Delaware County Community College
Two Dimensional Design Syllabus
GRA / ART 122, Room 3256
Three Credit Course, Four Contact Hours.

*Required Texts: Design Basics, David A. Lauer / Stephen Pentak

Instructor: Professor Treadwell

Contact information: jtreadwe@dccc.edu
www.jaimetreadwell.com -use as an additional resource.
Office Hours: located on the student page of www.jaimetreadwell.com
Office Location: room.1281, office is located in the rear of the drawing studio



GRA / ART 122 - Two-Dimensional Design



This course is an introductory course that entails deliberate visual decision-making based on the elements and principles of design on a two-dimensional surface. A variety of media including wet dry, and/or digital possibilities will be a focus of this course. Demonstration, discussion and formal critiques will augment audio work.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
• Demonstrate the ability to apply the general principles of design including unity/variety, balances (symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial and crystallographic), emphasis, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, and figure/ground relationship.
• Manipulate the general elements of visual language including line, shape, volume texture and space.
• Utilize the full grey scale including black and white.
• Integrate critical thinking skills through completed artworks and formal critiques.

Attendance:

If you choose not to attend work, what is the result? Attendance is mandatory. Studies reveal students who attend class consistantly show a dramatic increase in comprehension, grades, and success; whereas, students who attend sporadically show a dramatic decrease in comprehension, grades, and success. Classes involve working time and discussions that cannot be duplicated. All students are responsible for missed assignments and class work. Students must meet with me during office hours or contact a fellow student to obtain the information before returning to class. Do not expect me to email the contents of a four hour class.

Please refer to your college handbook
-Two absences equal the failure of the entire course (four for T R classes)
-Two late arrivals or leaving early lowers the base grade one level.

Please do not describe to me why you are late. If you are late...you’re late. If you miss class… you miss class. Specific circumstances will be discussed on an individual basis. Do not take advantage of how much you can miss; take advantage of how much you can attend.

 


Homework:

Homework will be assigned every week or is a continuation of a current project. It is your obligation to obtain missed information. We will have group critiques on your homework, so it is imperative your work is complete on the due date. A 9 x 12-inch spiral sketchbook should be used to draw preliminary sketches for projects and to peruse ideas outside of class. I will randomly check your sketchbook.
Presentation: Attention will be given to proper use of professional grade artist's materials and clean, neat presentation. All projects should conform to the original assignment specifications in terms of size and medium. Students may also be expected to present their projects verbally to the class. Learning to work an idea through the stages of the design/drawing process is an important part of design. Therefore, thumbnails, roughs and/or preliminary sketches may be submitted when the project is due.

Grading:

I take into account the student’s growth, work ethic, attendance, and the ability to receive and use criticism. Assignments are very particular and the grade reflects your ability to meet the specifics of that assignment. I measure student’s class work, homework, and quantity / quality of work as evidence of development. The assignments will be viewed and graded on the due date and at the end of the semester in a portfolio. Sufficient use of sketchpad will add a bonus to your final grade. The assignment grade will be lowered one full letter grade each class day the assignment is late. When the assignments are returned, each student will receive a “grading sheet” explaining the grade. We will have student / teacher meetings throughout the semester so students understand their current progress.

Assignments: 80 %
Class participation: 10%
Attendance: 10%
Attendance percentage will increase as
if you miss more than 3 classes.

Students with Disabilities: Students with learning, physical or psychological disabilities who require accommodations for this course must contact Ann Binder, Director of Special Needs Services, in room 320 in the Career and Counseling Center or call 610-325-2748. Please meet with me to discuss your accommodation letter.


DCCC – 2-D Design
Materials list

Utrecht Art Supplies kit package price - between $100 and $130
Location – 2020 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
215-563-5600 store28@utrecht.com
Suzanne Knodle, store manager

MATERIALS IN BOLD PRINT MUST BE PURCHASED BY THE SECOND CLASS

ILLUSTRATION BOARD (8 PIECES OF 15 X 20) (ONE PEICE OF 20 X 30)
TRACING PAPER (ANY SIZE)
SKETCH PAD (AROUND 9 X 12)
GRAPH PAPER (8.5 X 11)
PENCILS (H4, HB, 2B)
ERASERS (WHITE ERASER, RUBBER CEMENT OR GUM ERASER)
MICRON PEN SET (STRADTLER WORKS TOO)
pen sizes: 25mm, 30mm, 45mm

SHARPIE MARKER, ULTRA FINE, AND FINE
PAINTER'S BLUE TAPE (PREFERABLY DELICATE ADHESIVE)
COMPASS
EXACTO KNIFE AND REPLACEMENT BLADES
RUBBER CEMENT
TRACING TEMPLATES; CIRCLES (ANYTHING WILL DO)
18 INCH RULER
12 INCH CLEAR RULER

TRANSPARENT TRIANGLE 45/90
RAPIDIOGRAPHIC INK (INDIA INK WILL SUFFICE)
TITANIUM WHITE ACRYLIC PAINT
MARS OR IVORY BLACK ACRYLIC PAINT
ROUND (SABLE OR SABELETTE) WATERCOLOR BRUSH
1/2 INCH SHORT FLAT WATERCOLOR BRUSH
1/4 INCH SHORT FLAT WATERCOLOR BRUSH
DISPOSABLE PALETTE
STORAGE BOX (TACKLE BOX WORKS WELL)


• Utrecht Art Supply has pre-packs prepared for your convenience. Simply, go to the counter, state “Jaime Treadwell’s 2-D Design class, DCCC”, and an employee will hand you your materials. This process is quick and easy compared to finding each individual tool. Remember to go to the Utrecht store located on 2020 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

• Also, please note you may purchase these materials where you choose.



Weekly Course Content, syllabus is subject to change


1. Week: Course Introduction: review syllabus, material list, and homework
Homework: Purchase materials to have ready for next class meeting.
Reading, 4-9, 20,21, 128-139

2. Week: Point / line integration exercises.
Word Interpretation, Line: using a given adjective, develop a series of drawings based on a word, i.e. jagged, momentum, etc

3. Week: Structural Constellation: ambiguous form

4. Week: Shape Reformation: consider: geometric, organic, gravity, weight, balance, tension

5. Week: Congruent Shapes (Tessellations, figure / ground, positive / negative)

6. Week: Congruent Shapes (Tessellations, figure / ground, positive / negative)

7. Week : Three Letter Word, (figure / ground)

8. Week: Growing Column: Morphing grid, shape gradient

9. Week: Growing Column: Morphing grid, shape gradient

10. Week : re-invent bathroom gender signs

11. Week: re-invent bathroom gender signs

12-14. Week 12-14, Spiral / Radial design, demonstrate value by use of volume, and or movement (light source)

14-16. Week 14-16: Final



CLASSROOM ETTIQUITE AND SUCCESS


• Cell phones: Your ringer must be turned off during class. There are several breaks in class to check calls and text; however, you may use an internet phone for class research when allowed.
-Texting in class is not tolerated.
• Inappropriate behavior: Do not participate in any behavior that may distract or disrupt a learning environment. In other words, be respectful to your neighbor’s ability to receive an education.

• Professional behavior: We are preparing you for the professional world; now is the time to practice “professionalism”.
-Be Punctual
-Attend Class
-Be Helpful and respectful to your peers
-Participate in a healthy learning experience

Facebook:


• Why are you here?
• Are attending school to fail or succeed?
• What are your goals?


-What is your 2 week goal?
-4 week goal?
-2 month?
-2 years?
-5 years?
• What is success?


-Describe the habits of a successful student? Class exercise
-Work ethic and time management discussion.

• Do you have a pre-determined weekly work schedule?

Class exercise:
• How many hours do you think you are expected to spend working outside of class for each class?
-Some weeks may vary, but be prepared to match or double the time you spend working outside of class as you do in class.
-Write down your schedule on a piece of paper and designate time slots to work outside of class on this class.