I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 36.0
Credit Value: 2.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2019
Prerequisites: ARTS70007
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Fine Arts
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20190903_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: Students are responsible to provide their own materials. Please see topical outline and instructor for more details.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Learn techniques in portraiture in your choice of medium, including water-colour, acrylic, and water-based oil. It is suitable for art students who have some prior experience in drawing and painting but not necessarily in figurative work. Please bring an 11" by x 14" drawing pad and drawing pencils to the first class.

Program Context

Fine Arts Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. N/A

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Classroom / Studio Work (4 Portraits)40.0%
 Term Assignment30.0%
 Final Critique20.0%
 Attendance and Participation10.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL The following protocol applies to every course offered by Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication
  • Communication Visual
  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Portfolio

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors

Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education Students
Course Details:

Module 1 - Introduction to Portraits

  • Drawing and painting (with examples)
  • Example different techniques used for various methods 
  • Brief background on the personal growth as an artist, with a focus on portraiture, with an indepth look at some personl work and influences 
  • Charcoal demonstration - on drawing the model from life, how to get started, and the importance of understanding the proportions to create a likeliness 
  • Discussion of the anatomy of the head 
  • Personal goals and objectives are set for the term 
  • Portrait drawing and painting from live model

Module 2 - Pastels

  • Drawing the potrait in pastel
  • Look at different materials used in chalk pastels and papers 
  • Demonstration, in pastel, explaining steps from start to finish
  • Review individual goals and expecatations 
  • Assignment - Complete a portrait, from life or from photo, over next ten weeks 
  • Portrait drawing and painting from live model 

Module 3 - Shapes, Light, Shadow

  • Drawing and painting from live model
  • Focus on observing the shapes, lights, and shadow 
  • Three-quarter lighting discussed 
  • Values of colour 
  • Problem solving in relation to getting a likeness 

Module 4 - Goals and Objectives

  • Drawing and painting from live model 
  • Review goals and objectives to keep on track
  • Look at term assignment on individual basis 

Module 5 - Demonstration on Painting

  • Mixing colours, values,and tones commonly used for portraits 
  • Short cuts to completing a potrait from life within the time given 
  • Advantage of using various brushes and tip on cleanliness 
  • How to use warm and cool colours
  • Soft edges, textures and how to control valies 
  • Drawing and painting from live model 

Module 6 - Painting Portraits from Videos

Module 7 - Accuracy

  • Complete a portrait within the three hour class time 
  • Learn how to make more accurate strokes and observations 

Module 8 - In-Class Portrait Time

Module 9 - Final Portraits 

Module 10 - Critique

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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