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Effective: Fall 2012
GID 37CARTOONING4 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GID 72 or GRDS 73A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU; UC pending
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will be able to create cartoon illustrations utilizing verbal or non verbal humor
  • The student will demonstrate facility with hand tool, rendering surfaces using drawing equipment
  • The student will demonstrate and understanding of contemporary style trends
Description -
Fundamentals of drawing cartoons for mass communication with a variety of styles and techniques. Emphasis on skills, concepts, humor, and design. Exploration of career opportunities.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. produce cartoon illustrations, utilizing verbal or non-verbal humor.
  2. Employ emotional expression, clarity of ideas and a definite point of view.
  3. Demonstrate facility with hand tools and rendering surfaces.
  4. Utilize contemporary style trends.
  5. Display familiarity with cartooning occupations.
  6. Show a sensitivity to multi-cultural populations responding to cartoons.
  7. critically evaluate, define and discuss his or her own projects and the projects of student peers.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Drawing tables and a light table.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Cartooning as an occupation
    1. Comic books (Lec)
    2. Newspaper strips and panels (Lec)
    3. Political cartoons (Lec)
    4. Books and magazines (Lec)
    5. Greeting cards (Lec)
    6. Posters and advertising (Lec)
    7. Animation (Lec)
    8. Novelties (Lec)
  2. Gag-writing and humor (Lec)
  3. Animation story boards (Lec)
  4. Caricatures (Lec)
  5. Character development (Lec)
  6. Staging and design (Lec)
  7. Pacing (Lec)
  8. Hand skills with pen, marker and brush (Lec)
  9. Lines and tones (Lec)
  10. Culturally-diverse readership (Lec)
  11. Rendering Cartoons
    1. rendering of cartoon illustrations, utilizing verbal or non-verbal humor. (Lab)
    2. rendering of cartoon illustrations that employ emotional expression, clarity of ideas and a definite point of view. (Lab)
    3. rendering of cartoon illustrations demonstrate facility with hand tools and rendering surfaces. (Lab)
    4. rendering of cartoon illustrations that utilize contemporary style trends. (Lab)
    5. rendering of cartoon illustrations that display familiarity with cartooning occupations. (Lab)
    6. rendering of cartoon illustrations that show a sensitivity to multi-cultural populations responding to cartoons. (Lab)
  12. Critique and presentation (Lab)
    1. presenting works of art for peer review (Lab)
    2. evaluation of content, context, form and technique (Lab)

Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of cartoons produced. Evaluation of each project is determined by how completely it fulfills the parameters and goals of the assignment.
  2. Participation in group discussions and critiques.
  3. Reading, research & writing assignments.

Representative Text(s) -
Mc Cloud, Scott. Making Comics. New York, NY: Harper Perennial,2006.


Disciplines -
Graphic & Interactive Design
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration, Class critiques.
 
Lab Content -
  1. Cartoon drawing assignments
  2. Character sketches
  3. Model sheets
  4. Animation timing sheets
  5. Drawing cartoons in TV, film and video and panel layout formats
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments from assigned textbook.
  2. Reading of handouts.
  3. Reading of internet research sites.
  4. Writing for cartoons.
  5. Writing portfolio and artist's statements.
  6. Writing research reports.