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Art 220 - Watercolor Painting - Erica Ryan Stallones

Course:Watercolor Painting
Professor:Erica Ryan Stallones
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to Watercolor Painting! This is an OnlineLive class, so there will be no physical meetings on campus. We will use the classroom management system Canvas to post and submit assignments, and we will meet live via Zoom every week during posted class times. You are expected to be present and working during both lecture and lab hours. Watercolor is uniquely challenging and extremely rewarding! I look forward to working closely with you this semester - we will embrace and exploit the remote learning experience for a fun and growth-filled term.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to painting techniques and methods specific to the medium of watercolor paint. We will cover color theory, material use, composition, and formal and conceptual approaches to painting. We will discuss, analyze, and put into practice traditional, contemporary, and experimental uses of the medium. Class exercises and projects are designed to encourage skill-based learning, productive experimentation, and individual artistic growth.

What to Expect in this Course

You must have access to a computer with a reliable online connection and a working camera and microphone. You must be live on Zoom during class time with your microphone muted unless otherwise instructed. If you do not have a computer with a working camera and microphone you can check one out from the college at no charge, but it is your responsibility to do so before the term begins.

Types of Assessments

Regular in-class and homework paintings and drawings will be assigned in addition to writing assessments, open-note quizzes, and required discussion threads. Active critique participation is expected.

Textbook Information

No textbook is required. A list of required and recommended supplies has been created for you through Dick Blick and will be discussed during the first week of class. You must have or purchase required supplies by the second week of class in order to take this course. Please email the professor ahead of time if you wish to purchase your supplies online.

Other Relevant Course Information

You are responsible for knowing and meeting all deadlines. Please do not email me after the semester ends to ask me to reconsider your grade. Save all of your graded work until your grade for this class is posted correctly to the Canvas Gradebook. You may also be required to re-submit images of completed work at the culmination of the semester in lieu of a physical portfolio. Back up all of your work on the computer. I am not responsible for computer or internet malfunctions. I strongly suggest you complete the weekly requirements early in case of technical malfunctions. 

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 08/13/2021 Sub#: 515