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2D Design Foundations 2380 Wednesdays 3:30-6:15 p.m. Room 1.


Instructor: Kace Davis

Objective: The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the elements and concepts of two-dimensional design. Familiarity with the terminology, concepts and basic materials utilized in the studio by visual artists will be explored. The major topics to be covered are: The Elements of Design: Line, Shape, Value, Texture, Perspective and Color. The Principles of Design: Balance, Emphasis, Variation, Proportion, and Rhythm Course Outline 8/24 Introduction 1. Individual goals and objectives 2. Grading criteria 3. Materials

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Slide lecture and discussions: Seeing a Visual Language; an Artists View. Discussion of assignment 1. Good & Bad Design. Find examples of what you think is a good design, and one that is a bad design from a magazine. You will cut and paste both examples into your sketch book. Read handout on line and visual elements. Then cut and paste examples of line types in sketch book as discussed in handout (thick, thin, flowing, electric, soft…..)

8/31 Review homework assignments 1-2. Slide lecture; Nine Visual Elements of Art. Handout for Museum Assignment; Visual Analysis. Due date: 11/23. To use as reference for paper on a work of art of your choice at the Dallas Museum of Art. (If late a letter grade off). Handout for assignment 3. Positive/Negative, Figure/Ground.Demostration in class. Proceed with 1-4 on handout. 9/7 Review homework assignment 3. Proceed with class work, assign. 4 designated on the handout. Materials and paint kits will be given out in class. 9/14 Work in progress—Positive/Negative Part 2: 1-5 class work on handout. Homework for assign. 5; find 3 or 4 black and white photos of faces in magazine 10”x 8” inches. The pic tures should have a strong value range from light to mid-grays to black. Bring to class; one will be used as reference on the next two assignments. 9/21 Slide lecture: Chuck Close and photo-realists or film. Review photo images of faces. Begin assignment like the Chuck Close grided head portrait using ink and line each corresponding square to create the same value and tonality as in the photo square. Pen and ink on an 18’ x 24’ inch matte board. Demonstration shown in class.


Work in progress

10/5 Work in progress. Last class to work on ink drawing, assignment 5. Homework assignment 6; cropped egg value drawing with handout. 10/12 Slide lecture: Color in Art. Assignment 7; Color Value Translation. Using previous black and white grided image translate into a monochromatic color scheme using color aid packs and hole punch. 10/19 Work in progress

10/26 Work in progress. Last class on assignment 7 and mount and seal on large sheet of bristle paper. Introduce next assignment 8: Pattern Progression Enlargement Painting. Slides and demo in class. Homework: Find 5 images to possible work from. 11/2 Review images for final assignment 8. Learn how to use opaque projectors to transpose image to 3 canvases. Begin assignment 8 using acrylic paint and an analogous color scheme or a variation that is close to make all three canvases function with unity and variety. 11/9 11/16 11/23 Work in progress Work in progress Last class to work on assignment 8. Turn in Visual Analysis Paper.

11/30 Last class Film Night or Final Exam??? (If visual terms are not apparent in class discussions) THE COURSE OUTLINE ABOVE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTOR.

Goals 1. Develop visual perceptio n along with verbal analysis of the visual elements such as line, shape, color…and their use in 2-D design. 2. Allow the student to experience art as a visual language and its ability to communicate without words. Give the student the understanding that “visual language”: is the look and feel of an item of design, created by elements such as color, shape, space, proportion, texture…it communicates on a level independent of the descriptive elements, literal or symbolic. It can express emotional messages to its audience and they feel something. 3. To explore various mediums and techniques developing skills in their use and creative problem solving.

4. Develop a broader understanding of art and design with its historical importance and contemporary concerns. Grading Criteria 1. Attendance. More then two absences affect your grade. Repeated tardiness also lowers grade. 2. Completion of 8 projects and Visual Analysis Paper. Each project receives a grade. 3. Critique sessions and group evaluations are like major tests. Attendance and participation are graded. 4. Slide lectures and demos in class that explain assignments are not repeated. Attendance important to grasp design objectives. 90% OF YOUR GRADE 5. 6. 7. 8. Class readings from text, and group discussions Creative problem solving; concept and application Quality and consistency Personal growth in the semester. You received a grade averaged in with the assignments 9. Attitude, enthusiasm, inquisitive mind 10. Additional work besides required assignments count as extra credit, as well as improve your skill and painting ability. Quality along with quantity is both factors in evaluating final grade. Design projects require time in execution Extra credit is not done the night before. 11. Library use: to research artists and movements to gain a greater visual and conceptual understanding. I am very impressed when I see you researching artists in this fashion. It affects your grade. 12. Portfolio; Turn in all assignments, Sketchbook and completed work last class day. 10% ADDITIONAL GRADE AN A STUDENT: works in an exemplary manner throughout the semester being focused in creative problem solving and its application in a visual way in regards to each assignment or personal deve lopment of their own work. Also, research of artists that are applicable to their work and going beyond the required assignments, often in the form of an extra painting, paper, trip to a museum or research in books and art magazines. (In the library they have Art in America, Artforum and Art News).

COURSE FEE; each student pays $75.00. $15 goes to pay for a variety of classroom upkeeps such as easel and table repair, paper towels, water usage at sinks and turpentine recycling. The other $60.00 will be used in purchasing MOST of your art supplies but you may have to buy some things as well.

CELL PHONE POLICY; Voice stream somewhere else. Or let phone record the message. In other words cut off phone in class!!!!!!!!!!! ROOM POLICY; Clean up after yourself. I am not your mother or your personal janitor. Please have courtesy for your fellow students that you share the room with. Other classes use theses facilities besides you. Painting can be messy. Just clean up after yourself or it can also affect your grade if you continuously leave your mess behind!!! ACADEMIC DISHONESTY; any cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and falsifying record can result in failing the course. In other words it is ok to receive small amounts of help but paint your own painting. INCOMPLETES ; Student must have completed 70% of coursework and must have a reasonable expectation of completing the course in the specific time period. DISABLED STUDENTS ; policy is outlined in detail on the website and the university catalog. Call Office of Disability Services ext. 6104