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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for ART 116 Effective Summer 2021

Course Number:
ART 116
Course Title:
Basic Design - Color Foundations
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Course Description

Introduces color foundations studio experience centered on creative problem solving. Develops perceptual awareness and understanding. Establishes critical skills and personal artistic vision. Investigates a broad range of materials, techniques and projects to explore color design concepts with reference to historical and contemporary perspectives. Basic Design series 115, 116, 117 and 119 may be taken in any sequence. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Course may include demonstrations, slides, lectures, films, and field trips. College level reading comprehension is necessary. ART 116 fulfills Arts and Letters requirements for block transfer and PCC graduation.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  1. See and apply color, design and sources of color and design with increasing perceptual awareness and understanding in daily living.
  2. Create personally significant works of design applying basic design/color concepts and techniques.
  3. Assess, evaluate, appreciate and respect design work.
  4. Develop creative solutions to color 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 color/design solutions: from design concept through process to self-reflection and evaluation.
  • Observe and demonstrate understanding of the effect of color; its properties and relationships, of visual elements and art principles evidenced through the design process which may include journals, tests, presentations, preliminary studies, design projects, writing assignments.
  • Demonstrate increasing technical skill and innovation in the application of color and the design process.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Art Elements may include Line, Shape, Value, Light, Texture/Surface, Color, Space, Form, Spatial Illusion
Unifying/Organizing Art Principles may include Harmony/Chaos, Variety/Boredom, Repetition, Rhythm, Balance, Emphasis and Economy, Proportion, Randomness, Composition/Design

  1. Demonstrate increasing technical skill using and comparing two-dimensional color art media that may include collage, paint, drawing, computer tools, etc.
  2. Define the Color/Light spectrum, observing the physical differences between additive color and subtractive color.
  • Explore the physical properties; hue, value, intensity and temperature, of color:Define and apply Hue. Create a 12-step Color Wheel demonstrating relationships of:
  • Primary colors
  • Secondary colors
  • Intermediate colors
  • Tertiary colors
  • Define and apply Value.
  • Create a ten-step scale gray-scale (value-scale) including black and white.
  • Create tints, shades and tones of colors in relation to the gray scale.
  • Identify effects of value change on color intensity.
  • Relate value to High Key and Low Key palettes.
  • Define and apply Intensity/Neutral properties.
  • Mix and examine complementary color relationships.
  • Mix color to neutralize.
  • Observe Color Temperature.
  • Examine cool-warm contrasts and perceptual and psychological effects.

        4.  Explore the perception of color, color relationships and interaction.

  • Discover the phenomenon of after-image.
  • Explore simultaneous contrast of color.
  • Understand how we see color.
  • Explore the psychological effects of color.

        5.  Recognize and apply color relationships in design composition and design analysis.

  • Explore and analyze the subjective and objective application of color in design.
  • Observe and demonstrate the effect of color to imply space.
  • Explore transparency as a compositional device.
  • Discover the relation of color to shape.
  • Explore color dominance and weight.
  • Manipulate color to achieve the effects of visual movement. Become aware of expressive uses of color.

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