STUDIO ART DEPARTMENT
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Two-Dimensional Design is a foundations course suitable for the beginner or advanced student. The student will strive to compose a personal, formal, visual vocabulary, leading to a greater understanding of how art history, contemporary life, and individual uniqueness combine, producing artwork which is basically about oneself.
Learning Objectives of Two-Dimensional Design
Conforming to the Institutional Learning Objective Knowledge and Skills in the Discipline the student will explore compositional design as a process in structuring both illusory and real space on a 2-dimensional surface.
Through assigned projects the student will work to build an awareness of our visual world.
Organization of Course
Studio activities, or projects based on particular concepts, will be presented to the class for clarification and discussion. The works will then be completed in your sketchbook during both class periods and individual required lab time (home or school). One week will be given for completion of homework assignments (which will necessitate approximately four hours). Critiques will take place at the beginning of class sessions. Records will be kept of timeliness of assignments. This will also have a direct bearing on final grades.
of all assigned projects (approx. 16 – 18)
Class participation in critiques
Class field trips
Attendance at Art Department sponsored functions including artist receptions
on class attendance
Class attendance and participation is essential for both learning and grades.
While creativity tends to have an individualized and private origin, the group
Grades will reflect personal aesthetic growth, development
of assignments, class contributions, attendance and General Professional
Attitude. Each requirement of the course must be completed in order for the
student to be graded.
Projects = 80%
Attendance/ Participation = 20%
More than one unexcused absence will lower your grade. If you do miss a class it is your responsibility to get the homework project.
Drawing pad 18 ½” x 24” (no newsprint)
18” or 24” metal ruler with cork backing
Pencils (hard and soft leads)
Assorted Color pencils
Markers (assorted colors and tips)
Start a collection of texture rubbings using a variety of
materials and papers.
Try a wall, a sneaker, a radiator, your friend’s hair, and
so on.... Bring in at least 15 samples of textures
Trace 3 layouts from your comic book (“box” shapes –
not story pictures)
Design your own layout and using collected textures create a
Design a second layout and using scraps of color torn or cut
from magazines create a collaged design
Through the placement of four black squares, create a design
that best expresses four of the
following seven words. Complete your designs using a square format on a white
black construction paper for the squares.
of squares must be uniform within each word design, but you may vary sizes for
may get conceptual and introduce perspective into your solution.
must complete a minimum of eight thumbnail sketches showing your trial designs.
project will consist of:
Eight thumbnail sketches for each of four words
One final well executed design for each of four words
two pictures (photographs, magazines) into strips and create a new composition
by alternating those strips. Think about the relationship of the images. Do they
contradict each other – do the colors or lack of color pull them together or
push them apart – conceptually, do they make a statement. You may work
horizontally, vertically, weave, etc.
Select an ordinary object and draw multiples of that object
on an 18 x 24 groundsheet.
Vary sizes, weight of line, position and be sure to
After design is approved, move a 2 – 4inch “window
frame” over drawing and select an area that strikes you as a workable design.
Blowup that area onto an 8 x 10 or 10inch square format. Add color.
Immediate, practical communication is the function of a road sign. Graphically depict the subject for five of the twelve road signs. Let your personal expression give each sign a unique life of its own. Please, take the opportunity to play.
|MORSE CODE MESSAGE|
|BIRD SANCTUARY||BEE HIVES|
|DANGEROUS INTERSECTION||PEDESTRIAN CROSSING|
|ANT FARM||KITE FLYING AREA|
|RED LIGHT DISTRICT||EARTHQUAKE FAULT AREA|
|NUCLEAR POWER PLANT|
Using a diamond sign format on a white groundsheet execute each solution in black - unless your concept dictates color.
You have been given a copy of three areas, a window, an
interior wall and an exterior brick wall.
creative with each area.
You may work
directly on the copy or you may prefer to cut them apart and copy/enlarge each
will combine two of them and leave one separate.
always creativity is a must. Try some humor if you like.
Single out certain dots and link them within an imaginary
rubber band to form a shape. Use
from 5 – 9 dots for each design. Create 9 separate shapes and either arrange all 9 within one design or select three and present
them separately. You may use black and white, color, or texture (illusion
Put a piece of tracing paper over any art reproduction. These
may be borrowed from the files in the Art Department office supply room.
Look for, and outline in pencil, the primary compositional structure (ie.
triangular, circular, grid, etc.). Use a
separate piece of trace to pick up secondary shapes. Answer questions posed on
the separate handout distributed in class.
If you believe that you have a disability that may warrant accommodations in this class, I urge you to notify me immediately so that together we can work to develop methods of addressing needed accommodations in this class. You must also contact the Academic Dean’s office.
Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed through the regular instructional procedures as a result of academic misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an F or a zero in the course.
Hours: Room 209 –
ext. 5247 – firstname.lastname@example.org –
Monday: 1:30 – 5:00
Wednesday: 12:00-2:00, 4:30-5:00
And by appointment
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