Ms. Joyce Riley, Art Teacher
Juniors and seniors who have completed a 2-year foundation course in drawing, design and painting, may take this double period elective course. Students will explore different watercolor techniques and discover which suit them best. Students will explore color palettes and methods in artists’ works and explore recommended museums, galleries and websites featuring watercolor painters. Students will create and maintain an artist website in WordPress to show completed paintings and works in progress. By the end of the course, students will have strengthened their practice in watercolor technique, discovered a personal style in watercolor painting and be able to discuss their work as a developing painter. At the end of the course, students will give a presentation of their website and most successful work.
Course meets all the NYS Standards:
Students will improve ability to handle and control brushwork and watercolor paints.
Students will experiment with various techniques and styles of the medium.
Students will become adept in choosing a color palette.
Students will express feeling and personal voice in watercolor painting.
By the end of the semester students will be able to:
Students may find that they already have many of the materials leftover from SP2 water based painting.
Paint: Cadmium Yellow Light Hue, Cadmium Red Medium Hue, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine, Hooker’s Green.
Optional paint: Cobalt Blue, Indigo Hue, Permanent Rose, White Gouache
Watercolor brushes, approximate sizes: Flat ¾” or 1″ ; Round ⅛” or ¼”; and small pointed brush for fine detail. Synthetic bristle is the least expensive.
Watercolor palette: approximately 12″ x 16″ palette that is white, has wells, and has room to mix colors.
Sponge: Cellulose for wiping brushes
Pencil: F, or “watercolor pencil”
Paper: 14″ x 17″ Watercolor block or pad / optional 3-5 sheets of larger watercolor paper
Miscellaneous: paper towels, art box, or shoe box for materials, eraser, tissues, a large plastic container (16 – 32 oz.), a ruler, Kraft paper tape,
miscellaneous tools for mark-making: a toothbrush, an old MetroCard, thin cardboard strips, etc.
See great examples of watercolor online:
google image search Winslow Homer watercolors
google image search John Singer Sargent watercolors
Key Vocabulary and Techniques
Tint, tone, hue, contrast, still life, warm and cool colors, primary/secondary/complementary/analogous and tertiary colors, value, composition, horizon line, flat and graded washes, masking and wet and dry brush techniques.
Only During Work Periods – You may listen to music quietly (only YOU should hear your music)
NO TEXTING! NO EMAILING! NO BROWSING! NO TALKING ON THE PHONE! NO USING YOUR PHONE AS A REFERENCE! PRINT YOUR REFERENCES!
Please DO NOT have your phone out when I or someone else is addressing the class
**Please respect the fact that these are the rules for this class and other teachers will have difference policies.
Sometimes we have a need for a silent studio and other times a collaborative studio. During a silent studio we need to have silence so all can concentrate (if you are talking, your focus is not on your work). During a collaborative studio, there is a need for getting feedback from your peers.
Due Dates for projects:
All projects will be due one week after the new project is started. This allows time for the student to finish the project on their own time.
*Late projects will be accepted for 50% credit. No late work will be accepted after the marking period.
Reworking your project after it’s been graded
After your project has been turned in and graded you will receive a rubric with your broken down grade. If you are not satisfied with the grade, you may rework the project (or do it over) and turn it in to be re-graded. You must turn the project in with the original grade sheet.
Lateness for class:
You are expected to get to class on time. For every unexcused lateness, I will take a point off of your grade.
Excused lateness: If you were talking to a teacher, please get a pass from that teacher. I will not mark points off for excused lateness.
*Please sign the late book quietly with name, time and reason you were late.
MOST OF THE WORK WE DO THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER REQUIRES A LOT OF PARTICIPATION. Therefore much of your final grade will be based on class participation. A STUDENT’S FINAL GRADE IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
CLASS PREPAREDNESS / SKETCHBOOK / HOMEWORK 20%
AS WELL AS ANY ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES NEEDED THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER.
NYC MUSEUM / GALLERY REPORT 10%
Remember: Someone else wanted your place at LaGuardia. You are here to work hard and become your best. We will show you how to learn, you must do the rest. 100% effort. NO EXCUSES!
Never hesitate to ask a question. I want you to succeed. I am open to all suggestions. Let’s have a great year! Thank you! Ms Riley