class Rules

    You must wear a mask.

    Put your phone in the box during class.

    No Earbuds

    No Hoodies

    Do not clean up early.

    Do not touch projects other than your own.

    Do not enter the storage room or kiln room.

    Do not leave the room without a pass from me.


Last Modified on August 4, 2021