ART 115 : Basic Design: 2-D

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Basic Design: 2-D



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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.

Learning outcomes

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
and reviews.
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.

Content outline

Beginning concepts and terms
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.
Gestalt relationships of parts
Fibonacci composition
Spatial effects and distal cues
Picture plane
Illusion of space
Shape to form
Tonal progressions
Radial composition
Compositional structures
Line weight
Communication with elements
Illusion of transparency
Boundaries of shapes
Intuitive design
Spatial composition
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

  • Discipline Studies/Arts and Letters

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