Art Education 212

ARTE 212: 2-D Media, Materials, and Techniques for the Classroom

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing for Art Ed majors; prerequisite may be waived for education majors outside the visual arts department.

Credit Hours: (3)  Two hours lecture; two hours laboratory. (2-D)

Demonstrations, exercises, studio projects, which explore the elements and principles of design and media, and techniques used in the production of two-dimensional art for future classroom practitioner.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Art 212 is a competency-based course that surveys the media and techniques used in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and other two-dimensional media. To succeed in the course a student must acquire and demonstrate skills/competencies/intellectual concepts associated with the production and critical analysis of the following:


    - Historical Content, Concepts, and Contexts where drawing was/is used.
    - Tools, Techniques and Media which can be applied.
    - Personal Expression/Production.
    - Personal safety and care of tools and materials.


    - Historical Content, Concepts, and Contexts where paintings was/is used.
    - Tools, Techniques and Media which can be applied.
    - Personal Expression/Production.
    - Personal safety and care of tools and materials.


    - Historical Content, Concepts, and Contexts where printmaking was/is used.
    - Tools, Techniques and Media which can be applied.
    - Personal Expression/Production.
    - Personal safety and care of tools and materials.

OTHER TWO-DIMENSIONAL TECHNIQUES/PROCESSES (e.g., collage, papermaking, commercial techniques, computer graphics, etc.).


Course Objectives and Student Outcomes

The course will engage students in the creative process as well as the study and direct application of theory, research, visual arts content, and practices. The intended outcome of these experiences is that the student will:

    - Understand the techniques and processes involved in the production of two-dimensional visual artworks;
    have an experiential basis for future creative work and reflective inquiry concerning the visual arts;
    - Gain awareness of the role that personal experience plays in the individual creative process;
    - Increase the student’s understanding of the concepts related to the creation and critical analysis of two-dimensional artworks;
    - Develop the capacity to see the artistic possibilities in materials not generally considered for art;
    - Aid the development of skills acquired through studio experiences involving the creation of unique two-dimensional visual art forms;
    - Understand each persons individual uniqueness, creative potential and personal ability as an artist and connoisseur;
    - Be able to discuss using defensible criteria and art specific vocabulary his/her aesthetic impressions/experiences of/with a work of art or through a two-dimensional art process.

Style of Teaching : The class consists of two components: lecture and studio lab. Lecture will include multimedia presentations of visual art content, theory and technical explanations. Group work will involve students in discussion of ideas presented. Brief responses written during the lecture will occur when appropriate and will be unannounced prior to class. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions and are encouraged to ask questions at any time.

The studio lab consists of two-dimensional art demonstrations, individual/group studio production, individual/group discussions/critiques of art works produced and fine art objects/reproductions, and scheduled student presentations of solutions and explanations to a variety of visual art projects and problems.

Three to four week sessions will be set for each of the major areas of study. Students will be given regularly scheduled out-of-class assignments to establish habits of perceiving, thinking about and using two-dimensional concepts which they are exposed to in the studio classroom. Emphasis will be placed on using a wide range of visual art sources for examples and content information. Students are urged to use diverse visual art resources, print materials, and electronic databases when preparing class assignments. The instructor encourages personal discovery through the use of such media and materials to gain information about processes, artists and techniques from as many different sources as possible.


Assessment Measures

As stated above, Art 212 is a competency-based course.

Some methods used to assist the instructor in assessing student competencies are:

    - A comprehensive notebook/sketchbook of vocabulary, artists, and stylistic techniques (Discussed at initial class meeting).
    - Class participation and attendance.
    - Quality of ideas, artworks and the execution of them.
    - Uniqueness of work created (original work only; no copy work*), artistic/expressive merit of work created, technical skill and craftsmanship achieved consistency in work quality and effort, preparedness (bringing reading, supplies, and appropriate supplies to class), completion of assignments at scheduled time, and participation in class discussions and critiques.


Written Exams
Response papers to in class discussions (these are unannounced and cannot be made up) and/or reviews of articles, movies, gallery exhibits, or other events with the instructors permission.
Any other creative/life experiences that you wish to include or consider important and discuss with the instructor before they are turned in or are presented in class.

Attendance Policy: Class attendance is essential. Attendance to all scheduled class sessions, and for the entire class time, is required in order that you have the opportunity to hear and discuss all of the lecture material, observe all demonstrations of art processes, and have the appropriate guidance during studio activities. Since there is much to be learned by participating in art processes in a group classroom setting, you will be expected to stay for the entire class, even when the class is devoted solely to studio production. There is no way to ‘make-up’ for the lack of understanding that results from a missed class, demonstrations, or slide/lecture presentations. Since in-class work, discussions and written responses are part of the overall grade, absences will reduce the final earned grade in the class. Excessive absences (more than two) are reported to your advisor and university officials as needed. Missed lectures, class discussions and assignments are the responsibility of the student to acquire and when necessary prepare according to schedule set forth in class for presentation/critique.


Other Course Information

It is apparent that a student will be working with many different types of materials and techniques during this course. A complete assortment of tools and materials needed would be prohibitively expensive. Art 212 assumes that basic techniques and materials can be explored with a minimum of equipment and expense to the student. It is believed that, the fundamental integrity of the learning experience will not be compromised. Students will be provided with a list of materials needed for various assignments.

Review and Approval

October 2, 2012