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Program Learning Outcomes

The Foundations Art Program addresses the following student performance criteria:

Visual Awareness

  • Ability to see visual elements in the world around us with a heightened sensitivity and understanding.
  • Ability to recognize elements such as form, positive and negative space, spatial depth, value and color as a unified, visual vocabulary.

Drawing Skills

  • 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.

Rendering Skills

  • Ability to apply the 5-value system in drawings demonstrating fundamental achievement of three-dimensional form.


  • Ability to demonstrate design principles such as unity, contrast, balance, proportion, cropping, movement and/or focal point in compositions.

Spatial Depth

  • Ability to use overlapping forms, varying line weights, diminishment of sizes, linear or atmospheric perspective techniques to suggest spatial depth in imagery.

Perspective/Specific Techniques

  • 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 elements.

Storytelling/Sequential Imagery

  • 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.

Concept Development

  • 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.

Visual Communication

  • 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.

Color Harmony

  • 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.

Color Effects

  • 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.

Color Identification/Matching

  • Ability to identify the properties of a given color: Hue, value, saturation. Ability to utilize this knowledge for the matching of color in gouache.

Communication Skills

  • Ability to discuss assignments or make oral presentations to the class.
  • Ability to discuss work intelligently and critically using standard art vocabulary.

Problem Solving

  • 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.

Learning Attitude

  • 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 detail demonstrated.
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