Digital Painting Syllabus

Tuesday, Thursday 3:30 – 5:20
MART 3050 | 5050
TB 102 and Zoom for online students @

Lauren Addario
Instructor, Media Arts & Technology
Office Hours: Monday via Zoom 1:00-1:30, Wednesday on campus 10:30-12:00, Thursday via Zoom 11:00-11:30. Zoom link for virtual office hours is here
TB 135
Phone: 505-454-3239

Safety: NMHU COVID policy is linked here
If you are sick, test positive, or have had close contact with someone who is sick or has tested positive, please attend via zoom, and let me know how I can support you until you feel safe enough to return to the class. 

Description of course:
This course is designed for students interested in learning how to use Corel Painter® and the Wacom® tablet tools to enhance their digital art skills. Painter® is a digital studio application to recreates the analog tools of an artist’s studio (painting, ink drawing, pastels, and other techniques).

Disclaimer: While this is not an art history class, we will be looking at examples of work from many artists, from different time periods. I have chosen this work specifically to address styles, media and techniques as applicable to this class. There are many (hundreds, thousands) of additional artists that I could have included along with those I have chosen, but since this is primarily a studio class, I have limited them so that we could use the time to work. Some artists you might like others you might not like, or even find the content disturbing or offensive. However, please try to look at the chosen examples for their relevance to the course material.

Course Pre-requisites: 
MART  None, but may require instructor permission
Required Textbook (s): None (readings will be assigned/required)

General Objectives of the Course are: 
1) Explore the possibilities of recreating studio tools electronically
2) Push the application as far as we can through the use of different tools and techniques, while discussing and acknowledging the limitations
3) Research artists’ examples and discuss various styles, works, and methods.
4) Present work in a professional and informed manner.

Specific Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:
1) Know and understand the functionality of Corel Painter 18
2) Know and understand historical context as it applies to traditional media and electronic media.
3) Understand how to use tools and techniques to create industry standard digital images in Corel Painter 18
4) Understand how to both give and receive constructive criticism as a process for improving a work of art
5) Understand how to appropriately integrate Adobe software programs including Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier Pro and InDesign into Corel Painter.

Major Topics:
Major topics to be studied include:
1) Techniques for drawing and painting digitally
2) Portraiture in the age of social media
3) Contemporary application of traditional techniques
4) Application of digital painting on mobile and tablet devices; Ipad, Iphone, Android, etc.
5) Incorporation of software programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign into digital painting
6) Professional applications of digital painting in museum work and scientific illustration.

Instructional Methods and Techniques:
Instructional methods/techniques to be used will include: 
1) Lectures and studio time
2) Tutorials and online resources
3) In-class demonstrations
4) Analysis of current projects
 through traditional critique methods

Assignments for the course:
Assignments for students in the course will include: 
1) Students will create works in Corel Painter 18 that mimic traditional materials
2) Students will participate in discussions and critiques weekly
3) Students will focus on technique as it relates to contemporary context
5) Students will create a portfolio of work that represents a comprehensive body of work

Evaluation will be based upon the following:
Evaluation will be based on your participation, ability to understand key concepts, demonstration of skills through the successful completion of all exercises and projects and overall effort and quality of work. You are expected to participate in class discussion and critique. Failure to do so will result in a deduction of points from your final grade.

In class assignments and projects                50%
Attendance and participation                         20%
Midterm critique |project                                 15%
Final critique |  project                                       15%

**If you are a graduate student, you will have extra assignments in the form of a presentation or implementation of some topic not covered in class, requiring research. This extra material is worth 10% of your grade and your midterm is only worth 5%

99-100 A+
94-98 A
90-93 A-
86-89 B+
84-85 B
80-83 B-
75-79 C+
70-74 C
60-69 D
50-59 F

Attendance and behavior: Media Arts Department
Cell phones and texting are not permitted during class. Failure to recognize this policy will result in a grade reduction. If you are sick or have to miss class, you are responsible for finding out the assignment from a classmate or the instructor and you are responsible for coming to the next class with any missed work completed. Students CANNOT miss critique. If final critique is missed you will fail the class.
4 absences = final grade is dropped one full letter grade
5 absences = final grade is dropped two full letter grades
6 absences = final grade is dropped three full letter grades
7 absences = final grade is an F
3 tardies =1 absence
Leaving class early or arriving late will count as a tardy. This applies to not being on task, not having your materials in class, or taking long breaks during class time.
NMHU Class attendance policy

Plans for connectivity issues
If there are connectivity issues during class time resulting from problems with the NMHU system. I will send you an email with instructions about what is due for the next class. Also, please sign up for the Remind text messaging service through Media Arts. Use this form and send it to Angela Meron, Cc’ing Mary Basler.

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  1. Additional resources available to you include:
  2. Student Health Center Main Campus-(Counseling) 505-454-3218
  3. Campus Police 505-454-3278
  4. NMHU Dean of Students 505-454-3020
  5. Human Resources, Title IX Officer 505-426-2240
  6. NM Crisis & Access Line (Professional Counselors available 24/7) 1-855-662-7474

Center students are encouraged to contact HU-CARES for resources near the center campuses.

Academic Integrity:
NMHU media arts is a program designed to learn, absorb, discuss and question; to expand one’s mind through rigorous intellectual exploration. Integrity of the educational experience is diminished by cheating in class, plagiarizing, lying, or employing other modes of deceitful behavior, plagiarism and copyright infringement will not be tolerated. NMHU’s official policy states

Because academic dishonesty in any form compromises the university’s reputation and thus devalues the NMHU degree, it simply will not be tolerated.  Consequently, students caught cheating, plagiarizing, or doing anything which involves trying to pass off someone else’s intellectual work as their own, will be subject to disciplinary action (NMHU Student Handbook, page 28;

Accessibility Statement:

“In accordance with federal law, it is university policy to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). If you believe that you have a physical, learning, or psychological disability that requires an academic accommodation, contact the Coordinator of Disability Services by phone at (505) 454-3188 or via e-mail at or visit Room 108 of the Felix Martinez building on the Las Vegas campus. If you need the document upon which this notice appears in an alternative format, you may also contact the Coordinator of Disability Service.”