Fundamentals of Two-Dimensional Art I
I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 105
Course Name: Fundamentals of Two-Dimensional Art I
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 6 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
1. Student will indicate a working knowledge of the visual vocabulary of 2 dimensional art.
2. Student will list and identify, through visual examples, the art elements of: line, shape, form, value, color, texture and space.
3. Student will list and identify, through visual example, concepts of “depth in plastic illusion” of: linear perspective, atmospheric perspective, chiaroscuro, position, size, color, overlap, and transparency.
(The following objectives all constitute the use of original art work to solve specific visual problem assignments)
4. Student will design and compose artwork, through tactile and digital applications, that examines and illustrates …
a. Positive and negative space
b. Line; qualities, characteristics and mood
c. Value; approaches to creating form
d. Texture; actual, simulated, invented
5. Color; color wheel, mixing to create secondaries and intermediates, color grays and browns
6. Composition; symmetrical, asymmetrical radial, spiral, and crystallographic
5. Student will objectively critique his/her and others’ art work
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
1. Linear perspective
2. Atmospheric perspective/chiaroscuro
3. Size relationships
4. Position on the picture plane
5. Color relationships
B. Elements of Design (General)
C. Elements of Design (Specific)
a. Organization: picture plane
i. picture frame
ii. positive and negative space
b. Principles of organization: harmony and variety
i. rhythm and repetition
a. Physical characteristics of line
d. character media
ii. Use of line
b. plastic mass
c. expressive qualities
b. Use of Shapes
iii. biomorphic shapes
iv. geometric shapes
v. decorative shapes
vi. edges of shapes
c. Use of value
i. value pattern contrast
ii. shadow highlight
iii. chiaroscuro shading
iv. local value
v. expressive qualities
d. Use of texture
i. actual collage
ii. simulated Trompe l'oeil
e. Uses of color
i. color theory
ii. color mixing tints, hues, tones
iii. color relationships
iv. color schemes
v. expressive/compositional qualities
i. Methods of creating space
(See "A." depth in plastic illusion)
d. crystalographic pattern
1. Visual excitement through contrast, balance through contrast
2. Design principles explored
m. Contrasts in direction
E. Health and Safety Issues
1. Proper use of materials
2. Clean-up procedures
3. Venting of aerosol dispersoids
4. Proper storage practices (including flammable and/or toxic materials)
5. Ethical and legal considerations for disposal
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course is taught face-to-face.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
A. Attend all critiques as scheduled
B. Do all homework assignments
C. Produce all major area assignments for critique on-time
D. Engage in critique sessions
E. Demonstrate understanding of related art elements
F. Demonstrate technical proficiency in media covered
IX. Instructional Materials
A. Illustration board
B. Permanent markers
C. Ink (brush & pen)
D. Drawing boards, T squares, triangles and shape templates
H. Gouache (designer's colors) or Acrylics
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
B. Also informal, one on one, non-graded critiques as work develops are integral to the course structure.
*Final portfolio review/evaluation with instructor (instructor's and/or Art Faculty Committee’s option)
C. Attendance is mandated by instructor.
D. Critiques are given and therefore attendance at critique time is mandatory. Art work not presented in critique will be graded one half letter lower for each class date late.
E. Plagiarism of another's art work constitutes fraud and will result in failure.
F. Test, exams, quizzes are at the discretion of instructor.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.