ART 115 : Basic Design: 2-D
Basic Design: 2-D
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
Provides an introduction to visual language and the basic elements of design. Basic Design 2D employs design elements and principles of organization to communicate visual ideas in black and white. 2-D composition, structure, visual balance and rhythm, unity and emphasis along with the elements of point, line, plane, texture, form and space, value, and their interactions are explored through hands on projects and activities.
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Elements and Principles of Design, and successfully apply Principles of Composition to artwork.
2. Understand the basic visual forces that can be used to achieve a composition.
3. Appreciate the value of visual thinking and communication.
4. Demonstrate the ability to utilize terminology and concepts of the discipline, orally and in writing.
5. Develop habits for using studio time most effectively.
6. Experience the process of artistic creation, including the use of intuition in making aesthetic decisions.
7. Demonstrate the creative process of risk-taking, multiple attempts (drafting/redrafting), discovery, and experimentation
8. Explain analyze, and critically assess their work, and the work of others through in-class discussions
9. Locate work produced for the course within the historical and cultural traditions of 2-dimensional art.
10. Demonstrate increased perception of design concepts and improved design skills.
11. Learn to be open to unscheduled learning outcomes.
Beginning concepts and terms
Positive and negative space
Leading the eye
Painting in grays
Value-shapes and value gradations
Gestalt relationships of parts
Spatial effects and distal cues
Illusion of space
Shape to form
Communication with elements
Illusion of transparency
Boundaries of shapes
Students will need to provide specific materials used in this course, please see the syllabus for a detailed list.
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
- Discipline Studies/Arts and Letters