ARTS221 Beginning Painting, Filipe Rocha da Silva, Summer II 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTS221 Beginning Painting, Filipe Rocha da Silva, Summer II 2019

The Beginning Painting course is an introduction. Students will experiment with materials and techniques by using the two basic options: Oil and water-based media. Materials and surfaces are prepared from scratch so that students have a better understanding of their nature. Students experiment with mixing color pigments with both oil and water media, obtaining different behaviors and results. The basic procedure for preparing a painting-friendly surface will also be demonstrated. The class will also address the question of content: "Why do we paint today?" The exercises will be archetypal situations in the painting tradition, connecting with different moments in the history of painting.


Refer to SACI handbook.
Attendance is required, absences will affect grades: two unexcused absences result in a lowering of the grade by 1/3 of a letter; two late arrivals to class are considered the equivalent of one unexcused absence (arriving often late to class will penalize your final grade). Field trips will leave at designated times.
Always be prepared with a sketchbook and have painting implements handy for regular classes and for each excursion.
If you know that you will be absent on a given date you should notify the instructor ahead of time.


Three main painting exercises and the technical and preparatory sketches. 

Evaluation & Grading

Evaluation is determined by your commitment to quality, completion of course assignments, in-class activities, and fieldwork assignments. Representation and expression will be important factors in the assessment of your work. On the last day of class, students will meet individually and as a group with the instructor for evaluation of all work done in class and homework.

Graduate Students
​Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.

Main Materials and Tools (Italian)

Powder pigments  80ml

Bianco Titanio 
Nero di Marte
Rosso Primario
Giallo Primario 
Blu Primario

125ml Trementina Retificata
125ml Solvente Vegetale
125 ml Resina Acrílica
125 Oleo di Lino decolorito
Glue Vinavil 250 ml
Gesso da Fondi Acrilico 250ml

Brushes Tintoretto
n. 50 – n.24 – n.8
Brush Etherna n.8

Wooden stretcher bars
2 – 40x55cm
1 – 45x60cm
Wood panels
3 – 30x40cm

Cotton duck – 150x100cm

Painting knives 1501 and 1010
Masking tape
Rags and plastic containers
Colored pencils for sketching

A Note on Laptops, I-Pods, Mp3s, Walkman Personal Stereos, etc.
It is advisable not to use earphones in class in order to be aware and learn from comments about other paintings. It is strictly forbidden to use phones and laptops for conferencing, e-mailing, or surfing the internet for anything not having to do with class work (i.e., hotel reservations, train tickets, etc.).  Cell phones must be turned off or set on silence mode before entering the classroom. 


1. MONDAY, 1 JULY – 1-8 pm
Preparing materials. 
An introduction to materials.

2. WEDNESDAY, 3 JULY – 1-8 pm
Still life 1.
Exit Morandi—a visit to the Museo Novecento.

3. FRIDAY, 5 JULY – 1-7 pm
Still life 2.
Painting at the Bardini Gardens.

4. MONDAY, 8 JULY – 1-8 pm
Still life 3.

5. WEDNESDAY, 10 JULY – 1-8 pm
Visit to the Specola.
Figure painting.
Lecture by the painter Marco Pace.

6. FRIDAY, 12 JULY – 1-7 pm
Figure painting.
Visit to the Andrea del Verrocchio exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi.

7. MONDAY, 15 JULY – 1-8 pm
Figure painting.
Palazzo Pitti.

8. WEDNESDAY, 17 JULY – 1-8 pm
Free exercise and painting from the classics. 
Appropriation and innovation in painting.

9. FRIDAY, 19 JULY – 1-7 pm
Continuation of the previous painting exercise.
Visit to San Marco.

10. MONDAY, 22 JULY  13- 20
Continuation of the previous painting exercise.
Visit to the Uffizi.

11. WEDNESDAY, 24 JULY – 1-8 pm
Continuation of the previous painting exercise.

12. FRIDAY, 26 JULY – 1-7 pm
 Last retouching. Lecture. Final Critique. 

Note: This class schedule is subject to change.

General Safety & Emergency Instructions

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Additional Safety & Studio Rules

It is essential that care and attention is taken in regards to studio practice.  This will be addressed the first week of classes. But beyond rules and safety and health issues it is necessary to point out the importance of maintaining a certain order in the studio for the sake of all the students in the classes that utilize the space.  At the end of class put your materials away and paintings off the easels and into the storage shelves.

Air-Exchange System
When working in the ground floor studios an air-exchange system can be utilized for maintaining proper ventilation and extraction of undesirable fumes and odors. The control panel is located on the wall opposite of the stairway between the printmaking and painting studios. 

There are also skylight panels, which can be opened and closed using switches located in the small sky-lit studio off of the main painting studio, another on the wall next to the stairs going into the basement storage area, and also in the studio with skylights off of the main lecture hall.  

Disposal of Materials
Do not ever throw used solvents, thick washes, acrylic mediums, etc. down the sink.  Do not leave half-filled jars or containers of turps, mediums, or varnishes around in the studio. Small metal disposable containers for this use are supplied by the painting department. Pour out only what you need and throw away the residue. There is a special disposal barrel for this located just to the right of the sink in the painting studio. The same goes for throwing out saturated rags or paper towels. The disposal barrel for these materials is in the printmaking studio next to the plate cleaning tank.

Storage Area

Painting surfaces can be stored in the vertical niches located on the ground floor in front of the sink.   Lockers can be claimed for use by putting your name, semester, and class on a piece of tape onto the locker door.  They are located just off the Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall.

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