CCOG for ART 117 Summer 2024

Course Number:
ART 117
Course Title:
Basic Design: 3D Foundations
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Course Description

Introduces foundational three-dimensional aesthetic knowledge and skills. Investigates a broad range of techniques, materials and dimensional construction strategies. Explores design concepts through creative problem solving with consideration to historical and contemporary perspectives. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Basic Design series ART 115, 116, 117 and 119 may be taken in any sequence.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Solve aesthetic and material problems through appropriate use of the Principles and Elements of Design.
  2. Express connections to personal and cultural experience through three dimensional making.
  3. Assess the value and quality of personal work in relation to the practices and standards of design.
  4. Communicate through design vocabulary in order to engage in critical conversations about art and design.
  5. Manage time and production processes efficiently and with consideration for the environment and community impact.

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

Primary course activities include: Technical and material demonstrations, lectures, group critique and one-on-one feedback and instruction.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Create appropriately crafted, challenging solutions to assigned projects.
  • Develop ideas through creative research and preparatory studies.
  • Evaluate design through written responses to artwork.
  • Demonstrate consideration for responsible making (i.e. safe use of tools, equipment, and PPE, respect for the classroom community, studio and environment).
  • Participate in all class critiques and discussions.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Visual Literacy
  • Contextual Awareness


  • Elements and Principles of Design
    • Elements- Line, Plane, Mass, Volume, Space (positive and negative), Shape, Value, Texture, Color
    • Principles- Unity/Harmony, Contrast/Variety, Rhythm/Repetition, Emphasis, Visual Balance (symmetry and asymmetry), Proportion, Scale
  • Stages of Dimensionality (Relief, Frontal, In-the-round, Immersive)
  • Content and Meaning
  • Craft, Technique and Material choices


  • Compositional Strategies and Concerns
  • Process and material limitations and possibilities
  • Understanding of aesthetic choices in relation to artistic intent
  • Presentation and Display Strategies


  • Proficiency with Elements and Principles of Design
  • Applicable understanding of Form, Volume and Negative Space
  • Applicable understanding of the qualities of Form (e.g. organic, geometric, open, closed, curvilinear, angular, representational, abstract, non-objective, etc.)
  • Applicable understanding of Proportion and Scale
  • Applicable understanding Symmetry and Asymmetry
  • Planar Construction Strategies
  • Linear Construction Strategies
  • Additive Construction Strategies
  • Subtractive Strategies
  • Joining and Adhesives
  • Measurement and Material Considerations
  • Ideation Strategies (models, diagrams, etc.)
  • Presentation and display strategies
  • Critique and self-reflection strategies