1. View From My Window : Figure-Ground Relationships
    Concepts Covered: Shape (Organic, Geometric), Picture Plane, Picture Frame, Figure-Ground (Obvious, Ambiguous), Unity, Economy
  2. Aural Topographies
    Concepts Covered:  Line, Rhythm, Repetition, Monotony, Variety, Pattern and Texture
  3. Value-Added Portraits
    Concepts Covered: Value, grayscale, achromatic, emphasis, contrast, shadow, highlight, narrow value, broad value, high key, low key, mixed key, open-value composition, closed-value composition, scale, visual hierarchy, movement.
  4. Saturation Studies
    Concepts Covered: Hue, Saturation, Prismatic Color, Muted Color, Chromatic Gray, Achromatic Gray, Luminosity, Primary Colors, Secondary Colors, Complementary Colors, Warm, Cool.
  5. Color Interaction Pairings
    Concepts Covered: Simultaneous Contrast, After Images, Optical Mixing, Complementary Colors, Temperature, Psychology of Color
  6. Color Harmony
    Concepts Covered: Analogous, Complements, Near-Complements, Split-Complements, Tonal Progression, Shades, Tints, Proportion (scale, interval), Triadic Color System
  7. Final Project
    Bringing it all together: Concept, Form, Content


Assignments will be collected or critiqued at the beginning of each class (when attendance is taken) on the due date. If you miss a class on a day that an assignment is due and do not make prior arrangements to turn in your work, you will not receive credit for the assignment. Points are taken away from your final grade for any assignment turned in late or inadequately or partially completed. Only assignments that strictly adhere to documented instructions and are presented in a clean, professional manner will be accepted for credit.

Every assignment’s creative process will be documented in your Creative Process Book (sketch book) and should demonstrate:

  1. Research or Inspiration
  2. Experimentation or Iteration
  3. Development of Skill and Craft
  4. Expression of Form, Emotions, Concepts, and Voice
  5. Thoughtful Assessment (verbal and written)
  6. Significant work hours committed
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