Instructor Christopher Cryer
Title Art Faculty
Office Phone (408) 741-4013
Office Address 14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070
Office Hours 10:30 – 10:55  M,T,W,Th  Cilker 120a

2:10 – 2:50 M,W    Cilker 103b

Location Clicker 120a and Cilker 115
Times In Person:  Tuesday/Thursday Lecture 2:10-3:10Online Lab: 4-hours per week

Homework: 2-hours per week

Start Date 01/29/2015
Course Credits 3 units
Notes Office Hours are held Cilker 120a


Required Text 

Design Basics, Paperback – November 7, 2007 by David A. Lauer (Author), Stephen Pentak (Author)

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the principles, elements, and terminology of two-dimensional design. A wide variety of media will be used. Pass/No Pass Option. Transfer: UC/CSU

Course Objectives

A. Demonstrate understanding of the principles and elements of design through completion of various projects.
B. Create a composition using a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional materials.
C. Choose appropriate media and materials needed to solve a design problem while making the strongest possible statement.
D. Assess how design relates to a multitude of disciplines such as, film, computer, interior design, visual art, etc.
E. Analyze the principles and elements of design in any medium, orally and in writing.
F. Evaluate work in terms of strengths and goals, orally, and in writing.
G. Examine The relationship of form to concept in a design.
H. Assemble a color wheel and value scale.
I. Examine, compare and analyze historical and contemporary examples of two-dimensional art, within a global context.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Outcome: Create an art project that uses the elements of design point, line, plane, value, and other design principles of organization. Assessment:Finished project.

2. Outcome: Evaluate work in terms of elements, principles, strengths and goals. Assessment:Oral and written assignments.

Tentative Schedule

In Person:  Tuesday/Thursday Lecture 2:10-3:10

Online Lab: 4-hours per week

Homework: 2-hours per week

Course Requirements

ONLINE Lab Practices: E-mail Students use ANGEL to email instructor with questions about any aspect of the course or its materials, and may be assigned to email the instructor as part of a particular assignment.
Online Course Management System Students access ANGEL for course materials, videos of lecture, study guides, and other student resources. This also where links to relevant lecture and lab content is provided. Student has access to their grades, and progress reports for the class.
Lab Activities Students work on an assortment of lab exercises relating to the lab content. For review, as part of the lab, students post their work into the discussion forums.
Discussion Forum Student posts weekly lab assignments to the discussion forum. Student is required to offer peer critique to other students’ works based on assignment’s requirements.
Videos Videos relating to lecture content are used present course topics. These are included for each Module and may happen on a bi-weekly basis.

Supply List:
•      Adobe Photoshop 

•     USB drive or Cloud Drive (e.g. dropbox, Goodle drive, etc)

•     Sketchbook (Mixed Media Paper)

•     Sharpies or Copics (thin and thick tipped)

•     Watercolors (basic set)

•     Optional:  Water Color Pencils, Gouache Paints, India Ink & Brush

Course Links

Grading Policy

Lecture Notes: 10%

Online Discussion Forums: 20%

Projects: 50%

Quizzes: 20%

Attendance Policy

Student Attendance Policy (from the WVC Catalog, p. 182) Students are expected to attend all sessions of each class. Instructors may drop students from the class if they fail to attend the first class meeting, or when accumulated unexcused hours of absences exceed ten percent of the total number of hours the class meets during the semester. Moreover, an instructor may drop from the class any student who fails to attend at least one class session during the first three weeks of instruction.

Academic Integrity

Note: The College’s policy on academic dishonesty covers in-class cheating, out-of-class cheating, plagiarism, and furnishing false information. I strongly encourage you to reference this policy in your syllabus. In particular, I urge you to include a definition of plagiarism (found in the policy) AND educate your students about plagiarism when appropriate. Purdue University has a good website that explains to students what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. The URL is

Disability Policy

WVC makes reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. College materials may be made available in alternate formats if requested (Braille, audio, electronic or large print). For assistance, please contact the Disability and Educational Support Program at 741-2010 or 741-2658 (TTY).


If you have a complaint or someone has shared information with you about unlawful discrimination or sexual harassment, contact the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources at West Valley-Mission Community College District, Human Resources Department, (408-741-2060). If the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources is not available, contact the President at 408-741-2097.Changes to the Syllabi
The instructor may make changes to the syllabus during the semester. It is the student¹s responsibility to stay informed of these changes. Students may contact the instructor during office hours and before/after class, time permitting. Students may also wish to have a study partner whom they can contact if they miss class.Important Phone Numbers
Emergency: 911
College/District Police: 741-2092
Health Services: 741-2027