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Winter 2023 Quarter

Course Syllabus

Visual Foundations & Design

Course Syllabus and Supply List 

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Winter 2023 Quarter

Project 2: Golden Section Ratio Fibonacci Sequence Pattern and Type

Mathematically speaking, the Golden Ratio is a ratio of 1 to 1.618, which is also known as the Golden Number in art and design, creating a aesthetically pleasing image through balance and harmony. Symmetry in art is a formal type of balance that consists of mirroring portions of an image. As a general rule, a symmetrical drawing has identical parts mirrored across the symmetry line, implied or actual. Asymmetry is often considered a type of symmetry, while it is actually the lack of it. We can find asymmetry in many natural objects, like trees, cloud shapes, natural water bodies, etc. Balance is the distribution of the visual weight of objects, colors, texture, and space.

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Winter 2023 Quarter

Project 1: Illusion of Depth and Perspective

Linear perspective is a system of creating an illusion of depth on a flat surface. All parallel lines, also known as orthogonals, in a painting or drawing using this system converge in a single vanishing point on the composition’s horizon line. For this specific assignment students will be utilizing their environments around them to create a three-dimensional space onto a two-dimensional surface.

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Winter 2023 Quarter

Project 2: Fibonacci Sequence Lecture

Student’s will explore one or two specific letters from the English alphabet, as a starting point; to investigate each letters symbolical meaning beyond its literal meaning. Students can use any font type, style, standard or cursive text to create their individual works of art. Using your 14in x 17in Vellum Bristol Pad drawing paper, students may select any scale of their choosing. Students have the opportunity to use both the Sharpie Twin and Tip Black Sharpies, a Graphite Pencil and a Helix Locking Compass to create their work of art. Keep in mind to incorporate images and/or references used to complement or balance your letter.

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Winter 2023 Quarter

Project 1: Illusion of Depth and Perspective 
Lecture

Key Design Terms:
Line is the most basic design 'tool' on which almost every piece of art relies. A line has length, width, tone, and texture. It may divide space, define a form, describe contour, or
suggest direction. Linear Perspective is a system of creating an illusion of depth on a flat surface. All parallel
lines (Orthogonals) in a painting or drawing using this system converge in a single vanishing point on the composition’s horizon line.
Atmospheric Perspective, also called aerial perspective is the effect you get when far away objects take on the colors of atmospheric haze.

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