Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ART 218C
Course Title:
Calligraphy I - Carolingian and Uncial Alphabets
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Course Description

Covers 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 Carolingian and Uncial alphabets. ART 218A, ART 218B and ART 218C may be taken in any order. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

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 Carolingian and Uncial alphabets, 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 Carolingian and Uncial alphabets.

Course Activities and Design

1) Create works of calligraphy that concentrate on Carolingian and Uncial alphabets(majuscule and miniscule) with an awareness of the inherent characteristics of theletterforms.2) Generate ideas/concepts with an awareness of the intended content of the work produced.3) Develop a skill set centered on working towards technical proficiency.4) Utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to calligraphy when participating in class critiquesand discussions.5) Begin to assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.6) Begin to develop personal work with an awareness of historical and contemporary artistsworking 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)

1. The historical development of the Latin Uncial alphabet (400?600 AD) andCarolingian alphabet (800 AD) and their use in manuscripts from the Dark Agesthrough the early Middle Ages and Renaissance.2. Application, interpretation and redefinition of calligraphic ideas, drawing onhistorical and cultural contexts, while exploring personal expression and creativelimits.3. Demonstration and critical analysis of handwritten letterforms, consideringlegibility, harmony of form and technical skill in writing.4. Art materials appropriate for calligraphy.5. Techniques employed in the lettering arts, including stenciling, paper embossing,color media, etc.6. The role of two?dimensional design concepts in calligraphy as they relate to fine art,graphic design and book design.7. The value of craft in art?making.8. Exploration of the relationship between form and content, and of how to synthesizeidea and image using text and handwritten letters.9. Discussion of typeface design, and its roots in and relationship to evolvedhistorical letterforms studied in class.Competencies and Skills:1. Demonstrate skill in the use of broad?edged metal nibs, materials and techniquesand write a historic script.2. Recognize and appraise the evolution in letter shape and structure due to theinfluence of writing tools and culture.3. Trace the development of the 26?letter Western alphabet (also known as theRoman Alphabet) during a particular period.4. Apply basic vocabulary necessary to discuss the formal, conceptual, historic andtechnical aspects of calligraphy.5. Examine the functions of different letterforms, currently as well as historically.6.Discriminate between various writing styles.7. Make technically proficient and creatively expressive works of calligraphy8. Assemble an appropriately designed, well?crafted final project which could include abook structure, broadside, or other work of art that incorporates the calligraphystudied that term.9. Transfer to a four?year college and continue a course of study in the field of fineart, graphic design or art history.