Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
6 hours lecture-laboratory.3 Units

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 1/12/09; 12/10/09

1. Description -
Studio experience in structuring the elements of visual form using, but not limited to, the exploratory medium of collage. Development of a personal sensitivity to visual organization and the vocabulary of art as it relates to expressiveness and content.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: ART 4A or 5A; this course is included in the Book Arts & Paper Family of activity courses.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. describe and understand formal elements as they function in art works
  2. demonstrate an ability to synthesize content and form in art works.
  3. use a variety of spatial and formal techniques to give structure and compositional strength to images.
  4. work with a variety of materials including but not limited to, drawing, collage, and photographic and computer generated media.
  5. gain knowledge about how socio/cultural and personal concerns affect art forms.
  6. gain confidence in expressing a personal point of view in image making.
  7. share through discussion in student critiques the cultural and personal differences in their artwork.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Adequate worktable space, stool for each student, sink area.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Technique, form, and content will be studied both separately and in combination.
  1. Technical Concerns
    1. Sketches : use of ink, pencils, charcoals, and pastels, and other materials as required.
    2. Collage/assemblage - assembly and alteration.
    3. Student selected media such as photography, computer generated art.
  2. Formal Concerns
    1. Review of major elements: point, line, shape, value, color, texture, mass, and sequence.
    2. Organizing principles: scale, balance, proportion, unity with variety, movement, directional forces, emphasis and subordination, et. al.
    3. Structural analysis of works done by artists from past and present.
    4. Comparison and contrast of formal arrangement and random order in composition.
  3. Conceptual Focus
    1. Purposes of art, perceptual and conceptual imagery, symbolism, and visual metaphor.
    2. Social issues in art: the environment, ethnicity, gender concerns, censorship.
    3. Aesthetics - fine art/folk art, high art/low art, and public art/private art.
  4. Since art projects cannot be precisely defined or measured they naturally offer wide latitude of interpretation. Some student assignments may be concerned with a diversity of personal experiences and cultural heritages and therefore bring these perspectives into a shared activity. The art classroom offers multiple opportunities to illustrate concepts by artists representing broad cultural and personal histories.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Fitness to assignment and evidence of understanding principles involved.
  2. Written quizzes, participation in class discussions, and overall contribution to the class may partially constitute methods of evaluating the student's understanding of the material.
  3. Craftsmanship: evidence of care in construction and execution of final work.
  4. Progress: evidence of individual's increased understanding and application of concepts and technique. Originality and initiative in experimenting and exploring alternatives in the work addressed.
  5. Participation in class critiques and discussions and demonstration of interest and overall contribution to the class.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Collage Techniques, Gerald Brommer
Amanda Pearce, Watson Guptill, The Crafter's Complete Guide to Collage,Visual Forces Martinez & Block

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Demonstration, internet classes parallel on-ground coursework; discussion occurs weekly in the Discussion forum and scheduled Chat.
10. Lab Content -
Projects developed during lab time from concept to completion based on the lecture; use of grid and alignments and other traditional compositional devices such as a triangular configuration. Repeat Students work through a variety of new projects selected by instructor & student depending upon ability and interest.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Students required to read lecture and assignment handouts for both on-ground and online classes.
  2. Weekly laboratory assignments based upon lecture-demonstration are usually individual but may include group projects.
  3. Students required to include notes, a summary of the project and written self-critique using appropriate terminology for each project, and submitted in a final portfolio.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degrees and Certificate of Achievements in Art Survey and Studio Arts.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-06-12 09:53:22

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines