SRJC Course Outlines

6/22/2024 10:12:01 AMART 4 Course Outline as of Fall 2006

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 Scheduled4.003 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.  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:

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.
(Grade or P/NP)

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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1.  Develop perception and awareness of visual elements of color, such
as color grading, value, the interaction of color and color harmony.
2.  Develop perception and awareness of visual relationships which use
color as an organizing principle such as ariel perspective, warm and cool
colors, simultaneous contrast, and subtraction principles.
3.  Become familiar with and able to describe color compositions, both
verbally and in writing using vocabulary of terms pertaining specifically
to color usage.
4.  Develop hand skills necessary for basic mastery of various color
tools and media, dry and liquid.
5.  Develop and exercise ability to perform analytical operations
necessary to color match by understanding value, hue and saturation.
6.  Exercise ability to make critical aesthetic judgments through class
7.  Cultivate an understanding of 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.  Examine and analyze examples of master color usage based on
contemporary artists and designers.
9.  Define health and safety issues that could arise from the use of
color mediums.  Train students to use pigments, mediums and other color
agents safely.

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.  The ability to recognize the basic elements of color (value, hue,
saturation, color grading, the interaction of color and color harmony.
2.  The ability to make aesthetic decisions and judgments about these
elements in color composition.
3.  The ability to perform specific techniques to demonstrate these
elements: color mixing, color toning, optical color toning, color
matching, optical mixing, transparent color washes.
4.  The ability to intelligently use and care for the tools of Art 4.
Paint, medium, brushes, palette knife, etc.
The scope and sequence of the course will be presented as follows:
1.  Through lectures and slide lectures concerning the condepts, elements
and art historical precedents of color usage.
2.  Through lecture/demonstrations of the proper use of materials and
3.  Through student practice and demonstration of color compositional,
expressive and technical concepts.
4.  Through evaluative one-on-one discussions with individual students.
5.  Through group critique discussions and presentations of in-class
and homework of color problems and assignments.
Specific areas of study within Art 4 include:
1.  Present and discuss the color systems used by designers and artists
including additive and subtractive color mixing, light vs. pigment and
the color primary systems using three or six primaries.
2.  Apply subtractive color mixing principles by using a limited color
palette consisting of the double primary system.
3.  Create studies which demonstrate the three main properties of color:
hue, value, and saturation.
4.  Diagram the ordered relationships of color by construction of a
color wheel, value scale, and graduate studies showing mixtures of tints,
shades, and tones.
5.  Produce a series of original designs which investigate the major
principles of color harmony: monochrome, analogous, triad, complements,
and split-complements.
6.  Investigate the spatial effects of color including aeral perspective
and demonstrate how color may appear to advance and recede.
7.  Explore the haptic sensations of warm and cool as well as synesthesia
associations (taste, smell, sound, feel) related to color.
8.  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.
9.  Analyze the work of George Seurat, and the color theory of other
pointillists, and then execute color study applying optical color,
painterly techniques, and mixing principles.
10. Compare paintings of the French Fauves and the German Expressionists
and create original color studies which explore the emotional and
psychological properties of color.
11. 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 and composition problems which explore
major principles of color including:
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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The Interaction of Color, Josef Albers, Yale University, 1975
The Elements of Color, J. Itten, Van Nostrum Rienhold, 1970

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