ART 105 Syllabus Instructor: Ron Tanzi
MW Office: C154a
Classroom: B104 Telephone: 206-287-5526
Description : An introduction to the nature, vocabulary, media, history, and cultural contexts of the visual arts. The structure of the class will include slide lectures, reading, writing, and some hands-on projects.
Objectives: 1) To understand the basic visual elements and design principles of art.
2) To be introduced to the classifications involved in the study of art.
3) To learn about the basic media utilized in making art.
4) To interpret and appreciate works of art through a method of art criticism.
5) To appreciate the continuous interaction of art and culture through time.
Textbook: Living With Art, 6th edition, by Rita Gilbert, www.mhhe.com/livingwithart .
On-line computer access may be necessary for some assignments in this
& Expections: It is all students responsibility to know BCC Student Procedures &
Expections. They can be accessed at:
Supplies: Various supplies will be required as the quarter progresses.
You will need the following supplies:
· some old magazines for collage projects
· 8½x11 white, all-purpose paper or 11x14 sketch pad
· pencil and a pink eraser
· fine point black ink drawing pen
· ruler and a small plastic triangle
· stick-flat paper glue and a roll of tape
· pair of scissors and an exacto knife
1) 2-3 Hands-on Projects and 2 Field Trip written Viewing Assignments = 40% of Quarter Grade.
2) 1 Midterm Exam on Parts II, III, & IV of the textbook and on classroom lectures/discussions on Monday, May 3rd = 30% of Quarter Grade.
3) 1 Final Comprehensive Exam focusing mainly on Part V of the textbook and on classroom lectures/discussions on Monday, June 7th = 30% of Quarter Grade.
Exams are a combination of multiple choice and recall of information.
All written assignments must be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, and have 1"-1.25 margins.
Attendance: Attendance is required. Four (4) or more absences will result in an automatic failure of the course. 3 arrive-late/leave-early incidents will count as 1 absence.
Late work is accepted only up to 3 days late (Wednesday to Monday = 3 days) and will be lowered one grade step for each day the assignment is late.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities who have accommodation needs are required to meet with the Director of Disability Support Services, room B132, (telephone 425 564-2498) to establish their eligibility for accommodation. If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.
Weeks 1-2: LEARNING TO SEE,
A. Perception: 1. Physical & Cultural Aspects of Perception
B. Visual Elements: PART II, CHAPTER 4
1. Line 4. Shape 7. Color
2. Value 5. Mass 8. Time/Motion
3. Lighting 6. Space 9. Texture/Pattern
C. Design Principles: PART II, CHAPTER 5
1. Compositional Format 5. Repetition /Rhythm
2. Unity/Variety 6. Emphasis/Subordination
3. Balance/Weight 7. Complexity/Simplicity
4. Scale/Proportion 8. Relationship to Environment
D. Learning to See through a Critical Review Process: READ ART CRITICISM
Weeks 3-4: TWO-DIMENSIONAL MEDIA
& METHODS: Required
A. Drawing: .Dry and Liquid Media
B. Painting: ..Watercolor, Tempera, Fresco, Encaustic , Oil, Synthetic
C. Printmaking: Relief, Intaglio, Lithography, Silkscreen
D. Camera Arts: ...Photography, Film, Electronic Imaging
E. Graphic Design and Illustration
& METHODS: Required
A. Sculpture:.. Additive & Subtractive Processes (Modeling & Carving), Casting,
Assemblage, Installation, Environmental or Earthworks
B. Crafts: Fiber, Ceramic, Glass
C. Architecture: Load-Bearing Walls, Post & Lintel, The Arch, The Dome,
Vaulting, Iron & Steel Frame, Re-enforced Concrete,
Cantilevering, The Truss, Suspension, Geodesic Domes.
Weeks 5-11: ART HISTORY OVERVIEW: Required
A. Historical Styles in Western Culture
B. General Developments in Non-Western Art
LIST OF GALLERIES & MUSEUMS (Always call for hours/days they are open before visiting)
Kirkland Area Galleries:
Berozkina Gallery 9Lake St. 425-803-5032