SRJC Course Outlines

4/23/2024 12:53:17 PMART 4 Course Outline as of Fall 2012

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ART 4Title:  PRINCIPLES OF COLOR  
Full Title:  Principles of Color
Last Reviewed:9/10/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled4.006 min.Lab Scheduled70.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 175.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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The study and use of color as an element of art and design.  Students are given creative problems exploring the interaction of color and the principles of color harmony.


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of ENGL 1A

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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The study and use of color as an element of art and design.  Students are given creative problems exploring the interaction of color and the principles of color harmony.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Course Completion of ENGL 1A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C1ArtsFall 1990
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3AArtsFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: ARTS 270 Color Theory SRJC Equivalent Course(s): ART4

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Demonstrate perception and awareness of visual elements of color, such as color grading, value, the interaction of color, and color harmony.
2.  Demonstrate perception and awareness of visual relationships which use color as an organizing principle, such as aerial perspective, warm and cool colors, simultaneous contrast, and subtraction principles.
3.  Describe color compositions, both verbally and in writing, using a vocabulary of terms pertaining specifically
to color usage.
4.  Develop hand skills necessary for basic mastery of various color such as pallette knife, pallette, brush, acrylic paint, and painting ground.
5.  Perform analytical operations necessary to color match by applying knowledge of value, hue and saturation.
6.  Make critical aesthetic judgments through critique.
7.  Implement the creative color process which includes both the development of disciplined work habits and the practice of hand skills, as well as risk-taking and experimentation.
8.  Analyze examples of master color usage by contemporary artists and designers.
9. Develop expertise to present work professionally in a portfolio format.
10.  Identify health and safety issues that could arise from the use of color mediums.

Topics and Scope
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The primary intent of Art 4 is visual literacy and performance in color usage using specific media in a studio setting.  This includes:
1. Basic elements of color (value, hue, saturation, color grading), the interaction of color, color harmony, and contrast.
2. Decisions and judgments about elements in color composition.
3. Color techniques and elements
  a. color mixing
  b. color toning
  c. color matching
  d. optical mixing
  e. transparent color
4. Use and care for the tools (paint, medium, brushes, pallette knife etc.)      
5. Introduction ot concepts, elements and art historical precedents of color usage.
6. Color compositional, expressive and technical concepts.
7. Group critique of color problems and assignments.
8. Color systems used by designers and artists including additive and subtractive color mixing, and the color primary system using six primaries.
9. The three main properties of color: hue, value, and saturation.
10. Color wheel, value scale, and studies showing mixtures of tints, shades, and tones.
11. Designer composition of major principles of color harmony: monochrome, analogous, triad, complements, and split-complements.
12. Spatial effects of color including aerial perspective and advancing and receding color illusions.
13. Josef Albers and the relativity and interaction of color, simultaneous contrast, and subtraction principles.
14. Optical color, painterly techniques, and mixing principles.
15. Master colorist deconstruction and homage.

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1. Each portfolio will contain one each of the following assignments:
a. 9-step Gray Scale
b. Cube--3D illusion with value
c. Standards and the six primary system
d. Admising between warm and cool primaries to create various levels of saturation
e. Double primary color wheel
f. Mising tint, tone, shade
g. Chromatic blacks and tones
h. Basic color harmonies and contrasts
i. Discords
j. Building color combinations
k. Abstract composition
l. Transparency and illusion
m. Optical mixing
n. Paint application techniques
o. Artist analysis
p. Color atmosphere and location compositon
q. Portfolio analysis
2. Final Project self-portrait based upon Joseph Alber's ' Homage to the Square'

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 40%
Homework problems and exercises applying principles of color
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 30%
Various color mixing exercises and composition problems.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
30 - 40%
Completed portfolio of work finished over the semester; attendance, growth, and class participation.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Elements of Color.  Itten, J.  Van Nostrum Rienhold:  1970  (Classic)
The Interaction of Color.  Albers, Josef.  Yale University:  2006 (Classic)

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