COLOR (ART 2243)

Sample Syllabus

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Instructor: Edna Williams
Office: 124D Art Building
Office Phone: 581-2450
Office Hours: By appointment


Color, 3 hours credit. Exploration and analysis of color. Laboratory 9 hours per week.


This is a studio foundation course in which the student will explore the nature of color, the uses of color and will develop an understanding of color as a vital element in design. The material will be covered in lectures, demonstrations, class discussions (critique), and specific text reading assignments, as well as computer aided applications.


Color will be studied with emphasis on the following:

TEXT (Required):

Zelanski, Paul & Fisher, Mary Pat, Color, Prentice-Hall, Inc. New Jersey, 1989.

TEXTS (Optional):

Itten, Johannes, The Elements of Color, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., NY, 1970.
Albers, Joeseph, Interaction of Color, Yale Press.
Wong, Wucius, Principles of Color Design.



You are required to:

  1. Keep a color notebook containing all class notes, related information, personal ideas about the utilization of color. All colorplate assignment criteria should be recorded in this notebook and all class handouts included. To be evaluated along with Colorplate Portfolio at mid-term and the end of the semester.
  2. Be prompt to class for lecture arid slide presentations (at first of class).
  3. Meet your deadlines for each color plate assignment.
  4. Assemble a portfolio of all colorplate assignments with coversheet and analysis for each individual color problem. To be evaluated at mid-semester and end of the semester.
  5. Participate in all critiques (written and verbal).
  6. Complete all written vocabulary tests arid theory final exam.


You will be graded on the following:

  1. Color notebook/ sketchbook
  2. Portfolio of color problems
  3. In-class assignments & homework assignments
  4. Written & verbal formal analysis of works of art (emphasis on color concepts)
  5. Vocabulary tests & theory final exam - slide analysis.
  6. Attendance.


  1. Presentation of each color problem (according to specific criteria provided) and technical expertise will be carefully considered for individual and overall color problem evaluation.
  2. Creative use of media is an important criteria for applied assignments.
  3. Design in relation to content will be considered for applied assignments.
  4. Observation and media skills in creating realism will be emphasized.
  5. Abstraction and stylization techniques will be considered.
  6. Using a journal In the creative process, perceptual awareness and recording of data should be demonstrated throughout this course.
  7. Synthesis of ideas in formulating concept and continuity between concept and design should be developed.


Low grades are influenced by the following factors:

  1. Late arrivals (DO NOT BE LATE) and early departures
  2. Late/ incomplete assignments
  3. Low motivation / personal progress
  4. Non-participation in class critiques
  5. Absences

Attendance is of utmost importance due to the extensive assignments and nature of the material which will be presented and discussed in class. Excessive absences (more than 3) will effect your semester grade.


The following list of materials are available through Hobby Lobby or various art supply catalogs (i.e., Utrecht, Dick Blick, etc.) Utrecht's number is 1-800-352-4638. Dick Blick's number is 1-800-447-8192.

Other (as needed later):

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