ARTS324 Intermediate Painting - Section A, Anna Rose, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTS324 Intermediate Painting - Section A, Anna Rose, Fall 2019

Course Objectives

This course builds on the foundations of oil painting for intermediate students. It is suitable for students with painting experience who wish to reinforce and expand their understanding and application of key techniques and concepts. Through a combination of still life exercises, plein air studies, and figure painting, students will improve color mixing and brush handling skills to effectively render volume, light, shadow, perspective and proportion. In-class lectures and field trips will address key themes of painting throughout history and in contemporary art.  

Guidelines and Grading

Students are evaluated on the following criteria: effort, improvement, proficiency and participation. Students must be actively engaged during class hours. To properly complete assignments, students are expected to work independently in the studio during non-class hours. Students should expect to dedicate at least 5-8 hours to independent work per week.

Grades are calculated based on the following:

  • In-class work: 30%
  • Homework assignments: 30%
  • Final Portfolio: 30%
  • Participation: 10%

Students will receive feedback from the instructor and each other on all assignments as well as a written evaluation after the Midterm assignment and the Final Critique. Students may request a meeting with the instructor to discuss assignments and/or progress at any point during the course.

Late assignments will not be accepted (unless related to an excused absence).

Laptops and cell phones are not allowed in class.

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.


From the SACI Handbook: Class attendance is compulsory. Only absences owing to a documented illness or emergency are excused by the Assistant/Dean Registrar. 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. Students who do not stay for the duration of a class session will be marked absent. Students who miss more than 20% of a course due to unexcused absences will not receive a passing grade for the course.


Students should consider the following materials to be a starter kit for the course. During the semester students will purchase additional paints, brushes and canvases according to their work habits and preferences. Suggested art supply store: Zecchi (Via dello Studio 19, Florence).

Wooden or disposable paper palette (A4 size or bigger)

Fabriano tela painting pad – 24x32 or 30x40cm

Lightweight prepared wood panels – 20x30cm and 30x40cm

Stretched Canvas – 40x50cm (this can be purchased later in the semester)

Chalk pastel set or colored pencil set (12 colors)

Palette knife

Brushes (brush numbers vary according to brand – this selection gives a range of small to large brushes)

  • Flat hog hair / Setola piatto size 24 and 10
  • Flat synthetic / Sintetico piatto size 14
  • Filbert hog hair / Setola lingua di gatto size 16
  • Fan brush / Ventaglio synthetico size 6
  • Round (synthetic) / Tondo sintetico size 14 and 6

Oil Paints

  • Titanium white (large tube – 140ml)
  • Raw Sienna (small tube 35ml)
  • Yellow Ochre (small tube 35ml)
  • Burnt Umber (small tube 35ml)
  • Lemon Yellow Hue (small tube 35ml)
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium (small tube 35ml)
  • Cadmium Red Hue (small tube 35ml)
  • Alizarin Crimson (small tube 35ml)
  • Ultramarine Blue (small tube 35ml)
  • Pthalo Blue (small tube 35ml)
  • Pthalo Green (small tube 35ml

Linseed Oil – 125ml

Solvent “a base di agrumi” – 250ml

Gum eraser

2B pencil

Week 1

MODULE 1: Still Life – Volumes and Values

Monday, September 9: Introduction to the course and materials; introduction to still life painting; in class exercises

Wednesday, September 11: Still life studies with limited palette; introduction to value, light and shadow

Homework for Week 2: Value Studies assignment

Week 2

Monday, September 16: Still life studies

Wednesday, September 18: Still life painting

Homework for Week 3: Still Life Painting 1 (limited palette)

Week 3

MODULE 2: Still Life and Color—Relationships and Choices

Monday, September 23: Introduction to Color, color mixing exercises

Wednesday, September 25: Field Trip: Natalia Goncharova Exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi

Homework for Week 4 due: Color study assignment, collect still life objects

Week 4

Monday, September 30: Still life composition and exercises

Wednesday, October 2: Still Life Painting 2: Dead nature, live nature

Homework for Week 5: Finish Still Life Painting 2

Week 5

MODULE 3: Still Life –Texture and Brushwork

Monday, October 7: Textiles and texture; drapery in art history, technical exercises

Wednesday, October 9: Drapery studies

Homework for Week 6: Textile study

Week 6

Week 6

Monday, October 14: Rendering texture, brushwork exercises

Wednesday, October 16: Field trip to Modern Art Gallery at Pitti Palace

Homework for Week 7: Texture study

Week 7

MODULE 4: Working On-site – Challenges and Solutions

Monday, October 21: On-site tree studies

Wednesday, October 23: Midterm meetings and in-class work



Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK (October 26 - November 3)



Week 9

Monday, November 4: On-site sky studies

Wednesday, November 6: Sky studies

Homework for Week 10: Completed tree and sky studies

Week 10

MODULE 5: Figure – Anatomy and Proportion

Monday, November 11: Introduction to the figure, drawing exercises

Wednesday, November 13: Field trip to Museo dell’Opera del Duomo or Loggia dei Lanzi

Homework for Week 10: Figure study drawing

Week 11

Monday, November 18: Working from the model (Figure painting 1)

Wednesday, November 20: Working from the model (Figure painting 1)

Homework for Week 12: On-site figure studies 1

Week 12

Figure – Color and Composition

Monday, November 25: Working from the model (Figure painting 1)

Wednesday, November 27: Working from the model (Figure painting 1)

Homework for Week 13: Complete Figure Painting 1

Week 13

Monday, December 2: Working from the model (Figure painting 2)

Wednesday, December 4: Working from the model (Figure painting 2)

Homework for Week 14: On-site figure studies 2

Week 14

Figure – Refining your style

Monday, December 9: Working from the model (Figure painting 2)

Wednesday, December 11: Working from the model (Figure painting 2)

Homework for Week 15: Complete Figure Painting 2, Final Portfolio

Week 15

Final Critiques

Monday, December 16: Group discussion – final touches on Final Portfolio

Wednesday, December 18: Individual critiques

General Safety & Emergency Instructions

Click here for a pdf of SACI's General Safety & Emergency Instructions.

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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