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CCOG for ART 219A Spring 2023

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Course Number:
ART 219A
Course Title:
Hand Lettering: Monoline Techniques
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Course Description

Investigates several styles of hand lettering as a vehicle for artistic expression through the use of monoline tools and styles of writing. Develops a familiarity with creating and using a variety of scripts using a variety of tools. Establishes a facility and understanding of the components of hand written scripts with a focus on monoline techniques. Recommended: (RD 115 and WR 115) or IRW 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Evaluate monoline hand lettering as a fine and graphic art using a basic vocabulary.
  • Communicate in critical conversations about the aesthetics of hand lettering art and the cultural, social, technological and historical contexts in which monoline hand lettering was developed.
  • Solve aesthetic and material problems to create works of hand lettering that demonstrate a basic level of skill in monoline lettering using tools and techniques relating to standards and practices of calligraphy and hand lettering.

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

  • Generate ideas/concepts with an awareness of the intended content of the work produced.
  • Explore multiple lettering styles and writing tools including but not limited to basic monoline lettering styles and layout techniques.
  • Develop a skill set centered on working towards basic technical proficiency in monoline hand lettering using a variety of media, substrate and monoline lettering styles.
  • Utilize basic vocabulary specific to calligraphy and hand lettering 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 monoline and other related letterforms.
  • Explore direct somatic experience of typography to broaden understanding of lettering beyond computer technology.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Participate in, and contribute to, class discussions and studio work sessions.
  • Develop conceptual ideas relating to monoline handwriting through the practice of creative research and preparatory sketches and finished works.
  • Write short paper(s) to address aspects of monoline script form in terms of content, history and development, self-assessment of work, self-reflection and critical responses.
  • The above are assessed on the basis of clarity of visual or written thought and ability to demonstrate basic understanding of how calligraphy and hand lettering within this tradition creates meaning.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Design in hand lettering and art-making
  • Relationship of form to content


  • Design and visual layout
  • Text and visual composition/comprehension


  • Personal expression and clarity
  • Functions of different letterforms as content
  • Relationship of monoline tool choices to content


·      Use of a variety of traditional monoline lettering tools and techniques

·      Recognize and demonstrate well-formed letters

·      Apply basic vocabulary for critical thinking and self-assessment

·      Discriminate between various writing styles and their application to content