Introduction to Painting (Fall)
Term: Fall Semester 2020, September 8–January 21
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7–12
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
T/Th 2:00 p.m. ET with Hannah Steele (Section Full: Join Waiting List)
Ongoing Enrollment and Placement
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
Throughout this course, students will explore art making through the medium of paint. Our class time will comprise of group demonstrations, individual instruction, work-time, and class discussion. Students do not need any prior art experience. The class will start simple dealing with foundational principles of shape and value. Course material will gradually build in complexity, ending with emphasis on working from observation, creating dynamic compositions, and color mixing. Students will practice thinking like an artist. They will engage in the whole creative process from generating ideas, making intentional decisions with each aspect of their work, and reflecting what they have made.
Students will be encouraged to practice exercises taught in class and may need to work outside of class to complete projects.
Along with hands-on studio work, students will participate in regular class critiques, creating a forum for the group to constructively collaborate and discuss creative outcomes. Individual artist statements will be required with most finished pieces of work, giving students another opportunity to articulate their interpretive intent and their understanding of process and design concepts.
Students can also expect ongoing dialogues about art in history, the Christian imagination in relationship to faith and the arts, and the role of the arts in the Church. The hope of the instructor is that through engagement in the class, students will be brought to a deeper appreciation of the visual world and the creative love of its Maker.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
Course Syllabus Here.
*Required Supply List:
- Visit DickBlick Art Supply for Complete Shopping List
Paint palettes come in several different styles. I recommend a glass palette as they will be the easiest to keep clean. You may also buy a wooden palette or a pad of disposable paper palettes. Your palette should be no smaller than 9×12”.
*If you choose to purchase a glass palette, I would recommend also purchasing a razor scraper which can be used to scrape up dried paint.
You will want a variety of long-handled oil/acrylic paint brushes. Look for “round,” “flat,” and “filbert” styled brushes. You should have a few larger brushes (up to an inch wide) as well as a handful of smaller brushes.
Titanium White (at least 150ml)
Yellow Ochre (at least 37ml)
Cadmium Yellow (at least 37ml)
Cadmium Red (at least 37ml)
Alizarin Crimson (at least 37ml)
Ultramarine Blue (at least 37ml)
Burnt Umber (at least 37ml)
Ivory Black (at least 37ml)
*You may use acrylic or oil paints for this class. If you choose to use oil paints, you will also need to buy medium. I recommend Gamsol Oil.
-Blue painters tape
-At least one palette knife
-A small glass jar with a lid
-Pad of 9×12” Bristol Board
-Pad of 12×16” Canvas Pape
*Required supplies not included in course purchase
Hannah Steele holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Messiah College. She teaches middle and high school art at Carlisle Christian Academy, and is excited to join the Scholé Academy community. She loves the opportunity teaching gives for her to share her passions, ask meaningful questions, and encourage others in their own artistic explorations. When not teaching, she loves to paint and to draw in her studio. She enjoys embracing the physicality of her materials and strives to create images that amplify her awareness of and engagement with God’s Creation. email@example.com
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
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