Laguna College of Art + Design

Drawing + Painting Minor

REPRESENTATIONAL DRAWING + PAINTING

LCAD’s Drawing + Painting Minor offers you intensive instruction in representational drawing and painting with an emphasis on classical and contemporary methods and techniques.

 

The Drawing + Painting Minor curriculum encourages your individual artistic accomplishment and is designed to give you the skills necessary to develop your personal concepts.

Course Listing

Intermediate Figure Drawing

Course ID: FA201
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150 + FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course covers figure drawing from the draped and undraped model, emphasizing accurate representation of anatomy, proportion, gesture, weight, balance, structure, and light-logic in a variety of drawing media. An introduction to portrait drawing with attention given to individual features: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair and skeletal structure as they relate to the entire human head.

Introduction to Figure Painting

Course ID: FA202
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to painting the draped and undraped life model with an emphasis on value control, shape design, temperature shifts, and paint application. Students learn methods to convincingly depict the life model through the study of light sources and color palettes using direct and indirect painting methods. The course also includes an introduction to portrait painting with an emphasis on accurate representation of the head and upper torso.

Painting 2

Course ID: FA203
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD154
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This painting course emphasizes accurate representation, composition, light logic, advanced color mixing, and further study of materials and techniques. Students paint primarily from observation, but also in combination with photographic sources. Subject matter includes still life and landscape. Historical and contemporary approaches and concepts are explored.

Color + Figuration: Intermediate Figure Painting

Course ID: FA206
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA201, FA202
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of painting the life model, emphasizing observation and accurate representation with an emphasis on color and figure-ground relationships. Students convincingly depict the life model through the study of light sources, color palettes, and compositional devices using various painting techniques. Students learn to make visual and artistic decisions in the context of historical and contemporary painting methods.

Advanced Figure Drawing 1

Course ID: FA301
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA201
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course investigates contemporary approaches to drawing the figure using varied media and surfaces. Students learn to make visual and artistic decisions in the context of historical and contemporary art. Students develop methods of creating self-directed works and engage in ongoing peer critiques.

Intermediate Portraiture

Course ID: FA302
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA201, FA202
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course investigates drawing and painting from the model with emphasis on accurate representation of the head and upper torso. Students examine color relationships, a variety of light sources, compositional devices, and conceptual development. Historical and contemporary approaches to portraiture are investigated through student-directed portfolio projects.

Quick Studies

Course ID: FA303
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA206 OR FA203
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This advanced painting course provides students the opportunity to master the art of high-energy quick painting. Class projects stress color theory, composition, paint handling, subject matter, experimentation, and self-directed projects. Building confidence through decision-making is a key component of this course. This course enables the advanced student to focus on developing their own visual language and methodology while engaging in critical engagement with faculty and peers.

Materials + Techniques 1

Course ID: FA304
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA203
Requirement: R
Course Description:
In this hands-on, project-based class, students investigate traditional and contemporary drawing and painting materials and techniques. Designed to enhance the quality of students’ studio art practice, this course is a practical guide to understanding the tools, materials and techniques for oil painting. Topics include traditional hand-made pigments, printmaking techniques, mixing mediums, solvent safety, frame building, and canvas and panel building and preparation. This course will also touch on professional practices and how to showcase oil paintings in both a traditional setting and a digital format.

Advanced Figure Painting 1

Course ID: FA305
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA206
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This advanced course provides an opportunity for students to work intensively from the life model. This course enables the advanced student to focus on developing their own visual language and methodology while engaging in critical engagement with faculty and peers. Projects are self-generated and students are guided through research and analysis of historical and contemporary contexts relating to figurative works.

Experimental Drawing

Course ID: FA306
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA206
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course explores interpretive drawing and experimentation with drawing media and inventive techniques through group engagement and self-generated projects. Projects include mental mapping, superimposed Pentimento printmaking, Cyanotype, and mixed media. Media include charcoal, pastels, watercolor, inks, natural gesso, and printmaking.

The Figure in Environments

Course ID: FA307
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA206
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course focuses on the use of linear and observational perspective to place one or more figures convincingly within an environment. Students will be introduced to synthetic methodology for composing figures in an environment that includes the development of compositions constructed while using multiple sources including photography, life drawing, life painting, and gathered source material. Preparatory drawings, introduction to basic and intermediate perspective techniques, perspective as a means to correct distortion in source photos, and methods for transferring and scaling preparatory drawings will be explored in depth.

Watercolor 1

Course ID: FA308
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA203
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to water-based media with an emphasis on transparent watercolor. Students learn the techniques of flat washes, graduated washes, and wet-into-wet applications. Stretching paper, transparent glazes, dry brush, and experimental techniques are also explored. Subjects include still life, landscape, portrait, and interior environments.

Printmaking 1

Course ID: FA401
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of processes, concepts, and techniques offered in Printmaking I. Various printmaking topics and medias are covered: etching, intaglio, relief, color printing, multiple plates, and photo etching. Emphasis is on individual problem solving, developing personal imagery, a professional attitude, and technical proficiency. The course also studies historical and contemporary printmakers.

Landscape Painting 1

Course ID: FA403
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA203
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course blends on-location Plein-air painting and studio practice with the goal of producing developed studio landscapes through the use of color studies, photographic reference and on-site sketches. Course lectures will cover the history of landscape painting as a genre and contemporary landscape painting. Minimal writing assignments will ask students to articulate their line of inquiry within the landscape genre.