VAFA104 2-D Design Color

Department of The Arts: Visual Arts

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA104 2-D Design Color
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better) and VAFA101 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
In addition to class studio time, students work five hours outside of class each week. Students are required to invest at least $200.00 to purchase materials and supplies in addition to a course textbook.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students learn basic color concepts including theory, perception, chromatic relationships, phenomena, terminology, physics, psychology and harmony. Projects emphasize perception, creativity, conceptualization, problem-solving, skill-building, expression, execution, teamwork, research techniques, and presentation. Work in paper and pigment serves as the basis for learning the principles of color.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. apply and utilize the basic elements and principles of color theory, including the interaction of color, color physics, color perception, color psychology, and harmony for solving fine art and design-based assignments;
    2. explore, practice, and develop the ability to visually distinguish various aspects of color phenomena in paper and pigment through applied exercises, including simultaneous and successive contrast, optical mixtures, transparency, subtractive and additive mixtures, contrast in color, middle mixtures, quantity, as well as vanishing and vibrating colors;
    3. expand critical and self-assessment skills, including learning how to apply color and design vocabulary to assess the strength of individual visual solutions through analysis and evaluation;
    4. demonstrate a basic comprehension of art and design history, and the impact of science as it relates to color theory and utilize this for design solutions;
    5. identify important practitioners color theory and significant, related artistic movements;
    6. investigate and discuss the psychological impact and influence of color while learning and practicing techniques for generating multiple color solutions to assignments; and
    7. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. investigate the material characteristics of color in paper and pigment;
    2. recognize the basic structure of color (i.e., hue, intensity, and saturation);
    3. prepare a color journal demonstrating an understanding of color concepts and the development process from initial concept to the final product for all assignments;
    4. explore the process and conceptual basis of abstraction;
    5. develop and demonstrate sensitivity to color phenomena;
    6. apply spatial relationships as they relate to color (i.e., warm colors, cool colors, and the illusion that they are advancing and/or receding);
    7. discuss the basic physics of color and light (i.e., the spectrum, photons, and waves);
    8. discuss the basic physiology of vision (i.e., the structure of the eye and color blindness);
    9. define illusion and explain how it is created in color and form;
    10. explore the psychological effects of color, emotion, and mood;
    11. explore the relationship of color to music;
    12. apply image research of world cultures as design and color resources;
    13. appraise how individual strengths can be recognized, developed and nurtured;
    14. apply experimentation, exploration, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis to a continuous process of discovering visual solutions, creating images, and improving skills;
    15. practice various sketchbook techniques for generating multiple and sequential visual approaches to solving assignments;
    16. examine studio working processes for color development and visual problem-solving, including color mixing techniques using acrylic paint;
    17. examine techniques for using colored paper and pigment to develop facility, sensitivity, and skills in representing ideas, expression, and observations;
    18. develop and practice cooperative working relationships within a group.
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed via group critiques of all projects, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of assigned projects.
    2. At least two individual critiques with the instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
    3. Students' portfolios and color journals are assessed on overall aesthetic quality and progress.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students access learning and resource materials through the Internet, as well as through printed sources, including magazines, periodical references, and a required text. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015