STUDIO ART I ART  Fall 2011 

4 credits - Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 — 11:20

Faculty — Martina Lantin

Office: basement of Apple Tree

Phone: 258-9299


Office Hours: Tuesdays – 1 pm to 4 pm or by appointment


Like stretching before the big race, this course is designed to get our creative juices flowing. Focused on the formal elements of line, texture, shape, space and structure in a variety of materials, students will be asked to delve into developing a personal aesthetic vocabulary. This is a foundation course for the visual arts designed to provide a base for further work in the visual arts curriculum.


This studio course will provide a solid foundation in compositional principles and design vocabulary as they apply to two-dimensional problems. The course will focus on the development of technical applications, execution skills, perceptual understanding, conceptual ideation, plus visual and verbal communication and presentation skills. Studio activities will be developmental and sequential in nature to foster creative thinking and problem solving skills.

Using a combination of representational and abstract responses, students will develop an understanding of ; line, shape, texture, tonal value, space, scale, color, and composition Students will also examine and incorporate design principles such as repetition, variety, and movement in their works. As we examine these various abstract ideas we will do weekly projects where we will learn to use a variety of different materials. You do not need to have any previous art experience, though assignments will be challenging enough for more advanced students.

This class will be a laboratory for making, experiencing, and discussing visual working and visual thinking.


· A demonstrated confidence and skill in the use of traditional 2D design media

· A demonstrated ability to use a variety of mark-making techniques to create the illusion of 3D forms on a 2D surface

· The ability to use and differentiate between the elements of 2D design: 

line, shape, value, and texture

· An understanding and confidence in creating dynamic two-dimensional compositions

· An articulate, basic vocabulary to enable you to confidently interpret and critique both your work, and the work of your classmates and the ability to modify your designs based on evaluation and critique

· A basic understanding of color

· An understanding of how your unique personal aesthetic is embedded in all that you create

Since time is of the essence, I encourage you not to focus so much about the “success or failure” of your assignments, but about the evolution and development of your observational abilities, thoughts and skill sets in completing the projects.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS: please supply the following

- Unlined Drawing book –

minimum pg. size 8 x 11

- scissors

- ruler

- x-acto blade

- glue stick


The course fee for materials and basic tools is $60. 

This will cover a number of different materials used in class. These materials include paint, paper, some drawing materials and cardboard.


Evaluation will be based on class participation, attendance, and individual development represented in a portfolio of solutions to assigned problems. While slick products are not the purpose of this course, attention to detail, craftsmanship, and presentation are important along with the development of visual understanding and ideas.

Consistent participation and on time completion of homework problems are essential to the success of both individual and group learning.

Attendance and completion dates of problems will be recorded and will affect final grade. Please notify the instructor of unavoidable absences from class. Anyone with more than three unexcused absences will result in a drop by a letter grade. Two late appearances equal an absence.

All projects will be weighted equally towards the final grade. 

This class will honor all necessary accommodations for students with documented learning differences. If you have a learning difference or believe you may have a learning difference that requires specific accommodation, please contact Megan Littlehales, Coordinator of Disability Services:; Megan will let me know what accommodations would be appropriate.

Last modified: Monday, December 19, 2011, 9:18 AM