ART 116 : Basic Design: Color

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Basic Design: Color



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

Learning outcomes

1. Use color and design as a form of visual communication.
2. Apply concepts and principles of Color Theory to solve design problems and create original compositions in a variety of media.
3. Creatively solve color-based design problems through the processes of risk-taking, experimentation, drafting, and re-drafting.
4. Observe, interpret, and critically analyze color-based design compositions.
5. Articulate concepts and principles of Color Theory in writing and speech, including the use of discipline-specific visual arts vocabulary.
6. Engage in individual and group critiques, analyzing and critically assessing work, receiving and providing feedback, and stimulating peer discussion.
7. Contextualize the evolution of Color Theory within art historical tradition.

Content outline

• Visual spectrum
• Additive and subtractive color
• Primary triad
• Complementary color hue
• Value
• Intensity
• Saturation
• Tinting and shading
• Monochrome
• Color temperatures
• Soft edges
• Gradations
• Color symbolism
• Color harmony
• Color proportions

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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