Great Basin College


Fall 2006


Course: Art 100, Sec. IO1, Visual Foundations

Credit Hours: 3


Accommodations: Qualified students with physical or documented learning disabilities have the right to free accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities at Great Basin College.  I encourage any student who needs accommodations for a specific disability to please meet with me at your earliest convenience to ensure timely and appropriate accommodations.  The student should also contact the Student Services Office in Elko at 753-2279. 


Instructor: Koni Fujiwara

Email:  Within WebCT

Phone: Please leave a message with the Art Dept. Secretary Tami Amestoy 775-753-2363

Required texts:  Design Essentials, Atterberry and Block

                             ISBN 0-13-502469-2

                             The Annotated Mona Lisa, Carol Strickland, Ph.D.

                             ISBN 0-8362-8005-9


Course Description:  Explore visual forms and contemporary concepts through a variety of media, presentations, and discussions.


Course Objectives:

1.                          Students will increase their knowledge of the Western Art Historical and cultural heritage and its relationship to contemporary elements and principles of design.

2.                          Students will acquire and practice technical skills related to the creation of visual projects.

3.                          Students will increase personal creativity, self-awareness, and expression through design generation and problem solving.


Student Learning Outcomes:

1.      Communication Skills:  Students will increase communication skills through discussion, presentation of their work, and written assignments.

2.      Critical thinking:  Students will acquire hands on experience in design.  Students will be familiarized with art materials and media.

3.      Personal and Cultural:  Students will learn about their personal, historical and mythological expression as it relates to their art historical and cultural heritage through artwork.

4.      Personal Wellness:  Students will develop a personal mode of self-examination and expression

5.      Technological Understanding: Students will use computer hardware and software to gather and communicate information pertaining to visual arts.


Measurement of Student Learning Outcomes:

1.      Communication Skills: Students will produce a writing project using standard edited English and the MLA documentation style.  This paper will include 4 inserted images of artwork and will be assessed using the attached rubric.


Students will select portions of text readings to paraphrase. Students will use text readings to formulate written answers to questions and opinions to aid in their critical analysis and personal synthesis of course reading materials.


Students will post weekly class discussions (critics) of personal and peer artwork created as part of the class with a goal of facilitating their ability to communicate design standards and principles. 


2. Critical Thinking:

Reasoning and Independent Thought

Students will produce eighteen design plates in which they will investigate and explore all basic design principles and art elements.  The successful execution of design projects will require that the student can synthesize art historical context and development of visual form in Western civilization. The plates will use a variety of media and techniques including collage, inking, transfer, printing, colored and graphite pencil.  Plates will be assessed according to the attached rubric.


Quantitative Ability

Successful completion of the design plates will require the student to create designs which utilize the golden mean, pattern recognition creation and manipulation, geometric layout, and basic mensuration. Plates will be assessed according to the attached rubric.


Scientific Understanding

Students will be introduced to basic scientific principles of light and color and be able to compare additive and subtractive use of color.



3. Personal and Cultural:

Sense of the Individual in Society

Sense of the Past 

Students will produce a writing project which requires them to select and write about artwork.  The writing will communicate through self examination what speaks to them personally about the work of the artist.  Additionally the student will analyze how the artwork utilizes design principles and elements to achieve their perceived effect. The writing will communicate an awareness of the artwork’s place in art historical tradition appropriate for a 100 level course and how this influences the artists’ manipulation of the elements and principles of design. Correct documentation will teach copyright laws and how they pertain to students and artists. This paper will be assessed using the attached rubric.


The creation of design plates will provide an experience of practicing the arts which requires a level of commitment and self-discipline leading to enhanced self worth.


Appreciation of Fine Arts

Art Historical readings, short answer questions, and peer critic of projects.


Personal Wellness

The production of student design plates will require students to improve eye to hand coordination, and to use safe practices with regards to specific materials and media.


 4.Technological Understanding:

Students will have electronic search skills and utilize databases, and the worldwide web.

Students will use computer word processing programs and hardware to prepare a writing project which includes the collection and insertion of images of artworks.


Short Answer Questions

Student answers to these questions verify for me that you have done the reading without testing.  They help me to see what people understand and what may be confusing. Each response is valued at 15 points and should be submitted in a word document through the assignment tool of Web CT by the date and time specified in the course calendar. A thorough answer will be several complete sentences.  To receive credit the answer must be in the student’s own words.


Evaluation Criteria for Student Writing Project: each of the four images and writings will be evaluated individually according to the following scale.


Minimum Standard Requirements      Excellent 5pts.         Above Average 4pts.         Good 3pts.     Poor 2pts.       Unacceptable 1        

The student will select 4 works of

art and will meet the following require-

ments for each work.



The paper uses the conventions

of standard edited English (spelling,

punctuation, grammar, paragraphing,






The paper’s format and presentation

follow the specifications of MLA

format (typed with standard margins,

fonts, correct parenthetical

references etc…)






There is a quality image of the

artwork discussed, the source is

cited and it is adequately inserted

into the word document.







The formal elements of the art-

work were discussed with references

to art historical tradition and the student’s

personal experience of the artwork.







The content of the artwork was

discussed with references to art

historical tradition and the student’s

personal experience of the artwork.





Evaluation Criteria for Student Design Plates:

Sketches: Nine points are possible; points are awarded according to execution not ability. If the project description specifies that sketches are necessary three will be required and each sketch will be awarded three points. Sketches will need to be mailed in with the plates.


Principle of Design: 10 points are possible

q       10 points: Excellent. The design shows a high degree of synthesis, creativity and self expression in its illustration of the specified design principle.

q       9 points: Design shows excellent comprehension of design principle with a high degree of creativity and self expression.

q       8 points: Design shows understanding of design principle and moderate creativity and self expression.

q       7 points: Design shows understanding and the beginnings of an ability to apply it in personally creative and expressive manner.

q       6 points: The project meets time frame standards and basic physical requirements but the design shows limited understanding of the design concept.

q       5 points: The project meets time frame standards and physical formats but understanding of design principle is not illustrated in a visually understandable manner.

q       4 points: Project meets physical format/media standards, but does not address the specified design principle.

q       3, 2, 1 points: Project meets time frame standards but does not meet media or physical format standards.  Principle of design is not present in the solution.


Craftsmanship: 10 points are possible

q       10 points: Excellent. Media is manipulated with a high degree of competence. Project meets all physical requirements.  It is free of any smudges, spots, over runs, rough cuts, bends, wrinkles, and incomplete erasures.

q       9 points: Media is manipulated in an above average manner.  Project meets all physical requirements.  Project has a maximum of 1 minor technical difficulty such as a faint smudge or a few very slightly overdrawn lines.

q       8 points: Media is manipulated in an above average manner.  Project meets all physical requirements with a maximum of 3 minor technical difficulties such as a faint smudge, visible erasure, or over run inked line.

q       7 points: Media is manipulated in an average manner with a maximum of 4 minor technical difficulties or one moderate technical difficulties (such as a jagged cut edge on poster board, a visible deep bend in poster board, a large smear, smudge, a crooked ruled line.)

q       6 points: Media is manipulated in a manner that illustrates student effort, but extreme difficulty in mastery.  Basic physical requirements have been met but the project has more than one moderate technical difficulty.

q       5 points: Media is manipulated in a manner which shows lack of student effort and attention.  Project meets physical requirements.

q       4 points: Media is manipulated in a manner which shows lack of student effort and attention.  Project does not meet basic physical requirements.



Supplies: Each lesson will explain the supplies and quantity needed to start the course please purchase the items in bold.

            Black markers (extra fine, fine and wide tip, Sharpie and Marks A Lot work fine)

            Sketchbook 12” x 18”

            Poster board 11” x 14” (packs are sold at Wal-Mart, Office Max, the College Bookstore and Cherished Friends)

            Ruler with a metal edge

            Small sharp craft scissors

            Exacto knife 


            Compass (do not get the cheapest compass, it will not work)

            Rubber cement (white glue is not acceptable it will wrinkle up your work), of high quality scrap booking glue sticks          

            Wide masking tape

            Water based ink stamp pad, color of your choice

            Scrap booking papers colors and tints will be addressed in project descriptions

Tracing paper

Several pieces of black paper, construction paper will do, but is not ideal, scrap booking paper is better. 

Good quality colored pencils (Prismacolor is one brand name, Spectracolor is another, Crayola is not recommended, try an art supply store or if in Elko area The Carlin Trend has Prismacolor)


Other supplies you may consider using

            Specialized scrap booking cutters or templates

            Chalk pastels

            Illustration board or foam core in place of poster board, this is higher quality, but may need to be cut and is more expensive and harder to find.

            Colored markers

            Oil pastels

Spray adhesive (watch your ventilation, some students find this easier to manage than rubber cement, I think it creates a few more difficulties and it is more toxic)



Grading Policy/Point System:

A         Superior                     4.0       90-100%

B         Above Average         3.0       80-89%

C         Average                     2.0       70-79%

D         Below Average         1.0       60-69%

F          Failing                                    0.0       below 60% is failing

I           Incomplete-see below

W        Withdrawal-see below


Art Plates:                                         52% (craftsmanship/student effort/principle of   design/art historical reference)      450/860 pts.


Paper:                                                12%               100/860 points


Discussion:                                       15%              130/860 points


Short Answer questions:               21 %             180/860 points


“I” You may receive a final report of “I” or incomplete, if you have completed at least ¾ of the course with a grade of “C” or better, but are unable to complete the class for good cause.  You must arrange for the incomplete with your instructor and acknowledge the statement of work you must complete to receive a final grade.  You have until March 15 for Fall Semesters or October 15 for spring and Summer Semesters to complete the work for a final grade.  An incomplete not made up within this time period will have a grade assigned by the instructor, which could be an “F” or “W”.


“W” Students may opt for a withdrawal up to the 13th week of classes.  It is your responsibility to withdraw formally from a course.  Instructors have the option of computing your cumulative grade-point average.  It will appear however, on your transcript, and will always be a permanent part of it.  Veterans who withdraw from classes after the official add/drop period may experience penalties and may be required to pay back part or all of the benefits received for that course.  If you are a veteran contemplating changes in enrollment, you should get the advice of the Director of Student Financial Services.


Student Work: No late work of any kind will be accepted.  (Work is late if it is not postmarked or submitted by the date specified in the calendar).   If you must miss a due date and know in advance you may submit projects early. Please keep all returned complete student work and grade sheets in case you have a question about your final grade.


Course Schedule:  The instructor reserves the right to adjust the course calendar to meet the needs of the students. Always go to the lesson conclusion for each week in the course outline section of WebCt  first to make sure you are aware of all the reading assignments.


Aug. 28          week 1: What is Art?

The Development of Children’s art


Sept. 4           Labor Day Holiday no new work assigned or due (but I would read ahead if I were you)


Sept. 11         week 2: How do you define the three elements of line, color and notan?


            Plate 1: Curved line Contour Drawing

            Plate 2: Notan strips

Week one question due Monday, Sept. 11, by 7 p.m.


Sept. 18         week 3: Prehistoric Art

Principles of composition, harmony, transition and opposition/contrast

Plate 3: Straight Line Design

Plate 4: Opposition/Contrast

Week two question due Sept. 18, by 7 p.m.


Sept.  25         week 4: Egyptian and Mesopotamian Art

                                    Plate 5: Harmony and Gradation

Plate 6: Print a Surface Pattern

                                    Unity, Variety, and Repetition

                                    Plates 1 and 2 due this week

                                    Week three question due Sept. 25 by 7 p.m.


Oct. 2             week 5:  Greek and Roman Art

                                    Golden Rectangle, Balance and Proportion

Plate 7: Symmetrical Design

Plate 8: Asymmetrical Design

Plates 3 and 4 due this week

Post a discussion comment for plates 1 and 2

Week four question due Oct. 2 by 7 p.m.


Oct. 9             week 6:  Early Christian Art & Art of the Middle Ages

Plate 9: Mandala Design with a Border Design

Plates 5 and 6 due this week

Post a discussion comment for plates 3 and 4

Week five question due Oct. 9 by 7 p.m.



Oct. 16          week 7: Introduction of writing project

                                    Plate 10: Value Scales in color and black and white

                                    Plates 7 and 8 due this week

Post a discussion comment for plates 5 and 6

Week six question due Oct. 16 by 7 p.m.


Oct. 23           week 8: The Renaissance

Plate 11: High Major Key

                                    Plate 12: High Minor Key

                                    No Weekly question         

Plate 9 is due this week

Post a discussion comment for plates 7 and 8


Oct. 30           week 9:  The Baroque

                                    Plate 13: The Color Star

                                    Plates 10  due this week

Post a discussion comment for plate 9

Week eight question due, Oct. 30 by 7 p.m.


Nov. 6            week 10: The Birth of the Isms

                                     Plate 14: Analogous Color

                                     Plate 15: Complimentary Color

 Plates 11 and 12 are due this week

 No discussion comment plate 10

 Week 9 question due Nov. 6 by 7 p.m.


Nov. 13          week 11: Impressionism                           

                                    Plate 13 due this week

Post a discussion comment for plates 11 and 12

Week 10 question due Nov. 13 by 7 p.m.


Nov. 20                      Plates 14 and 15 due this week

No discussion comment plate 13

Week 11 question due Nov. 20 by 7 p.m.


Nov. 27          week 12: Into the Twentieth Century

Plate 16, 17, 18 Analysis and Abstraction of a pre-1900 painting

No weekly question



Dec. 4            Week 13: Art in Our Time

                                    Week 12 question due Dec. 4 by 7 p.m.

Post a discussion comment for plates 14 and 15



Dec. 11          Finals Week

Student writing project due through the assignment tool

Friday Dec. 15 by 7 p.m.

Plates 16, 17, 18 due postmarked Tues. Dec. 12

Week 13 question due Dec.  11, by 7 p.m.