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Effective: Fall 2012
GID 43ILLUSTRATION & DIGITAL IMAGING4 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: ART 4A or GID 70; GID 41 or familiarity with painting and drawing software; not open to students with credit in GID 76 or GRDS 90.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will be able to create illustrations that communicate the content of an editorial or narrative of a story. (Created By Department - Graphic & Interactive Design (GID))
  • A successful student will be able to effectively use painting and drawing tools to visually communicate ideas and information. (Created By Department - Graphic & Interactive Design (GID))
Description -
Creation of images to communicate ideas. Traditional and digital media. Emphasis on concept development and communication effectiveness. Development of personal visual vocabulary while learning art making techniques and media, reproduction processes and illustration business practice.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. create illustrations that communicate the content of an editorial or narrative of a story.
  2. demonstrate an awareness of basic principles of form and composition.
  3. effectively use painting and drawing tools to visually communicate ideas and information.
  4. compare and contrast styles of contemporary electronic illustrators with illustrators using traditional media.
  5. create hard copy prints for class critique and portfolio presentation.
  6. recognize and appreciate the contributions made in this field by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  7. share through class discussions the cultural and personal strengths of their work.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. A lecture room equipped with instructional computer; high resolution color monitor; color projection system; scanner; print output devise; software; lighting and wall space suitable for viewing art works and projected images. An integrated or separate facility with student workstation configurations to include hard drives; color monitors; mice or electronic drawing tablets; keyboards; scanner; print output devise; and software.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
    1. On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
    2. Email address.
    3. Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Overview of illustration
    1. History and development of illustration styles (Lec)
    2. Artistic contributions by individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds (Lec)
    3. Narrative structure and visual communication (Lec)
    4. Artistic styles using digital media (Lec)
    5. Use of tools and mediums (Lec)
  2. Software demonstrations and techniques
    1. Object-oriented drawing software (Lab)
    2. Bitmapped painting software (Lec)
    3. Image editing software (Lec)
    4. Technological contributions by individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds (Lec)
  3. Hardware
    1. CPU, monitors, drawing tablets (Lec)
    2. Scanners and digital cameras (Lec)
    3. Printers & color management (Lec)
  4. Principles of form and content
    1. Principles of composition (Lec)
    2. Visual communication (Lec)
    3. Creative problem solving (Lec)
  5. Image creation
    1. Subject matter, content, form (composition), context and technique (Lab)
    2. Idea development and sketching (Lab)
    3. Research and planning (Lab)
    4. Developing individual styles and interpretations (Lab)
    5. Applying techniques, special effects and short cuts (Lab)
    6. Exploring solutions for achieving visual awareness, mood, dramatic emphasis and professional standards (Lab)
  6. The business of illustration
    1. Job opportunities (Lec)
    2. Reproduction and digital technology (Lec)
    3. Ethics of electronic image making (Lec)
      1. Image appropriation (Lec)
      2. Copyright issues (Lec)
  7. Critique and presentation
    1. Presenting works of art for peer review (Lab)
    2. Evaluation of content, context, form and technique (Lab)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of illustrations 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) -
Fleishman, Michael. Illustration. Clifton Park: Delmar Learning, 2004.

Disciplines -
Art
Graphic and Interactive Design
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
 
Lab Content -
Concept development sketches, planning and production sketches, preparation of artwork, preparation of digital files, printing of digital files, and production of finished work.
 
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 about art projects.
  5. Writing portfolio and artist's statements.