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Effective: Summer 2011
ART 72STUDIO ART PORTFOLIO PREPARATION4 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful students shall be able to produce original, digital or photographic documentation of their artwork. This may include an advertisement for an art event, a slide sheet, or a website with digital images or a physical portfolio of original works. Students shall be able to copy the steps in the application process and apply these steps to a finished packet.
  • A successful student shall be able recall previous art experience in an artist biography. Students shall be able to assemble contents in a application packet and portable portfolio. The cover letter, artist statement, artist resume' and bio, and original photographic images of studio artwork are contents in this application packet. Students shall be able explain a personal artist intention in an artist statement.
Description -
Preparation, organization, and assembly of previous and current artwork to create a cohesive studio art portfolio. This course enables students and practicing artists the preparation in creating a professional portfolio for transfer into higher institutions, career opportunities, art exhibitions, art competitions, funding, or professional practice. Documenting work, writing artist statements, practice interviews, and assembling portable portfolios are included in this course.

Course Objectives -
Students will be able to:
  1. Produce photographic documentation of their artwork. This may include an advertisement for an art event, a slide sheet or cdrom, or a website with digital images.
  2. Assemble and sort contents in a application packet and portable portfolio. The packet will include the cover letter, artist resume, artist statement, artist biography, and photograph images of studio artwork.
  3. Format artwork in a portable portfolio and/or digital portfolio.
  4. Understand various career paths in art.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Space to assemble and organize the student portfolio during open labs and/or as arranged by the student with other instructors. Lights and cameras for documenting the portfolio. Exhibition wall space, a room suitable for slide projection, and/or a room suitable for computer screen display, as dictated by particular portfolio needs.
  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. Orientation to career paths in studio art
    1. Higher institutions
      1. College and university art programs
      2. Art schools
      3. Graduate programs
    2. Artist Communities
      1. Residencies
      2. Studio spaces
    3. Art Exhibitions
      1. Local exhibitions
      2. Galleries
    4. Art Competitions
    5. Career Opportunities
    6. Funding
      1. Scholarships
      2. Grants
  2. Orientation to the application packet
    1. The cover letter
    2. The letter of intent or artist biography
    3. The art explanation page
      1. The artist statement, the slide explanation statement, or the art exhibition statement
    4. The artist resume
    5. The slide sheet
      1. A list of titles of art works
      2. A list of dates of art works
      3. A list of dimensions of art works
      4. A list of media of art works
    6. The letters of recommendation
    7. The self addressed return envelope
  3. Producing and revising the supplementary written information
    1. Producing the written information
      1. The cover letter
      2. The artist biography or letter of intent
      3. The art explanation page or the artist statement
    2. Revising the written information
      1. In-progress assessment with instructor
  4. Selecting work for portable portfolio
    1. In progress assessment with instructors
    2. Class critiques
  5. Photographing artwork
    1. Orientation in taking slides
      1. Two-dimensional artwork
      2. Three dimensional artwork
    2. Photographing Equipment
      1. Lights
      2. Cameras
      3. Film
    3. Resources in documenting work
      1. Professional photographers
      2. Developing slide film
      3. Printing art advertisement
  6. Format of the portfolio
    1. Order and appearance of art work
    2. Uniform format
      1. Uniform font and size for the application packet
      2. Uniform mat or portable portfolio sleeve
      3. Special consideration with what the application may ask
  7. Orientation to advertising an art event
    1. Postcards or Posters
    2. Digital invitations
  8. Completed portfolio presentations
    1. Portfolio critiques
      1. The slide presentation
      2. The portable portfolio presentation
    2. Information interview
    3. The completed application packet
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. The completed application packet
  2. The cover letter
  3. The letter of intent or artist biography
  4. The artist statement, art explanation page, or art exhibition page
  5. The artist resume
  6. Slide sheet, slides, and labels
  7. The advertisement for an art event
  8. The slide presentation
  9. The portable portfolio presentation
  10. The information interview
Representative Text(s) -
Lang, Cay, Taking the Leap: Building a Career As a Visual Artist Chronicle Books, 2006.

Disciplines -
Art
Graphic Design
Photography
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Self-paced, Field work, Oral presentations, Electronic discussions/chat, Independent study, Laboratory, Demonstration, Internship/preceptorship, Community service, Field trips.
 
Lab Content -
  1. The completed application packet
  2. The cover letter
  3. The letter of intent or artist biography
  4. The artist statement, art explanation page, or art exhibition page
  5. The artist resume
  6. Slide sheet, slides, and labels
  7. The advertisement for an art event
  8. The slide presentation
  9. The portable portfolio presentation
  10. The information interview
  11. Field trips to Art Colleges and Institutions
  12. Field trips to National Portfolio Day
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Taking the Leap (required textbook)
  2. Reading artist statements
  3. Writing the letter of intent or artist biography
  4. Writing the artist statement, art explanation page, or art exhibition page
  5. Reading online artist interviews
  6. Writing a grant application or art residency application