SRJC Course Outlines

6/25/2024 11:11:18 AMART 4 Course Outline as of Fall 1981

New Course (First Version)

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
Minimum1.50Lab 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:  08 - May Be Taken for a Total of 6 Units
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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The study and use of color as an element of art and design.  Problems exploring the interaction of color and the principles of color harmony. The course is required for the Fine Art Certificate and is accepted for transfer at both the UC and CSU systems.


Recommended Preparation:
Basic interest in art.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Study & use of color as an element of art & design.  Problems exploring the interaction of color & principles of color harmony. The course is required for the Fine Arts Certificate & is accepted for transfer at both UC & CSU systems.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Basic interest in art.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:08 - May Be Taken for a Total of 6 Units


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: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Explore the major color principles used by artists and designers.
2. Use a variety of artmaking tools and media, including water soluble
  pigments and collage, to graphically express color concepts.
3. Develop a working vocabulary of color terms and a first-hand under-
  standing of their meanings.
4. Employ creative thinking skills (non verbal and abstract forms of
  thought) and exercise decision-making skills (aesthetic judgements)
  inherent to the visual arts.
5. Develop visual perception skills to recognize color, pattern and forms
  found in nature and the man-made environment and incorporate them as
  sources for visual imagery.
6. Examine cultural and historical uses of color to gain a greater appre-
  ciation of art and its relationship to today's art.
7. Practice aesthetic criticism and analysis of form by participation in
  class critiques of artwork.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Apply subtractive color mixing principles by using a limited color
   palette consisting of the three primary system.
2.  Create studies which demonstrate the three main properties of color--
   hue, value, and saturation.
3.  Diagram the ordered relationships of color by construction of a color
   wheel, value scale, and graduated studies showing mixtures of tints,
   shades, and tones.
4.  Produce a series of original designs which investigate the major
   principles of color harmony---monochrome, analogous, triad,
   complements, and split-complements.
5.  Investigate the spatial effects of color including aerial perspective
   and demonstrate how color may appear to advance and recede.
6.  Explore the haptic sensations of warm and cool as well as synesthesia
   associations (taste, smell, sound, feel) related to color.
7.  Execute a series of color studies, based on the teachings of Josef
   Albers, which demonstrate the relativity and interaction of color
   simultaneous contrast and subtraction principles.
8.  Analyze the work of George Seurat, and the color theory of other
   pointillists, and then execute color study applying optical color
   mixing principles.
9.  Compare paintings of the French Fauves and the German Expressionists
   and create original color studies which explore the emotional and
   psychological properties of color.
10. After examining the work of several artists who are important for
   their unique use of color, create an interpretive "homage".  Artists
   may include Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Klee, Avery, Rothko
   and others.

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Various color mixing exercises which explore major principles of color
1.  Color wheel
2.  Gray Scale
3.  Tints, Tones, Shades
4.  Hue, Value, Saturation
5.  Color Harmony
6.  Optical Color Mixing
7.  Spatial Aspects of Color
8.  Color Relativity/Color Interaction
9.  Synesthesia
10. Symbolism, Association
11. Expression and Emotional Qualities

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
40 - 60%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 30%
Class performances, Portfolio
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
10 - 30%
A portfolio of completed work will be major basis for course grade. Other factors: attendance, effort, growth, and class participation.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Principles of Color by Farber Birren (recommended)

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