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Course Number:
ART 220A
Course Title:
Calligraphy II: Roman Capitals and Humanist Bookhand
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
20
Lecture/Lab Hours:
40
Lab Hours:
0

Course Description

Reviews the calligraphic scripts studied in the ART 218 sequence and refines the letterforms. Covers complex layout and design issues. Develops intermediate techniques to develop personal aesthetic and vision relating to Roman Capital and Humanist scripts. Includes a focus on design issues found at the intermediate level. ART 220A, ART 220B, and ART 220C may be taken in any order. Prerequisites: ART 218A or instructor permission. 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 intermediate-level understanding of Roman Capital and Humanist Book Hand calligraphy as a lens through which to observe hand lettering as a fine and graphic art.
  • Evaluate with deeper critical understanding the art of handwritten letters.
  • Communicate in critical conversations about the aesthetics of calligraphy and the cultural, social, technological and historical contexts in which Roman Capital and Humanist Book Hand were developed.
  • Solve aesthetic and material problems to create works of calligraphy that demonstrate an intermediate-level of skill in Roman Capitals and Humanist Book Hand lettering and personal expression using intermediate tools and techniques relating to standards and practices of calligraphy.
  • Discuss the formal, conceptual, historic and technical aspects of Roman Capitals and Humanist Book Hand calligraphy using appropriate vocabulary.

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

  • Create intermediate works of calligraphy using Roman Capital and Humanist Book Hand 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 intermediate technical proficiency in Roman Capital and Humanist Book Hand letterforms.
  • Utilize intermediate vocabulary specific to calligraphy when participating in class critiques and discussions.
  • Assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.
  • Develop personal work with an awareness of historical and contemporary artists working in Roman Capital, Humanist Book Hand, and other letterforms.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Develop conceptual ideas through creative research and preparatory studies.
  • Create several original artworks demonstrating intermediate technical proficiency in Roman Capitals and Humanist Book Hand calligraphy.
  • Write short paper(s) to address aspects of Roman Capitals and/or Humanist Book Hand (including relationship of form to content, history and development, self-assessment of work, self-reflection and personal expression, and critical responses).
  • Participate in, and contribute to, class discussions and critiques.
  • The above are assessed on the basis of clarity of visual or written thought and ability to demonstrate understanding of how calligraphy within this tradition creates meaning.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes:

  • The value of craft in art-making
  • The relationship between 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 the role of letterforms in graphic design.
  • Typeface design, and its roots in and relationship to evolved historical Roman Capital and Humanist Book Hand letterforms.

Issues

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

Skills:

  • Application of intermediate calligraphic ideas relating to Roman Capital and Humanist Book Hand letterforms, with awareness of historical and cultural contexts.
  • Critical analysis of Roman Capital and Humanist Book Hand letterforms using intermediate vocabulary
  • Intermediate technical skill in writing Roman Capital and Humanist Book Hand letterforms using appropriate materials and techniques.
  • Apply intermediate 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 Book Hand letterforms demonstrating an intermediate skill level.