Art-190 Foundations Proficiency Review Exhibition Guidelines and Requirements

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It is an Art Department policy that all Art Majors, upon completion of ART-101 Art Studio Foundations I and ART-102 Art Studio Foundations II, will enroll in ART-190 Foundations Proficiency Review Exhibition.

The Studio Foundations Committee is submitting the following Intermediate set of Guidelines and Requirements for the current Spring 2014 Studio Art Foundations students.

ART-101 Art Studio Foundations I :

Students must submit (2) two properly matted and presented* drawings from the course to be a part of their ART-190 proficiency review exhibition, one of which must be drawn using a color medium.

ART-102 Art Studio Foundations II :

Students must submit (2) two properly matted and presented* drawings from the course to be a part of their ART-190 proficiency review exhibition, one of which must be drawn using a color medium.

Fifth Piece :

Students must select a fifth piece, properly matted and presented*, from either ART-101 or ART-102 for inclusion in the proficiency exhibition. Whether that piece is in color or not is entirely left up to the student’s discretion.

Proficiency Paper / Essay :

Each student will select one of the five pieces they have on exhibition and write a one page (maximum) essay about the selected piece. At minimum, students are to answer the following questions in regard to the selected piece. Answers to the questions below are put into paragraph form and not simply to be yes or no answers. When discussing the work, students are to use the vocabulary terms covered in the above classes. Please feel free to provide additional information.

  1. Identify the work (which of the five pieces is it?)
  2. What is the medium? (graphite, ink, pastels, water-soluble crayons, charcoal on paper, etc.)
  3. What is the subject of the work (portrait, narrative, still life, non-objective, etc.)
  4. What is the content of the work? (what is it about?)
  5. What is the psychological or emotive impact of the work? How does the work make you feel?
  6. How have you used the elements and materials effectively to convey your ideas?
  7. Describe the work:
  • What is the compositional balance?
  • What is the dominant area?
  • How have you established movement and direction?
  • How have you used the art elements? (line, value, shape, texture, color)

• Students have two choices for presentation of these drawings. In either case the presentation must be “exhibit-able” – clean, sturdy, and well crafted. The first option is to mat the drawing with a bevel cut window mat with even 3 inch margins all around, using white mat board, and mounted on a white foam core backing board. The second option, when it is appropriate to the artwork, is to mount it to a black foam core board so that it is perfectly flat, with even 3 inch margins all around.

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