- Course Number:
- ART 218B
- Course Title:
- Calligraphy I - Italic Alphabet
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Course DescriptionCovers beginning practical and creative uses of calligraphy, lettering principles, techniques and functions. Includes the traditions and historical development of letters with a focus on the Italic alphabet. ART218A, ART218B and ART218C may be taken in any order. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Students will endeavor to do the following:
- Use an understanding of calligraphy as a lens through which to observe hand lettering as a fine and graphic art.
- Evaluate critically, appreciate, assess and respect the art of handwritten letters.
- Recognize differences between historical styles of the Italic alphabet, with an awareness of the social and historical context in which they were developed.
- Create personally significant works of calligraphy that demonstrate an introductory level of skill in the Italic alphabet.
Course Activities and Design
- Create works of calligraphy that concentrate on the Italic alphabet (majuscule and miniscule) with an awareness of the inherent characteristics of the letterforms.
- Generate ideas/concepts with an awareness of the intended content of the work produced.
- Develop a skill set centered on working towards technical proficiency.
- Utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to calligraphy when participating in class critiques and discussions.
- Begin to assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.
- Begin to develop personal work with an awareness of historical and contemporary artists working in calligraphy.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Participate in, and contribute to, class discussions and studio work sessions.
- Develop conceptual ideas through the practice of creative research and preparatory studies (i.e., sketches, drafts, mock?ups, dummies).
- Create an original artwork (i.e., handmade book, broadside, camera?ready art for reproduction) for the final project and present an oral presentation that includes a description of the process involved in making the work.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- The historical development of Italic alphabet (1450 AD), and its use in manuscripts from the Dark Ages through the early Middle Ages and Renaissance.
- Application, interpretation and redefinition of calligraphic ideas, drawing on historical and cultural contexts, while exploring personal expression and creative limits.
- Demonstration and critical analysis of handwritten letterforms, considering legibility, harmony of form and technical skill in writing.
- Art materials appropriate for calligraphy.
- Techniques employed in the lettering arts, including stenciling, paper embossing, color media, etc.
- The role of two?dimensional design concepts in calligraphy as they relate to fine art, graphic design and book design.
- The value of craft in art?making.
- Exploration of the relationship between form and content, and of how to synthesize idea and image using text and handwritten letters.
- Discussion of typeface design, and its roots in and relationship to evolved historical letterforms studied in class.
Competencies and Skills:
- Demonstrate skill in the use of broad?edged metal nibs, materials and techniques and write a historic script.
- Recognize and appraise the evolution in letter shape and structure due to the influence of writing tools and culture.
- Trace the development of the 26?letter Western alphabet (also known as the Roman Alphabet) during a particular period.
- Apply basic vocabulary necessary to discuss the formal, conceptual, historic and technical aspects of calligraphy.
- Examine the functions of different letterforms, currently as well as historically.
- Discriminate between various writing styles.
- Make technically proficient and creatively expressive works of calligraphy
- Assemble an appropriately designed, well?crafted final project which could include a book structure, broadside, or other work of art that incorporates the calligraphy studied that term.
- Transfer to a four?year college and continue a course of study in the field of fine art, graphic design or art history.