Portfolio Preparation

Delaware County Community College

Portfolio Preparation: ART 233
Room 1281
Three Credit Course

Required Text:

Design Basics
, by David A. Lauer / Stephen Pentak
Art and Fear, Authors: David Bayles and Ted Orland
Seeing is forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees (A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin, Author Lawrence Weschler

Suggested Text:

The Blank Canvas
, Author, Anna Held Audette
In The Making, Author, Linda Weintraub

Instructor: Assistant Professor Jaime Treadwell, Contact information: jtreadwe@dccc.edu
www.jaimetreadwell.com -use as an additional resource.
Office Hours (rm.1281): Located on www.jaimetreadwell.com (click on student page)


This course is intended for the aspiring fine arts major who needs to prepare a portfolio for entry into a four year program. Each student will be assessed on an individual basis at the beginning of the course. Following this assessment the student will be mentored on an individual and group basis in order to prepare a portfolio displaying a breadth of media, subject matter, design approaches and concept.


-Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

-Produce, select, critique and refine a body of work that represents a breadth of media, subject matter, design approaches and concept.
-Demonstrate the ability to activate the concept of the picture plane.
-Demonstrate the ability to work from direct observation incorporating the basic properties of line, value, figure-ground relationship, textures and color.
-Produce original works of art that display cohesive composition.
-Create a logical and coherent body of work incorporating a high level of craftsmanship and professionalism indicative to the discipline.
-Communicate critical thinking skills through completed artworks, verbal articulation of creative intent and participation in formal critiques.
-Develop and organize the student graduation exhibition including the selection of artworks, the presentation and hanging of the artworks, the writing of wall texts, labels and the overseeing of other cataloging responsibilities.


This class does not have a required meeting time; however, we will meet once a week based on everyone’s schedule. Poor attendance will affect your grade. Attendance is mandatory. Classes involve working time and discussions that cannot be duplicated. All students are responsible for missed assignments and class work and must make arrangements to contact the instructor or a fellow student to obtain this information before returning to 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.
-Students who decide to withdraw from the course should do so officially and inform the instructor. Please do not describe why you are late. If you are late...you’re late. If you miss class… you miss class. I allow wiggle room for potential issues. Do not take advantage of how much you can miss; take advantage of how much you can attend.


Homework will be assigned to students on an individual basis. Each assignment is a continuation of a current project or projects. 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 view 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 will 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 aspect of design development; as a result, thumbnails, roughs drafts and/or preliminary sketches are to be submitted when the project is due.

GRADING: Your grading is based on individual efforts to improve your portfolio. This course requires self discipline. I take into account the student’s growth, work ethic, attendance, and the ability to receive and use criticism. In addition to assignment comprehension, I measure student participation, and overall professionalism as evidence for growth and success. The assignments will be viewed and submitted on the due date. If you choose to hand in the assignment late, you will be penalized one full letter grade each week the assignment is late. Students may re-work assignments to improve the grade with the instructors consent.
Your entire portfolio will be orally presented (accompanied with an art statement) to the class in digital format at the end of the semester.

A…90-100 Assignments: 80 %
B…80-89 Class participation: 10%
C…70-79 Professionalism: 10%
D…60-69 -Attendance percentage will increase
F…59-or below 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.


• 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

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

Weekly Schedule (subject to change)

Week 1: Introduction to the course syllabus. Instructions of how to document and label art work digitally.
Readings: Read pgs 1-22 (Art and Fear) Read pgs 1-21 (Seeing is Forgetting)
Download an application form from a school of your choice
View Tyler School of Art’s transfer portfolio requirements as a portfolio model. http://www.temple.edu/tyler/admissions/freshman.html

Week 2: Present your current portfolio to the class. Discuss readings. Discuss personal objectives. Chart and plan portfolio objectives using Google Calendar.

Week 3: Review portfolio plan and schedule.
Readings: Read pgs 22-37 (Art and Fear) Read pgs 22-38 (Seeing is Forgetting)

Week 4: Readings: Read pgs 37-48 (Art and Fear) Read pgs 41-66 (Seeing is Forgetting)

Week 5: Readings: Read pgs 49- 64(Art and Fear) Read pgs 67-82 (Seeing is Forgetting)

Week 6: Readings: Read pgs 65-78 (Art and Fear) Read pgs 85-97 (Seeing is Forgetting)

Week 7: Readings: Read pgs 79-92 (Art and Fear) Read pgs 98-116 (Seeing is Forgetting)

Week 8: Visiting Artist lecture/critique
Readings: Read pgs 93-112 (Art and Fear) Read pgs 117-138 (Seeing is Forgetting)

Week 9: Readings: Read pgs 113-122 (Art and Fear) Read pgs 139-156 (Seeing is Forgetting)

Week 10: Readings: Read pgs 157-167 (Seeing is Forgetting)

Week 11: Readings: Read pgs 168-181 (Seeing is Forgetting)

Week 12: Visiting Artist lecture/critique
Readings: Read pgs 182-203 (Seeing is Forgetting)

Week 13-15: Artist Statement; apply to a school of your choice

Week 16: Final: digital portfolio oral presentations (accompanied by an artists statement).

Grading Definitions A- Superior, B- Above Average, C- Average, D- Below Average, F-Failure

A. Superior work of the highest quality. The "A" level student goes beyond what is expected or required. The work demonstrates consistent creative and original
design solutions with the highest technical ability showing mastery of the tools
and techniques. The work demonstrates a sense of confidence. The "A" level
student understands artistic/historical strategies and concepts used in graphic
design/digital processes and can articulate those ideas in their work and class
discussion. The work of the "A" level student shows obvious evidence of thinking;
it conveys a sense that it is about something and involves risk-taking and informed decision making.
B. Confident, above-average work. The "B" student demonstrates professionalism in both attitude and approach to assignments with a sound level of technical ability that demonstrates evidence of critical-thinking skills. The "B" student contributes to class discussion and understands artistic strategies associated with graphic design and/or digital processes. Assignments are completed on time. Scores on written and practical examinations are consistent with the grade of B. Inconsistencies in concept, composition, and technique cannot warrant a higher grade.
C. Average effort and quality. The "C" student demonstrates a basic understanding of technical control and artistic ability with a sense of real effort, but problems are not successfully resolved. Erratic technical skills with little or no sense of challenge becomes obvious. Contributes to class discussions and understands concepts used in design/digital environments. Assignments are usually completed on time. Scores on written and practical examinations are consistent with the grade of C.
D. Below Average. The "D" student meets the minimum course requirements.
Concepts are weak, lacking critical-thinking skills and technical skills are poor
requiring remedial work. Assignments are below average and/or not completed
in a timely manner. Contributions to class discussions are minimal. Scores on written and practical examinations are consistent with the grade of D. D is a passing grade, not a failure.
F. The "F" level student either does not meet all course requirements, and or performs inadequately. F is a failing grade.