This schedule is intended as a general guide to course projects and is
subject to change. Exact dates and requirements will be issued in class.
Guide sheets will be distributed with detailed information including neccessary
Recent Excursion Locations:
St. Michael's Cemetery, Bethlehem Steel, Mococacy Park, Sand Island- Bethlehem
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center- Belfast
Delaware Water Gap - Mt. Tammany
Hickory Run State Park - Hawk Falls, Boulder Field
Glen Onoko - Jim Thorpe
Delaware River - Hugh Moore Park, Durham Furnace, Narrowsville
Lake Nockamixon, Ringing Rocks, New Hope Wildflower Preserve- Buck's County
Week 1 - Introduction
Lecture: The class will begin with a general introduction of course outline,
including grading policies, classroom and attendance requirements, followed
by a review of the supply list. We will also prepare necessary materials
and surfaces for the following day.
Michael’s Cemetery in Southside Bethlehem (morning)
Sand Island - Lehigh River (afternoon)
Students will use thumbnail sketches to explore compositional approaches
to the landscape with dry media. Toned charcoal surfaces will introduce
both subtractive and additive techniques in sketching. In addition, students
will be encouraged to explore various ink wash techniques.
Week 2 - Color Theory Review
Using water-based media, students will explore the effects of color, and
the art of color mixing.
A. Color Chart/ Value Scale
Students will create a comprehensive color/value chart as a reference
tool for the class.
B. Interaction of Colors
Based on the color theory of Josef Albers, students will create compositions
using templates to examine the resulting visual phenomena of color interaction.
Pigments and various media will be introduced and explained.
Monocacy Creek - Bethlehem via Monacacy Park
- Limited palette studies
Limited palette value mapping will be introduced as the foundation of
the landscape painting. Initial studies will be completed in black and
white, and concluding works will introduce an earthtone palette.
Week 3 - Generalized Landscape Shape Analysis
in Black and White
Using the computer and image editing software, students will translate
a site photograph into a high contrast single value image for use in creating
a basic shape and texture analyisis that will serve as a basic strategy
in future observed paintings.
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
Value mapping will progress to glazing techniques and extended palette
Week 4 - Full Color Computer-Aided Landscape
Students will utilize the photograph references
from previous field trips for use in a series of studies. The computer
will also be used as a tool to break down and analyze information. Importance
will be placed on color matching and texture as well as logical layering
from underpainting to detail.
Delaware River Canals/ Ringing Rock
In addition to full palette studies, students will explore wet-on-wet
techniques and the use of the palette knife for creatin of texture.
Week 5 - Working from Photographic Reference
Using photographic reference, students will revist a previous painting
begun from observation.
Hickory Run State Park - Hawk Falls
Full palette paintings will be sustained outside of class with the aid
of photographic reference material.
Week 6 -Final Critique
The final lecture period will be used to assess the work of the session
in a comprehensive critique.
Jim Thorpe - Glen Onoko