Foundations Program

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During their first year, all Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) students pursuing a major in the studio arts are required to complete Foundations. The program includes four studio courses (Drawing I, 2D Design, 3D Design & 4D Design) and two art history lecture courses. Faculty expertise is a guiding principle for formal and conceptual studio problem solving and as a cultivating synergy among all four studio Foundations courses.The program maintains a forward-thinking dialogue regarding studio pedagogy in relation to contemporary art and design.

This exciting first year provides an intellectually rigorous, studio-based experience in the fundamental issues of art and design. When students complete the Foundations Program, they acquire the skills to creatively produce and reflectively discuss their work and the work of their peers. The program exposes students to a vast forum of ideas and concepts, preparing them for a wide range of disciplines. Students work through a series of learning experiences designed to address traditional, interdisciplinary, and innovative approaches to the technical and conceptual practices required to move forward in the BFSDoArt.

Completion of ALL Area F Foundations Program coursework, with an earned grade of C or above is required before students are able to advance into higher-level courses in studio and art history.

Foundation Courses
ART 1010/1010S – Drawing I
Drawing I
Through the basic observation of still-life, landscape, and portraiture, the student is guided to an understanding of how the elements and principles of design can be developed in his/her own drawings to promote personal expression and understanding.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

    • Define and effectively manipulate the elements and principles of design in perception drawing.
    • To have developed a proficiency in notional drawing to solve problems.
    • Demonstrate the ability to create convincing illusion of form and space.
    • Demonstrate understanding and control over mapping, measuring and construction processes.
    • Demonstrate expressive control using traditional drawing materials including,graphite, conte crayon, charcoals, pen and ink, and erasers.
    • Speak and write critically about personal work and that of others.
    • Create interesting and unique compositions
    • Possess increased awareness and understanding of the role of drawing in historic and modern art and society.
ART 1011/1011S – Drawing II
Drawing II
This second course continues to explore perception, the relationship between perception and conception, form as it pertains to representation and abstraction, and the organization of surface through line, shape, light, texture, and space, with special attention to the figure. Through various exercises and projects, initially dependent upon observed reality and eventually leading to more concept driven assignments, students study form, space, light and surface concepts, compositional and structural problems, and media as a vehicle for personal expression. Drawing II requires the development of strategies for problem solving, experimentation, and expanded notions of drawing.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Be an active and constructive participant in the studio. Students will learn to speak and write critically about personal as well as peer work
  • Develop a strong technical foundation that enhances conceptual clarity and perceptual awareness
  • Demonstrate the ability to skillfully and safely use materials and techniques, while maintaining appropriate crafting in relation to artworks’ intended concept and expression
  • The ability to create works that effectively employ color through formal and expressive applications
  • Demonstrate a broadened awareness of drawings not only as objects, but as the by-products of a creative process that fitis into the larger art historical and contemporary theoretical context.

 

ART 1020 – 2D Design
Two Dimensional Design – Color & Composition
Introduction to the fundamental principles and concepts of two-dimensional image making with an emphasis on color theory and design principles and strategies. Students will develop their abilities and visual awareness through creative assignments emphasizing color perception, color systems and harmonies, while learning to intuit visual order, relational elements, and other elements of composition. Projects are designed to encourage experimentation with a variety of problem-solving strategies.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

    • Define and effectively manipulate the elements and principles of design in non-representational and representational compositions/applications.
    • Understand basic color theory and its creative application.
    • Demonstrate various idea generation strategies effectively to solve problems, particularly using drawing and collage.
    • Experience in collaborative explorations.
    • Explore the physical, conceptual and contextual implications of basic materials, craftsmanship, and professional presentation.
    • Speak and write critically about personal and peer artworks and propose alternatives.
    • To increase awareness and understanding about the visual, physical, and social aspects of modern and contemporary two dimensional artworks.
ART 1030 – 3D Design
Three Dimensional Design – Form in Space
Three-dimensional design is an introduction to the basic concepts of spatial composition. In this course we will explore various concepts including line, plane, volume, mass, space, light, scale, and spatial organization in 3D works. An important aspect of this class is the ability to think critically about visual information. Emphasis will be placed on finding imaginative solutions to the problems presented, on developing skills with a variety of processes, materials and tools, and on increasing your knowledge about the attributes of three-dimensional design.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

    • Define and effectively manipulate the elements and principles of design in applications in three-dimensional space, form and time.
    • Understand basic structural integrity and construction of forms.
    • Demonstrate various idea generation strategies effectively to solve problems particularly using drawings and three-dimensional sketches.
    • Experience in collaborative explorations
    • Explore the physical, conceptual and contextual implications of basic traditional and non-traditional materials.
    • Effective use of and understanding of safe studio practices using basic hand tools and power equipment.
    • Speak and write critically about personal and peer artworks and propose alternatives.
    • To increase awareness and understanding about the visual, physical, and social aspects of modern and contemporary three-dimensional artworks
ARTH 2531/2531S – Art History I
Art History I
This course surveys the arts of the Western and non-Western world from the prehistoric eras through the 14th Century. The emphasis is twofold: 1) recognizing the visual characteristics of period and individual styles through a study of major monuments and, 2) utilizing works of art to better understand the social, cultural, and economic realities of the historical eras. The format for the course is lecture with discussion.
ARTH 2532/2532S – Art History II
Art History II
This course surveys the arts of the Western and non-Western world from the 15th Century to the present. The emphasis is twofold: 1) recognizing the visual characteristics of period and individual styles through a study of major monuments and, 2) utilizing works of art to better understand the social, cultural and economic realities of the historical eras. The format for the course is lecture with discussion.
Student Work: Foundations

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