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Effective: Summer 2013
ART 5A2-D FOUNDATIONS4 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Humanities Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful students will be able to use reasoned judgments based on technical mastery and design principles and elements terminology in design critiques and design discussions.
  • A successful student will be able to use design principles and elements effectively in design projects.
Description -
Introduction to the concepts, applications, and historical and contemporary references related to two-dimensional art and composition, including the study of the basic principles and elements of line, shape, texture, value, color and spatial illusion. Development of a visual vocabulary for creative expression through lecture presentations, studio projects, problem solving, and written assignments.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of the basic elements of a two-dimensional art, including line, shape, texture, value, color and spatial illusion
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of the organizing principles of two-dimensional art, including balance, proportion, repetition, contrast, harmony, unity, point of emphasis, and visual movement
  3. Independently produce visual compositions and problem-solving projects that successfully incorporate the basic elements and organizing principles of two-dimensional art
  4. Make individual aesthetic decisions and judgments related to their own artwork
  5. Skillfully use a variety of artistic materials, techniques and tools
  6. Translate ideas and visual experience into images using both formal and conceptual approaches.
  7. Discuss, critique and evaluate their own two-dimensional compositions, as well as those of their classmates.
  8. Discuss and write a critical evaluation of two-dimensional art using the appropriate vocabulary and terminology pertaining to the basic elements and organizing principles of two-dimensional art
  9. Examine, compare and analyze historical and contemporary examples of two-dimensional art, within a global context.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. 24" x 30" table space for each student.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access using Etudes, ongoing access to a computer with e-mail address, software and hardware, and Internet access.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Fundamental theoretical concepts and terminology common to all two-dimensional art activities, including the basic elements of line, shape, value, texture, color, spatial illusion.
  2. Organizing principles of two-dimensional art, including balance, proportion, repetition, contrast, harmony, unity, point of emphasis, and visual movement.
  3. Problem solving visual exercises that develop two-dimensional awareness and require exploration and manipulation of the basic two-dimensional elements.
  4. Dynamic relationships of two-dimensional elements and organizing principles.
  5. Introduction and development of skills using a variety of media.
  6. Translation of ideas and visual experience into images using both formal and conceptual approaches.
  7. Evaluation and critique of examples of two-dimensional art from various cultures, historical periods, and aesthetic sensibilities.
  8. Written assignments in which students must clearly articulate comprehension of the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional art.
  9. Critical evaluation and critique of class projects.
  10. Examination of contemporary trends, materials, and approaches in two-dimensional art.
Methods of Evaluation -
The following evaluation methods may include but are not limited to:
  1. Portfolio review-Each design will be evaluated for technical ability, craftsmanship and personal creative and conceptual approaches.
  2. Written critiques
  3. Written essays
  4. Written participation in lectures of historical and contemporary two-dimensional works of art
  5. Design revisions
Representative Text(s) -
Lauer, David A. and Pentak, Stephen. Design Basics, 8th ed. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace, 2011.
When taught via Foothill Global Access, students will utilize Etudes technology for online Classroom Lessons, Assignments, Tests, Forum for discussion groups, and the Message Center for private communication with instructor.

Disciplines -
Art
 
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentation using the language of the principles and elements of design.
  2. Discussion using the language of the principles and elements of design.
  3. Demonstration of using two-dimensional design tools, techniques and methods.
  4. Critique and group presentation of major two dimensional design projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
 
Lab Content -
  1. Assignments based upon the elements of design.
  2. Assignments based upon the principles of design.
  3. Problem solving visual exercises that develop two-dimensional awareness and require exploration and manipulation of the basic two-dimensional elements.
  4. Studio projects that explore the dynamic relationships of two-dimensional elements and organizing principles.
  5. Development of skills using a variety of artistic materials, techniques and tools appropriate to an introductory study in art, including but not exclusive to pencils, markers, inks, paints, glues and cutting tools.
  6. Discuss, critique and evaluate their own two-dimensional compositions, as well as those of their classmates.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Make a two-dimensional design that uses one of the principles of design (emphasis or focal point).
  2. Read book reading chapters connected the principle or element of design.
  3. Write an essay or paper describing the artwork.
  4. Write a self critique describing the process of making a design that uses a design principle.