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Course Number:
ART 218A
Course Title:
Calligraphy I: Roman Capitals and Humanist Bookhand
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
20
Lecture/Lab Hours:
40
Lab Hours:
0

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 Roman Capitals and Humanist Bookhand scripts. ART 218A, ART 218B and ART 218C may be taken in any order. Recommended: (RD 115 and WR 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Use an understanding of Roman Capitals and Humanist Bookhand calligraphy as a lens through which to observe hand lettering as a fine and graphic art.
  • Critically evaluate the art of handwritten letters.
  • Identify differences between historical styles of the Roman Capitals and Humanist Bookhand calligraphy, with an awareness of the social and historical context in which they were developed.
  • Create works of calligraphy that demonstrate introductory level skills in Roman Capitals and Humanist Bookhand calligraphy using a variety of lettering tools, materials and techniques.
  • Explain the evolution in letter shape and structure due to the influence of writing tools and culture.
  • Apply basic vocabulary necessary to discuss the formal, conceptual, historic and technical aspects of Roman Capitals and Humanist Bookhand calligraphy.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

The study of Visual Arts is essential to the development of the individual and one’s meaningful participation in society. At the heart of artistic practice is the ability to organize experience and recognize its meaning. The creation of artwork and appreciation of aesthetics is a source of great pleasure and also a valuable means to effective visual communication. Participating in Visual Arts is an important way for individuals to connect to the past and respond to the present with a stronger sense of engagement with culture and society.

Course Activities and Design

Course Activities and Design

  • Create works of calligraphy that concentrate on the Roman Capital and Humanist Bookhand letterforms with an awareness of the inherent characteristics of the forms.
  • Generate ideas/concepts with an awareness of the intended content of the work produced.
  • Develop a skill set centered on working towards technical proficiency in Roman Capital and Humanist Bookhand.
  • 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 Roman Capital and Humanist Bookhand and other letterforms.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Participate in, and contribute to, class discussions and studio work sessions using appropriate vocabulary.

·      Develop conceptual ideas relating to Roman Capitals and Humanist Bookhand calligraphy through creative research and preparatory studies.

·      Create several original artworks (e.g. handmade book, broadside) in Roman Capitals and Humanist Bookhand demonstrating basic technical proficiency.

·      Write short paper(s) to address aspects of Roman Capitals and/or Humanist Bookhand with respect to standards and practices, self-assessment of work and cultural context.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes:

  • Craft in art as relates to Roman Capital and Humanist Bookhand calligraphy.
  • Idea and design using text and handwritten letters.

Concepts:

·      Two-dimensional design concepts as they relate to fine art, graphic design and book design.

·      The role of 2D design in calligraphy, and letterforms' role in graphic design.

·      Typeface design, and its roots in and relationship to evolved historical Roman Capital and Humanist Bookhand letterforms.

Issues

  • Tradition and personal expression
  • Letter formation and structure and its relation to writing technology and culture

Skills:

  • Application of calligraphic ideas relating to Roman Capital and Humanist Bookhand letterforms, with awareness of historical and cultural contexts.
  • Critical analysis of Roman Capital and Humanist Bookhand letterforms.
  • Technical skill in writing Roman Capital and Humanist Bookhand letterforms using appropriate materials and techniques.
  • Apply basic vocabulary to discuss the formal, conceptual, historic and technical aspects of these letterforms.
  • Assemble an appropriately designed, well-crafted final project using Roman Capital and Humanist Bookhand letterforms demonstrating a basic skill level.