Course Content and Outcome Guide for ART 220
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- ART 220
- Course Title:
- Advanced Lettering and Seminar
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Course DescriptionAdvanced Lettering and Seminar Basic calligraphic scripts studied in ART 218 are reviewed and a variety of additional styles studied. Layout and design principles are presented, and students work through the process of designing and completing both broadsides and commercial kinds of work. Students study the lettering techniques and shop practices necessary for actual production of calligraphic and drawn letters on a commercial basis. Work involves problem-solving activities the professional calligrapher is likely to encounter on the job. May be taken three times for credit.
Addendum to Course Description
Prerequisite: two terms of Art 218. Art 220 fulfills Arts and Letters requirements for Gen. Ed., block transfer and PCC graduation.
Intended Outcomes for the course
The student will:
- experience an enhanced visual awareness of calligraphy as a fine and graphic art.
- evaluate critically, appreciate, assess and respect hand-written letters.
- recognize differences between historical styles of calligraphy, and be aware of aspects of the social and historical context in which they were developed.
- apply calligraphic skill and knowledge of design and reproduction methods to a variety of commercial applications.
- create personally significant works of 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).
- plan and create calligraphic pieces in response to a stated assignment, and write an Artist Statement to reflect the artwork. The Artist Statement includes a description of the creative process involved in the piece.
- design "camera-ready" calligraphic pieces.
- prepare a research paper on a topic that reflects the historical context of the currently studied script.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- The historical development of the Roman alphabet, including the influence of both cultural and technological factors on the development of letter styles.
- The historical development of the Carolingian and uncial alphabet styles in the Middle Ages, and their use in medieval illuminated manuscripts.
- Application, interpretation and redefinition of calligraphic ideas, drawing on historical and cultural contexts, while exploring personal expression and creative limits.
- The role of 2D design in calligraphy, and letterforms' role in graphic design.
- 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 gilding, illumination, rubrication, and pen-making (quill and reed).
- Two-dimensional design concepts 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.
- Strategies for developing ideas.
- Strategies for problem solving in page layout and composition.
The successful student should be able to:
- demonstrate skill in the use of a variety of lettering tools, materials and techniques.
- write several historic scripts and contemporary variations, which may include the following: Roman majuscules, brush-written rustics, uncial, italic, Humanist Bookhand, Lombardic and Carolingian versals, Gothic Blackletter, Gothicized Italic, Modern Foundational and Neuland.
- recognize and appraise the evolution in letter shape and structure due to the influence of writing tools and culture.
- trace the development of the Roman alphabet during a particular period.
- apply 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 interesting, challenging, expressive, appropriately crafted works of calligraphy.
- produce "camera-ready" calligraphy for a variety of print technologies.
- transfer to a four-year college and continue a course of study in the field of fine art, graphic design or art history.