VRTS121C: Introduction to Watercolor

Credits 4 Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours 4 Lecture Hours 2
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Introduces the basic watercolor techniques and use of materials. It is a sequential program of study, applying the elements and principles of 2-D design to the watercolor discipline. Students will study still life, landscape, and the human form. Reference will be made to past and contemporary masters of the watercolor medium.


Students must pass all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the basic tools and methods of watercolor, developing an appropriate growth of expertise with these traditional materials.
  • Synthesize the use of drawing and composition through preliminary studies to the finished paintings.
  • Use line, value, and color to create watercolors that depict light, transparency, color richness, chiaroscuro, and perspective.
  • Understand traditional and contemporary watercolor painting methods.
  • Understand the tradition of watercolor painting and its contemporary genres with respect to still life, portrait, and landscape.
  • Critique artwork using formal analysis and historical perspectives.