Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ART 117
Course Title:
Basic Design - 3D Foundations
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Course Description

Explores ways of seeing and creating work that acknowledges personal artistic intentions. Examines various 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D media and processes used to develop and encourage creative problem solving. Establishes critical skills necessary to evaluate art through critiques, discussions, and artistic presentation. Investigates artistic intent, aesthetic and structural solutions, and perceptual awareness. Recommended: an introduction to art, art history or a sense of curiosity and a willingness to experiment. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Course may include demonstrations, slides, lectures, films, and field trips. College level reading comprehension is necessary. Art 117 fulfills Arts and Letters requirements for block transfer and PCC graduation.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  1. See three-dimensional design and sources of design with perceptual awareness and understanding in daily living.
  2. Create personally significant works of design.
  3. Assess, evaluate, appreciate and respect design work.
  4. Develop creative solutions to three-dimensional design problems.
  5. Handle art materials with environmental awareness and responsibility.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will:

  • Participate in studio work sessions, class discussions and critiques.
  • Create original three-dimensional design solutions: from design concept through process to self-reflection and evaluation.
  • Observe and demonstrate understanding of visual elements and art principles evidenced through the design process, which may include journals, tests, presentations, preliminary studies, design projects, and/or writing assignments.
  • Demonstrate increasing technical skill and innovation in the application of the design process.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Experience three-dimensionality through perceptual and physical experience.
  • Differentiate the personal experience of the original form from its reproduction.
  • Experience the relief, the one-sided work, the full round, the walk-through space, and the kinetic.
  • Identify ways to involve the audience.

        2.  Working in the Round.
             Identify practical issues of making a three-dimensional work.

  • Define planning, cost issues and audience influences.
  • Observe and experience effects of gravity, location/setting, and scale.
  • Distinguish issues of form and function.
  • Recognize the nature and integrity of materials.

        3.  Elements and Principles of Three-Dimensional Design
             Demonstrate use and understanding of basic formal design concepts as they apply to three-dimensional forms.
            Art Elements: may include Line, Texture - Tactile, Color, Space, Form, Light ¿ Value, Time, Sound, Smell, Taste
Unifying/Organizing Art Principles: Harmony/Chaos, Variety/Boredom, Repetition, Rhythm, Balance, Emphasis and Economy, Proportion, Randomness

  • Define form as it applies to three-dimensional design, such as:
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Positive/Negative
  • Static/Dynamic
  • Flat/Volumetric
  • Representational, Abstract or Non-objective
  • Observe, recognize and employ use of line, actual and implied, planes, mass and volume to three-dimensional design.
  • Practice varied treatments of space.
  • Manipulate textured surfaces.
  • Examine light and value.
  • Explore applications of time and movement.
  • Apply color as a spatial and psychological factor.

         4.  Construction Media and Methods

  • Demonstrate understanding of three-dimensional art media that may include clay, wood, metals, wire, plaster, found objects, space, etc.
  • Practice increasing technical skills using sculptural construction techniques that may include: Addition, Manipulation, Subtraction, Casting.

        5.  Discuss an understanding of historical and contemporary perspectives in the use of three-dimensional visual elements and art                  principles and their relationship to content and manifestation of ideas.