Art 141 01 Two Dimensional Design

 Jackson State Community College

Fall 2014


Instructor: Carol Norman  (please call me Carol)                      

Office: C113G           Phone: 424-3520 (ext.50 223)

If  you need to have a conference with me it is best to make an appointment, but my office hours are posted on my office door  and you are welcome to stop by during those times. I can sometimes be found in the art studios. The phone # here is: ext. 52550. My home phone # is 423 -1781. Only call me at home if its very important and you cannot reach me at school.


Course Descritption: An exploration of the elements and principles of design. The course introduces  a variety of 2-D media through a problem-solving approach.


Optional Texts  Design Basics  by David A. Lauer & Stepphen Pentak (any edition)

The projects are laid out in the same sequence as Design Basics.  Please keep up with the reading. The purchase of the text is optional, but the reading is necessary. There are copies of the text in the studio, which you may read if you dont purchase the text.


Studio Course Additional Hours In order to consistent with art programs across TN, and to insure that our students have sufficient time to complete our course requirements 3 credit studio classes at JSCC carry the expectation of an additional 3 hours of studio time. Students enrolling in these classes should understand that they are making a commitment to put in a minimum of 6 hours studio time. The studio is available by passcode, Mon – Fri 7 am -7 pm You are welcome to work as long as there is no class in progress or the instructor gives you permission.


 Course Objectives:

Art 141 is a foundation course where you will:

      explore the theory and practice of two-dimensional design

      investigate each of the basic elements of two dimensional design (line, shape, color, value, texture)

      create artwork in which you utilize the organizational principles of  2-D design. (Harmony/variety, unity, repetition/rhythm/movement, scale, economy, dominance /emphasis, space,)

      experiment with a variety of two dimensional media

      solve design problems

      build basic craft and compositional skills

      experiment with different approaches to art production

      view and discuss

a) the work of  2D artists

b) your own work

 c) the work of your classmates


Please see the projects list for more specific objectives.


Assignments: This is a studio course and students should be prepared to work both in and outside of class on assignments. Please come to class ready to work and plan to stay at least for the scheduled class time. You will be assigned exercises that will be done in class, as well as a number of  projects to be done both in class and out of class. There will be frequent critiques. It is important to be able to discuss your work and the feedback we get from critiques can help us view our work from a new perspective. Please do not miss critiques and have your assignments done on time so that they can be critiqued as a group.


Storage: Lockers are available for the storage of materials. They are available on a first come first serve basis. You must label the locker with your name and Fall12. You will have  a flat file for paper storage.


Clean up: Since this is a shared studio, it is imperative that you clean up after yourself. You are responsible for cleaning your work area and putting away your artwork and materials All surfaces must be left clean. Please get in the habit of checking to make sure your work area is clean before leaving.



10 % of your grade will be based on two quizzes, on basic design concepts and vocabulary, given at mid-term and during the final critique. 90 % will be based on your individual progress in terms of concept and improvement of skills. as demonstrated in an individual portfolio review of all projects during the final critique.  Keep all your work in good shape. Participation in discussions and critiques, as well your effort will be taken into consideration.


Each project will be critiqued and discussed in terms of:

      how well it solves the problem,

      how successful the design is, regardless of the problem,

      your craftsmanship


Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. You are allowed one week of absences per course. In a class that meets once a week you  have only have one absence. Save it for an emergency.


Disabilities: Students with documented disabilities should notify me of any special needs that they may have. We want to make sure that all students have every opportunity to do well in this course.


Materials:  You must have

Masking tape


Paper: 18 x 24 drawing paper (55 – 80 lb)

Pencils, 2B, 4B, 6B



Drawing Ink,

Crow Quill Pen

Ultra fine sharpie marker

Hair Spray.


Rubber Cement Or Some Kind Of Glue

Small Brush (that comes to a good point)


List of suggested materials  Search your house and find whatever art supplies you already have

Colored Pencils

Water Color Pencils

Prang Water Color Set ($3 @ WalMart)


Oil-Pastels c




Erasers, White, Kneaded


Exacto Knife

Bits of colored paper or fabric