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2 D Design Foundations UTDallas

Summer 2005 Arts 2380.081 (2D Foundations) MW 2:00-5:00 p.m. Room 1.116 PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DOCUMENT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGES AND UPDATES BY THE PROFESSOR. THANK YOU. Instructor/Professor: Lorraine Tady Office: Classroom or AS 2.116 Contact: Email, Please specify in subject header of email UTD/Your Section/Your Name ltady@dcccd.edu Office Hours: MW 5:00-5:30 p.m. and by appointment Regarding email contact: University policy dictates that I can only respond to students using their UTDallas email account. If you wish a callback, please include your phone number in your email. In general, let’s talk about issues before they become problems. Face-to-face/ in-person discussions are preferred over lengthy phone or lengthy email correspondence. Course description, objectives, and content: 2D Design Foundations is a studio workshop where students engage in the practice of problem solving, analytical thinking, and uncertainty in the search for solutions to 2D color and design problems. Students are guided towards a process or method of investigation utilizing multiplicity, comparison, and variation. “Step by step” methodical directives give students the core skills and understanding to eventually orchestrate their own visual problem solving initiative in any visual presentation, encouraging a command or mastering of visual elements and relationships. Sequential assignments advance students gradually towards more complex challenges, while individual and group critique strive to develop within the student the ability to self-critique and hone their ability to see with care and sensitivity. Upon completion of this course, students should understand, strengthen, or reawaken visual skills pertaining to the fundamentals of “The Elements of Design” (Line, Space, Shape and Form/Volume, Texture, Motion, Value, Color) and “The Principles of Design” (Unity and Variety, Balance, Rhythm and Emphasis, Proportion and Scale). This class surveys a range of traditional methods and theories, as well as practical applications, and serves as a strong foundation for visual arts disciplines, Art and Technology, and Art and Humanities Majors. A mandatory course for majors, philosophies expressed in this class recognize the rich interplay of all disciplines—literature, film, poetry, philosophy, science, mathematics, history, etc., therefore those with no art experience or focus in other majors are encouraged to participate as well. Textbook: None required, but Design Basics by David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak (Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Belmont, CA, 2002) provides an in-depth overview at low cost (regardless of edition.) Wucius Wong is another author whose design books are engaging. Art majors should consider researching or buying Design and Form: The Basic Course at the Bauhaus and The Art of Color , both by Johannes Itten; as well as Joseph Alber’s Interaction of Color. Grading Criteria: Since this class is a studio workshop, concepts in this class can only be absorbed through hands-on experience. Success depends on (1) a commitment to attend classes prepared with the proper materials for projects (2) completing projects in a timely manner and that thoughtfully exhibit growth or understanding of design obje ctives and principles (3) participate in class studio and discussion activities. Evaluations consider the following: (further clarifications outlined in pages 2-4) ___PORTFOLIO, ARTWORK Completes projects in a timely manner; Neat presentation and executio n; Projects are thoughtful, exhibit growth, understanding, and successful use and pursuit of design objectives/principles ___PREPARATION Prepared for class mentally and materially ___ATTITUDE Keeps a good attitude ___PARTICIPATION Participates in class/discussions ___ATTENDANCE Attends classes regularly, on time ___EFFORT Effort to grow and respond to class criticism and objectives; Complexity of endeavor; Compositional soundness; Thoughtful work; Good work ethic; Dedication to self directed work; Understanding of visual concepts; Demonstrated awareness of problems involved; Experimentation and improvement; Variety in solutions and investigations ___IMPROVEMENT Willingness to be open to new ideas and critical dialog; Work shows growth ___GROWTH Implement class objectives; Strive to explore within objectives ___FOCUS/COMMITMENT Dedication; Striving to do your best with the task at hand ___STUDIO SAFETY/TEAMWORK Respect for the studio, art, fellow classmates

Tady Design UTD 2 of 4 Retaining Artwork: Students must retain all artwork for review at the final critique. All artwork must be cared for and available for evaluation at each class period (portfolio). Some student work may be selected and retained by the professor temporarily. Work will be returned to the students. Class discussion and critiques require mandatory participation and will be scheduled intermittently throughout the semester. Critiques are the studio equivalents to a midterm test and a final exam. Yet unlike an exam, it is a group discussion that requires you to be present the entire time and participate during the entire discussion. Missing a critique is unacceptable. Mid-term evaluation: You will receive a mid-term evaluation (date TBA) to help you determine where you stand gradewise and how you can improve or continue to sustain success. There are no extra credit projects. Final Critique/Exam by SECTION: (as per university schedule) Tests, Papers: If there are any tests or papers, grading and weight of evaluation will be outlined when assigned. Class projects, descriptions, due dates: will be announced in class sequentially. Note to non-majors and majors: This is a visual and hands-on learning experience, and some students may experience a learning curve with studio art materials or new ideas. However, growth is expected due to practice, willingness to be open to new ideas, and through class and one on one discussions. For all students, as class progresses, expectations rise. Strive to do your best. Attitude is important. Examples of le tter grade explanations: A: All objectives are achieved. Exemplary commitment, effort, and results are demonstrated in all work. Participation and attendance are excellent. The student is fully engaged in the process of learning. B: Most objectives are achieved. Good results and good growth are demonstrated in work. The student makes a strong effort. Good participation in class. Few absences. C: Some important objectives are achieved. Satisfactory results shown in most work; participates from time to time. Tardy or absent often. Average performance, which may be determined by attendance problems, on and off again commitment, effort, or work. that is acceptable but not your best D: Important objectives not achieved. Work below standard. Poor effort, poor quality of work, or poor participation. Tardy or absent often. May not be ready for advanced work. F: Failed course. Lack of work, attendance too low, disruptive to learning process. Student should have withdrawn by deadline. Student Self-evaluation. Helpful questions: 1. Have all assignments been completed and turned in on time? 2. Has there been active class participation in projects and discussions, and class preparedness? 3. Does the work exhibit an improvement in technique and use of materials, development of ideas and creative problem solving as the semester progresses? 4. Have there been excessive absences or tardiness or early departures? 5. Has the student been involved in class work with greater participation than the minimum required to complete each assignment? Class etiquette: During class, it is important to be present mentally and materially, therefore please turn off all cell phones, beepers, headphones, ipods, and (any thing of that nature) as well as attention to other class projects, and non-class related conversations. Attendance Policy: I am interested in your success at this institution and require that each of us give 100%. I strive to be both FAIR and FIRM. Concepts in this class can only be absorbed through hands-on experience and it will be necessary to attend all classes and participate in class studio and discussion activities. Attendance is mandatory. For success, attend every class, on time, and do not leave class unexpectedly or early. My “Keep it Simple” policy is as follows: For life’s unexpected upsets, doctor’s visits, traffic problems, family obligations, etc. you are allowed ONE absence , and I don’t need an excuse story or a doctor’s note. The second absence may influence your grade, the third and each next absence automatically lowers your grade. Five absences will result in a failing grade. No distinction is made between excused and unexcused absences.

Tady Design UTD 3 of 4 Missed class/late work policy/appointment policy: Since the instructor cannot repeat the class experience for you, you are responsible for attending class, and, for missed class material you should consult a fellow student for updates. Therefore, befriend your classmates and help each other with keeping up with missed class material and preparations for next class. I am available to help you and to provide guidance with challenges and wish to ensure your attendance and successful completion of this course. Often I repeat issues and assist students during class as we work on the project (hence the “workshop”). Overall, I prefer face to face meetings during office hours and in-class discussions Your project question may be shared by others and it is good to see each others work and learn from each other. Due dates, make-up work/missed work , etc. will be determined on a project by project basis. Each project due date will be discussed in class. If you are absent on the date an assignment is due, it is expected that you will turn the project in on the next class meeting day, and it will be considered “late”. Evaluation of the project will take into consideration that the project was late and therefore that project cannot be an “A”. Overall, anything CHRONIC (things that happen more than once) will adversely effect your grade. Anything other than “chronic” will be taken into consideration as a case in “learning, growth or improvement” if the offense (aesthetic or practical) does not occur again. Incompletes/Withdrawals/Drops: I abide by university policy. Please review new guidelines on web. Supplies Required: Bring all items by next class. Keep receipts. You may need to replenish items during semester. (Do not purchase items prior to first day of class discussion.) The following items are recycled or from the grocery store: A notebook sectioned for this class only, for assignments, lecture notes, hand-outs Cheap Pentel or Bic #2 0.7 mm mechanical pencil Some kind of water jar, recycled plastic with lid Small stick or twig from nature (pencil sized or so; we will sharpen one end and draw with it, so not too brittle) If needed, Combination or key lock for locker Box , backpack, or bag to carry supplies in (students often use Asel’s shopping bag provided with kit) The following items are available for quick purchase at a discount. Ask for 2D Design/Tady “KIT” at Asel Art, S/W corner of I75 and Beltline, (3 doors down from McDonald’s facing the highway, phone 972-690-6320: Red Rope paper portfolio or handmade cardboard portfolio big enough (20x26”) for 18x24” drawing pad and projects Cheap, clear triangle, not too small, such as a 30/60/90, 8” OR 45/45/90, 8” Exacto pen with blade Rubber cement, such as 4 oz. with brush Tracing paper (such as Hytone parchment 100), 14x17” White vinyl/plastic eraser, such as Mars Staedtler India Ink, black, waterproof, (such as Higgins, 1 fl. Oz.- does NOT have to be fadeproof) Nylon pen (black-fine point .005 or .20MM), such as Micron Binder Clips, such as Bulldog clips (2 of the approximately 2” or 3”size for example) Masking Tape, ½”, the cheap kind (drafting tape is NOT necessary) Strathmore Drawing Pad (Series 400) 18x24” or similar smooth surface type – top bound, white or cream Ruler 12” or 18”, cork back works best, but not necessary Palette Kit #1013 or similar (plastic palette, 9 ¾” x 13 ½”, for watercolors, large mixing area, 20 tubs/wells, lid, storage) The following items are prepaid with your registration fee and will be provided to you in class by the professor: *Graphite 6B pencil *Charcoal 6B pencil *Sabelline brush (Round, size 4) Artificial, synthetic sabelline (at least one, students may find 2-3 helpful) Designer Colors Gouache, Windsor/Newton: Ivory Black, Zinc White, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cobalt blue, Magenta red (14ml) *TBA, items may need to be purchased and added to kit If you desire, you may assemble supplies from other merchants such as Hobby Lobby, MJDesigns, Michaels, Sav On Office, Office Depot, Office Max. For those of you continuing to take art classes, you should also consider the following online suppliers (allow 5-7 days shipping) www.dickblick.com www.danielsmith.com www.utrecht.com www.pearlpaint.com www.cheapjoes.com

Tady Design UTD 4 of 4 Academic dishonesty: University policies regarding academic dishonesty are outlined in the university catalog website. Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and falsifying academic records. Office of Disability Services is ext. 6104. University policy regarding physically disabled students is outlined in the university catalog website. All new and returning students needing this service should contact Kerry Tate at 972-8832098 before classes begin each semester. University Closings: Information is immediately posted to the home page www.utdallas.edu Religious Holy Days: Students must notify the instructor in the first two weeks of school that he or she will be absent from class on upcoming discussed days. The student will work with the professor to keep up with the class in a timely manner. I abide by university policy. Academic Calendar, online: see holidays and other deadlines. Notes:

Please read your syllabus and ask questions in the first two weeks of school. Please keep this copy and cut and return the bottom to me as requested (by the second or third class meeting). I, ____________________________________, (Print) ______________________________________, have read and understand the syllabus for the class Summer 2005, 2D Design/Tady.

- - - -- -- -- -- - -- -- -- -- - -- -- -- -- - -- -- -- -- - -- -- -- -- - -- -- -- -- - -- -- -- -- - -- -- -- -- - -- -- -I, ____________________________________, (Print) ______________________________________, have read and understand the syllabus for the class Summer 2005, 2D Design/Tady.