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GRD 448 - Airbrush I

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
The airbrush is a versatile tool, making it easy to paint images for graphic design illustration. In this beginning class you will learn the skills needed to paint airbrush illustrations. This will include proper care for your equipment, drawing and painting skills like freehand, masking and stencil techniques while using a dual-action airbrush.
Competencies
  1. Demonstrate the proper applications and skills essential in using the airbrush as a tool.
    1. Identify all parts of the airbrush.
    2. Disassemble and reassemble an airbrush.
    3. Demonstrate various uses for an airbrush.
  2. Demonstrate the proper preparation of airbrush and work area for painting.
    1. Assemble airbrush to hose and fittings.
    2. Operate the airbrush tool using proper safety methods.
    3. Practice the basic function of the airbrush.
    4. Review proper maintenance of the airbrush.
  3. Demonstrate the proper preparation and use of water-thinned, air painting media.
    1. Distinguish the different types of water-based media used in an airbrush.
    2. Review mixing black and color media.
    3. Review mixing water thinned media.
    4. Practice mixing water thinned media.
  4. Demonstrate the beginning skills essential in using the airbrush as a tool.
    1. Identify the different types of painting surfaces.
    2. Practice control of air and paint mixture.
    3. Review and practice controlling placement of paint.
  5. Demonstrate drawing skills essential in using the airbrush as a tool.
    1. Review and practice varied size dot exercises.
    2. Review and practice line control exercises.
    3. Review and practice controlling parallel line width.
    4. Review and practice freehand lettering.
    5. Review and practice basic dagger stroke.
  6. Demonstrate beginning rendering skills essential in using the airbrush as a tool.
    1. Review and practice drawing parallel graduated line widths.
    2. Review how to create a graduated tone.
    3. Practice creating a graduated tone.
    4. Practice rendering realistic basic, solid, and geometric shapes.
  7. Demonstrate beginning stencil and masking skills essential in using the airbrush as a tool.
    1. Review and practice using stencils and freehand shields.
    2. Review and practice the techniques of applying a stencil or frisket.
    3. Use an x-acto knife and stencil burner for cutting stencils.
  8. Demonstrate the proper selection of media and substrate for painting.
    1. Review mixing media for painting on paper.
    2. Practice painting with media on paper.
    3. Review mixing media for painting on canvas.
    4. Practice painting with media on canvas.
    5. Discuss the techniques of applying media to a textile.
    6. Explain painting with transparent paints.
  9. Demonstrate proper cleaning of the airbrush and accessories.
    1. Disassemble and reassemble an airbrush for proper cleaning.
    2. Review and practice solutions to airbrush clogging problems.
    3. Review and practice proper cleaning techniques.
    4. Demonstrate how to safely store the airbrush and accessories. 



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