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Course Syllabus

Course: ART 1040

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Visual Art
Title: 2D Studio Art (non-majors) (formerly Art Studio Practices-2D)

Semester Approved: Summer 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2022
End Semester: Summer 2023

Catalog Description: This general education course is designed for non-art major students who wish to expand their creative ability, sensibility, and vocabulary in the visual arts. Course content will introduce students to the visual language through lectures and discussion of history, theory, and criticism with an emphasis on the creation of art through a series of hands-on studio projects. Students will be exposed to studio practices in various types of two-dimensional media, including, but not limited to, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and digital media. A lab fee is required.

General Education Requirements: Fine Arts (FA)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 2; Lab: 2

Prerequisites: none

Justification: This hands-on introduction to the visual language creates an alternative offering to the lecture-based ART 1010 Introduction to the Visual Arts. Content is aligned to provide each student with a theoretic knowledge and practical application within various two-dimensional visual arts disciplines and mediums. This course exists in a similar format in general education and art education programs throughout the country. This course also provides an offering to local and regional public educators to acquire points toward re-licensure through the State Office of Education.Courses to be designated as a Fine Arts (FA) General Education experience are expected to provide students with an understanding of the basic conceptual frameworks, historical and cultural contexts of artistic works, and be instilled with a sensibility of the creative process. Assessment will occur through the students' ability to critically evaluate creative works using the language and methodology appropriate to the disciplines of dance, music, theater, and/or the visual arts.

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  This course is designed to provide non-art major students an experience to actively engage with the creative process. It will expand creative abilities, heighten historical and cultural sensibilities, and will promote an informed vocabulary of the visual arts. The linkage of the past to the modern world will be discussed during lectures and discussions, and will be utilized in the practical application of historic media processes. Historical context of the visual language, including cultural relevance, is also pertinent to the criticism and interpretation of historic and contemporary works of art. Through introductory lectures and discussion of history, theory, and criticism, emphasis is ultimately placed on a series of hands-on studio projects that will be analyzed for formal and conceptual merit. These findings will improve and inform each student's sensibilities about the creative process and will be assessed through assignments and exams.

2: A student who completes the GE curriculum can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media. Students will be responsible to conduct research for both written responses and for creative insight. This multimedia research will be evident in a finished written synopsis and embedded in creative work accomplished both in analog processes and in the digital environment.

6: A student who completes the GE curriculum can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about nature, culture, facts, values, ethics, and civic policy. Critical evaluation of a work of art is extremely important to artistic growth and to the development of a critical sensibility. This course will teach strategies for successfully approaching peer group and self-critiques. Both oral and written critiques will be conducted throughout the semester to further each student's ability to reason and problem solve in the visual arena. These sessions will be moderated by the instructor in an effort to extract the most effective insight from students with the expectation that they will use these new strategies to improve the quality of their next work of art and critique session.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding, proficiency, and fluency in the following Snow College General Education Outcomes: 1. Articulate the dynamics of the creative process as it applies to the disciplines of Dance, Music, Theater, or Visual Arts: Each student will apply the elements and principles of the visual language, theory and knowledge of concept, and problem-solving skills in the creation of works of art in various 2D media. Each finished creative work will be critiqued to offer successes and shortcomings. Ultimately this verbal articulation of the creative process is designed to foster growth in the creative process. 

2. Provide an informed synopsis of the performing and/or visual arts in the context of culture and history through reading and interpreting pertinent information using a variety of traditional and digital media. Each student will demonstrate a fluency in historical content and context by articulating linkages of the visual arts to many facets of historical and modern society. This understanding will be assessed through exams, writings, critiques, and application of this knowledge to their creative work. 

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the conceptual and elemental principles fundamental to the creation of various forms of artistic expression. This course privileges hands-on creation of works of art. Through a series of exercises utilizing the formal elements and principles of design, students will learn to speak the visual language. Ultimately, students will convey content through innovative application of formal elements. Through practice, this collaboration of form and content will promote more meaningful works of art. 

4. Exhibit an ability to critically analyze artistic works using appropriate techniques, vocabulary, and methodologies. Each student will demonstrate the process of critical analysis and interpretation of works of two-dimensional art in oral and written form examining contextual, conceptual, and formal qualities in each. This practice in critical analysis will promote informed viewers and more aware and articulate artists. 

This course will include: Illustrated lectures and discussions on various facets of the visual language including the dynamics of two-dimensional composition, historical relevance, theory, and criticism; The creation of hands-on visual explorations using various two-dimensional media, including, but not limited to, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and digital media; Demonstrations of each art-making technique covered in the studios, including individual tutoring and group observations; The compilation of a series of hands-on studio explorations, using a variety of two-dimensional media, to be presented as a final professional portfolio; Individual and group critiques, designed to promote constructive analysis of each student's own work, the work of their peers, and historical works of art; Internal assessment of each student's competence in the theory and practical application of each of the topics covered through written quizzes and exams.

Key Performance Indicators:
Portfolio/Assignments: Applied Studio Practice culminates with a comprehensive portfolio review of studio explorations (60-80% of final grade) 

Exams: Written assessments include exams, quizzes, and writing on theoretic knowledge gained (15-20% of final grade)  

Attendance and Participation: Discussions, critiques, and applied studio discipline (10-15% of final grade) 








Representative Text and/or Supplies:
No text required; Supplemental readings and research to be determined by the instructor; Supplies to be determined by the instructor.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 16