ARTS 140 - Two-Dimensional Design & Color
3 Credit: (2 lecture, 2 lab, 0 clinical) 4 Contact Hours: [ARTS 120 or CMIS 161 ]
This is an introductory course in which students develop a sense of design and color as it relates to graphic design and fine art. After learning the elements and principles of 2-D design, students are introduced to color theory as it applies to design. Students learn to use effective design and color knowledge in formulating a composition. Projects may be produced either by hand art working methods or by computer program, though computer process is not taught in class. This course is applicable for students interested in pursuing either fine arts or computer graphics/web design degrees.
OFFERED: as needed
Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1: Examine the abstract language and design principles in a composition.
- Differentiate the Gestalt principles within a composition.
- Discover grid as a tool to transfer and a means of alteration/to enhance awareness of proportion and scale.
- Explore methods of plastic space in an organized composition while building greater awareness of the relationship between the picture plane and illusory space.
Goal 2: Demonstrate artistic principles.
- Demonstrate transformation by showing a slow change through one physical shape/form or condition.
- Demonstrate the principles of abstraction to validate the underlying abstract structure of representational art.
- Appraise their own work as well as others through oral and written communications.
Goal 3: Demonstrate principles of color.
- Isolate physical and psychological aspects of color through comparative studies.
- Test value changes with chromatic light and shadow.
- Compose a relative contrast system in an “alternate value-sequencing chart”.
- Apply the Munsell mixing system to designs.
- Layout color relationships using “color as value”.
Goal 4: Create a final color design matted and labeled on display in a student exhibition.
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