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Program Learning Outcomes
The Foundations Art Program addresses the following student performance criteria:
- Ability to see visual elements in the world around us with a heightened sensitivity and
- Ability to recognize elements such as form, positive and negative space, spatial depth, value
and color as a unified, visual vocabulary.
- Ability to draw objects and figures in interior and exterior environments demonstrating
fundamental understanding of proportions, value structure, form/cast shadows and perspective
techniques to effect realism when drawing from life and imagination.
- Ability to apply the 5-value system in drawings demonstrating fundamental achievement of
- Ability to demonstrate design principles such as unity, contrast, balance, proportion,
cropping, movement and/or focal point in compositions.
- Ability to use overlapping forms, varying line weights, diminishment of sizes, linear or
atmospheric perspective techniques to suggest spatial depth in imagery.
- Demonstrate fundamental ability in: isometric drawing techniques, 1, 2, 3-point, 2-point
vertical, 4 and 5-point perspective techniques, plotting and rendering of light, shadow and
reflections in perspective, combining of multiple sets of 2-point and 3-point perspective.
Depiction of Human Figure
- Ability to depict the human figure with attention to correct proportion of forms, weight,
balance, inner structure, gesture and surface anatomy.
- Ability to represent the human figure in proportion and perspective to environmental
- Ability to create storyboard sequences utilizing varying eye levels for dramatic communication
of visual narratives.
- Ability to achieve visual development of character.
- Ability to apply visual textures to create believable environments in drawings.
- Utilization of thumbnail quick-sketch processes or color roughs to visualize design intentions
and develop into final compositions.
- Ability to utilize reference material to aid in concept development.
- Ability to communicate an intended effect in a visual image.
Communication of Mood/Emotion
- Ability to use design elements such as color, value and shape to suggest an emotional response
in the viewer.
- Ability to demonstrate color harmony in designs through the selective use of color (color
schemes), control of saturation, contrast and color proportion.
- Ability to create and utilize a 12 and 24 step Color Wheel for color selection.
- Ability to create effective figure-ground relationships demonstrating usage of advancing vs.
receding colors, control of saturation, temperature and value contrast.
Understanding the Effects of Light on Color
- Ability to suggest objects in warm or cool environmental light demonstrating appropriate color,
value and temperature changes in light and shadow.
- Ability to identify the properties of a given color: Hue, value, saturation. Ability to utilize
this knowledge for the matching of color in gouache.
- Ability to discuss assignments or make oral presentations to the class.
- Ability to discuss work intelligently and critically using standard art vocabulary.
- Ability to understand an assignment and apply technical knowledge to generate solutions.
- Ability to deconstruct a concept or assignment into its component parts and make corrections
based on understanding the individual factors which combine to make the piece.
- The ability to be self-critical, make corrections and learn from critiques. The ability to
accept suggestions and ideas.
Organization and Management of Materials
- Knowledge and use of appropriate materials.
Professional Presentation of Projects/Professional Attitude
- Ability to submit work according to professional presentation standards.
- Ability to meet project-staged deadlines and deliver projects on time. Effort and attention to
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