Design I (Art1213)
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Design I, 3 hours credit. An introductory class concentrating on two and three
dimensional forms which emphasizes design elements and their organizational
principles. Laboratory 9 hours per week.
During the progression of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of design components and vocabulary through analysis
and articulation of art works both verbally and in a writing format.
- Develop a working knowledge and understanding of the elements of art:
line, shape, form, color, and texture through problem solving exercises.
- Develop a working knowledge and understanding of the principles of design:
proportion, balance, contrast, rhythm, emphasis and unity through problem
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the relationships between design and
- Demonstrate the ability to use a journal in the creative process. Perceptual
awareness, recording of data, and synthesis of ideas are involved in the documentation
of the creative process.
- Discuss criteria relevant to the classification of forms as visual fine
- Discuss works of art in relation to a variety of theories of art and approaches
to art criticism.
- Utilize the computer to create imagery which illustrates design concepts.
AREAS OF STUDY:
- The Nature of Art - Components of a work of Art: subject matter, content
- Form - Preliminary factors of form organization Principles of organization
- balance, harmony, variety, dominance, economy, space, proportion, movement.
- Line - Functions and properties of line.
- Shape - Introduction, definition and uses of shapes.
- Value - Value relationships, descriptive and expressive uses of value Decorative
value patterns, compositional functions of value
- Texture - Nature and types of texture, texture and composition, art media
- Color - Nature of color, uses of color, color harmonies
- Originality and creativity - the use of a journal in the creative process
- Design synectics and synthesis of ideas
Ocvirk, Stinson, Wigg, Bonne, Art Fundamentals Theory and Practice.
Wm.C. Brown Publisher, Dubuque, IA, 1990.
Gill, Sarah, The Critic Sees: A Guide to Art Criticism. Kendall / Hunt
Publishing Co., Dubuque, Iowa, 1991.
MATERIALS (available at Sadler's, Hobby Lobby, or Bookstore
Supplies will be announced as needed throughout the semester, therefore it
is not essential for you to purchase all at this time. UTRECHT catalog (1-800-352-4638)
- Black 3 ring binder (2" width) - (typing paper & acetate top loader inserts)
Sam's Warehouse 100 for $7.00
- Sketchbook - (optional) - the typing paper will work in your notebook
- KoH-I-Noor rapidograph pen (#O, #1) - sets of several sizes are available
through UTRECHT catalog ($44.14 for set of 7).
- Canson Airbrush paper: - 1 1 xl 4 or 14 X 1 7 pad or separate sheets -$1.00
- Brushes (#2,4,6, or 8) - watercolor rounds (at least 2 sizes) - Robert Simmons
- Tracing paper -1 1 " x 14" pad or larger -1 4" x 17"
- Rubber cement (small bottle) scissors, exacto knife, blades #1, #1 1 *15"
or 18" aluminum ruler - straight edge (with padded backing for inking)
- Drawing pencils, kneaded eraser
- Compass, French curve, and acrylic triangle (various sizes available) optional
- dry cleaning pad & drafting brush (optional), drafting tape, rubber pick-
- Flip & Tell Portfolio Case - 1 1 X 14" (SADLERS)
Supplies needed as the semester progresses (Do NOT buy these
- White illustration board - cold press - 30" x 40" (1)
- White illustration board - hot press (for pen and ink) - 30" x 40" (1 piece)
- Hi-Fi Gray Pastel Sticks - set of 12 achromatic values - Sadler's acrylics,
and other watercolor media can be used
- Craftint Paper - 19 sheets of silk screened achromatic values of gray
You are required to:
- Keep a design notebook/sketchbook/journal that contains all class notes,
handouts, design assignments, written analysis, selected readings, sketches
- documentation of your creative process.
- Complete a weekly vocabulary test, Mid-term, and Final Examination
- Participate in your group discussions and analysis of art works. (video)
- Assemble a portfolio of all design problem assignments
- turned in at end of semester
- grade based on quality of completed assignments, as well as effort,
motivation, and personal progress toward class work.
- Final Design Project (assigned at least 3 weeks prior to exam date)
- Attend class regularly and be prepared with materials.
- Participate in all class critiques (oral and written).
DO NOT BE ABSENT ON CRITIQUE DAYS or show up without your work.
You will be graded using a numerical grading system on the following:
- Vocabulary tests (graded weekly - 100 pts. each)
- Written analysis of art works ( in design notebook - 1 00 pts. each)
- Sketchbook/journal - documentation of creative process (design & content)
- Design problem solutions - 100 pts. each
- Class participation, critique activity (oral and written), attendance
- Final Design Project - apr. 300 pts.
- Design Portfolio - presentation of all assignments ( end of semester) -
Presentation of each design problem (according to specific criteria
provided), design in relation to content, and technical expertise
will be carefully considered for individual and overall design evaluation.
Attendance is of utmost importance - especially with a T TH format. Due to
the extensive nature of the material which will be presented and discussed in
class, excessive absences (more than 2) will effect your semester
grade. Interactive class discussion, slide-lectures, modeling of formal analysis,
presentation of art theory and fine art criteria will be the format for most
class sessions. Studio days will be few - efficient use of this time is
Low grades are influenced by the following factors:
- Late arrivals and early departures.
- Late/ incomplete assignments.
- Low motivation/ personal progress.
- Non-participation in class critiques.