ART 115 : Basic Design: 2-D

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Basic Design: 2-D



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Introduces concepts and principles of visual language and basic design in 2-dimensions. Through hands-on projects and activities, students apply the Visual Elements of Art and Principles of Design to communicate ideas and solve problems in black and white compositions. Emphasizes critical thinking and creative problem solving in a variety of 2-dimensional artistic media.

Learning outcomes

1. Use of 2-dimensional design as a form of visual communication.
2. Articulate 2-dimensional design concepts in writing and speech, including the use of discipline-specific visual arts vocabulary.
3. Apply the Visual Elements of Art and Principles of Design in the creation of 2-dimensional black and white compositions in a variety of artistic media.
4. Creatively solve design problems through the processes of risk-taking, experimentation, drafting, and re-drafting.
5. Observe, interpret, and critically analyze 2-dimensional design compositions.
6. Contextualize work produced for this course within the historical and cultural traditions of 2-dimensional design.

Content outline

• Beginning concepts and terms
• Shapes
• Positive and negative space
• Line variation
• Asymmetrical composition
• Balancing values
• Leading the eye
• Value assignments
• Gray scale
• Painting in grays
• Value-shapes and value gradations
• Value proportions
• Balance
• Organization
• Proportion
• Rhythm
• Repetition
• Gestalt relationships of parts
• Fibonacci composition
• Spatial effects and distal cues
• Picture plane
• Illusion of space
• Shape to form
• Tonal progressions
• Radial composition
• Texture
• Frottage
• Pattern
• Repetition
• Compositional structures
• Line weight
• Unity/variety
• Emphasis
• Communication with elements
• Illusion of transparency
• Boundaries of shapes
• Intuitive design
• Spatial composition
• Editing
• Building unity

Required materials

Students will need to provide specific materials used in this course, please see the syllabus for a detailed list.

Grading methods

Grading will be based on participation in labs, discussions and critiques of completed assignments and the development of techniques and ideas demonstrated in portfolio reviews.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Arts and Letters

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