The Foundation Review is a formal portfolio evaluation that all art department faculty give to each Art Major after completing the Foundation courses (AR100: Drawing I, AR202: Drawing II, AR201: Color Composition, AR106: 3-D Design, and AR104: 2-D Design). Art majors who do not pass or register for for their Foundation Review will not be able to enroll in upper level art studios. Questions? Contact Professor Katherine E. Smith, Foundation Coordinator, River Campus, Room 042A. 573-651-2662 or email kesmith@semo.edu

  • After completing the five foundations courses, all art majors (BFA, BA, and BS Art Education) must enroll for their Foundation Review (AR001) the following semester. The Foundation Review (AR001) is a non-credit, required course for graduation as an art major. Four exercises (as specified by the rubric included below) from EACH Foundation course will be used for your portfolio evaluation, totaling 20 artworks
  • Foundation Review exercises will be displayed for evaluation at the River Campus, in the hallway next to the art studios and reviewed by all full time art faculty.

Linear Perspective: Exemplifies an understanding of 1, 2, and 3 point perspective to create a representational illusion of three-dimensional objects, foreshortening, and spatial relationships

Composition: Exemplifies an understanding of harmoniously balanced groupings of objects and figure/ground spatial relationships.

Line Quality: Exemplifies an understanding of the descriptive nature of line in defining form, texture, and value of objects.

Value: Exemplifies an understanding of the full range of value and its ability to create the illusion of three-dimensional form and spatial depth.

Drawing I AR 100 General Project Description 1
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Line Quality
Example
uses descriptive and expressive line to represent forms in space. POOR example of descriptive or expressive line to represent forms. AVERAGE example of descriptive or expressive line to represent forms. ABOVE AVERAGE example of descriptive or expressive line to represent forms. EXCELLENT example of descriptive or expressive line to represent forms.
Value
Example
Using a full value range and cross contour to create spatial depth and 3D volume. POOR example of full value range, creating 3D volume and spacial depth. AVERAGE example of full value range, creating 3D volume and spacial depth. ABOVE AVERAGE example of full value range, creating 3D volume and spacial depth. EXCELLENT example of full value range, creating 3D volume and spacial depth.
Linear Perspective
Example
Use of 1, 2 point perspective to create spatial depth and foreshortened geonetric and organic projects. POOR example of spatial depth, foreshortened geometric and organic objects. AVERAGE example of spatial depth, foreshortened geometric and organic objects. ABOVE AVERAGE example of spatial depth, foreshortened geometric and organic objects. EXCELLENT example of spatial depth, foreshortened geometric and organic objects.
Composition (Accurate Structure, Proportion, Scale, Utilization of Figure/Ground, Positive/Negative Spaces)
Example
Demonstrates an understanding of accurate sighting of objects and placing them in a unified, balanced and structural composition. POOR example of accurate sighting of objects and space, and utilization of f/g, pos/neg spaces/objects. AVERAGE example of accurate sighting of objects and space, and utilization of f/g, pos/neg spaces/objects. ABOVE AVERAGE example of accurate sighting of objects and space, and utilization of f/g, pos/neg spaces/objects. EXCELLENT example of accurate sighting of objects and space, and utilization of f/g, pos/neg spaces/objects.

(Assignments completed in Black and White and employ non-objective imagery)

Balance and Figure/Ground Spatial Relationships: Exemplifies an understanding of asymmetrical balance and spatial relationships using the elements and principles of design.

Texture: Exemplifies an understanding of the relationships and importance of actual, visual, and invented textures in design.

Orientation, Continuity, and Movement: Exemplifies an understanding of the importance of and ability to create dynamic design through movement, orientation, and continuity.

Unity, Variety, and Emphasis: Exemplifies an understanding of Gestalt theory through the use of the elements and principles of design.

2-D Design AR104 General Project Description 1
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Balance, Figure/Ground (Positive/Negative) Space Relationships
Example
Using asymmetrical balance, create a black and white design that demonstrates f/g relationships with attention to craft. POOR concept of figure/ground relationships or asymmetrical balance. AVERAGE concept of figure/ground relationships or asymmetrical balance. ABOVE AVERAGE concept of figure/ground relationships or asymmetrical balance. EXCELLENT concept of figure/ground relationships or asymmetrical balance.
Texture
Example
Demonstrate the relationship between physical, visual and invented textures with attention to craft. POOR use of visual textures AVERAGE use of visual textures. ABOVE AVERAGE use of visual textures. EXCELLENT use of visual textures.
Unity/Variety and Emphasis (Using aspects of Gestalt: Grouping, Repetition, Proximity, Continuity, and/or Closure)
Example
Create a design that has a focal point or area of emphasis with attention to craft. POOR ability to create unity/variety with a focal point or area of emphasis and attention to craft. AVERAGE ability to create unity/variety with a focal point or area of emphasis and attention to craft. ABOVE AVERAGE ability to create unity/variety with a focal point or area of emphasis and attention to craft. EXCELLENT ability to create unity/variety with a focal point or area of emphasis and attention to craft.
Orientation, Continuity and Movement
Example
Create a design with orientation, continuity, movement, and balance with attention to craft. POOR use of orientation, continuity, movement and attention to craft. AVERAGE use of orientation, continuity, movement and attention to craft. ABOVE AVERAGE use of orientation, continuity, movement and attention to craft. EXCELLENT use of orientation, continuity, movement and attention to craft.

In The Round: Exemplifies the subtractive processes in the round with an emphasis on positive/negative space, concave/convex form, surface variety, continuity, and craft.

Planar: Exemplifies the additive processes of planar compositions with an emphasis on angles, variety, repetition, light and/or color, continuity, joints, structure, and craft.

Line Quality: Exemplifies an understanding of line quality using additive processes, with an emphasis on line weight, character, variety, connections and craft.

Relief and Texture: Exemplifies an understanding of relief and texture with emphasis on high and low relief, repetition, variety, and craft, using only subtractive processes.

3-D Design AR106 General Project Description 1
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In The Round
Example
Demonstrate the subtractive processes in the round with an emphasis on positive/negatives space, concave/convex form, surface variety, continuity, and craft. POOR use of surface variety, special continuity, and craft. AVERAGE use of surface variety, special continuity, and craft. ABOVE AVERAGE use of surface variety, special continuity, and craft. EXCELLENT use of surface variety, special continuity, and craft.
Planar
Example
Demonstrate the additive processes of planar compositions with an emphasis on angles, variety, repetition, light and/or color, continuity, joints, structure, and craft. POOR use of angle variety, structural continuity, and craft. AVERAGE use of angle variety, structural continuity, and craft. ABOVE AVERAGE use of angle variety, structural continuity, and craft. EXCELLENT use of angle variety, structural continuity, and craft.
Line Quality
Example
Demonstrate an understanding of line quality using additive processes, with an emphasis on line weight, character, variety, connections and craft. POOR use of line variety, special continuity, and craft. AVERAGE use of line variety, special continuity, and craft. ABOVE AVERAGE use of line variety, special continuity, and craft. EXCELLENT use of line variety, special continuity, and craft.
Relief and Texture
Example
Using subtractive processes, demonstrate an understanding of relief and texture with emphasis on high and low relief, repetition, variety and craft. POOR use of high and low relief, special continuity, and craft. AVERAGE use of high and low relief, special continuity, and craft. ABOVE AVERAGE use of high and low relief, special continuity, and craft. EXCELLENT use of high and low relief, special continuity, and craft.

Color Schemes: Exemplifies an understanding of the color wheel, subtractive color, and the relationships and affects of one color to another.

Color Interactions: Exemplifies an understanding of how one color interacts with one another, creating shifts in value and hue.

Optical Color Mixing: Exemplifies an understanding of optical mixing of colors, the placement of one color next to another creating a secondary or tertiary color.

Color and Composition: Exemplifies an understanding of the visual weight, balance, distribution, proportion, and emphasis of colors to create a harmonious composition.

Color Composition AR201 General Project Description 1
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Color Schemes: (Monochromatic, Analogous, Complementary, Neutrals, Triadic)
Example
Demonstrate an understanding of color scheme(s) through the use of subtractive color with attention to craft. POOR example of color scheme(s) and attention to craft. AVERAGE example of color scheme(s) and attention to craft. ABOVE AVERAGE example of color scheme(s) and attention to craft. EXCELLENT example of color scheme(s) and attention to craft.
Optical Color Mixing
Example
Demonstrate an understanding of optical color mixing using dots, dashes, marks of color with attention to craft as appropriate to the medium. POOR example of optical color mixing, with little or no attention to craft. AVERAGE example of optical color mixing, with little or no attention to craft. ABOVE AVERAGE example of optical color mixing, with little or no attention to craft. EXCELLENT example of optical color mixing, with little or no attention to craft.
Color Interactions
Example
Demonstrate an understanding of color interactions causing color/values to be relative to colors/values surrounding them, with attention to craft. POOR example of attention to craft, color distribution, visual weight, proportion, and emphasis in a composition. AVERAGE example of attention to craft, color distribution, visual weight, proportion, and emphasis in a composition. ABOVE AVERAGE example of attention to craft, color distribution, visual weight, proportion, and emphasis in a composition. EXCELLENT example of attention to craft, color distribution, visual weight, proportion, and emphasis in a composition.
Composition and Color
Example
Demonstrate an understanding of visual weight, balance, distribution, proportion, and emphasis using color in composition with attention to craft. POOR examples of attention to craft, color distribution, visual weight, proportion, and emphasis in a composition. AVERAGE examples of attention to craft, color distribution, visual weight, proportion, and emphasis in a composition. ABOVE AVERAGE examples of attention to craft, color distribution, visual weight, proportion, and emphasis in a composition. EXCELLENT examples of attention to craft, color distribution, visual weight, proportion, and emphasis in a composition.

Gestural Studies: Exemplifies the ability to use quick dynamic and expressive line to accurately describe and capture the energy of the figure in space.

Shape, Form, and Plane: Exemplifies the ability to use value, form, and shape to accurately represent the three-dimensional volume of the figure.

Figure in Composition: Exemplifies an understanding of the relationship between the figure and its spatial environment, representing balance and context.

Figure proportion and foreshortening: Exemplifies the ability to accurately and proportionally represent the figure in foreshortened contexts.

Drawing II AR 202 General Project Description 1
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Figure Proportion, Foreshortening
Example
Demonstrate an ability to represent the figure with accurate proportions and foreshortening. POOR example of proportion and freshortening. AVERAGE example of proportion and freshortening. ABOVE AVERAGE example of proportion and freshortening. EXCELLENT example of proportion and freshortening.
Gestural Studies
Example
Demonstrate an ability to use dynamic and expressive line, describing the figure in space with accurate proportions. POOR example of gestural line, proportions. AVERAGE example of gestural line, proportions. ABOVE AVERAGE example of gestural line, proportions. EXCELLENT example of gestural line, proportions.
Shape, Form, Plane
Example
Use of value, plane and accurate proportions to describe 3D volume of the figure. POOR example of 3D volume, use of plane, value and accurate figure proportion. AVERAGE example of 3D volume, use of plane, value and accurate figure proportion. ABOVE AVERAGE example of 3D volume, use of plane, value and accurate figure proportion. EXCELLENT example of 3D volume, use of plane, value and accurate figure proportion.
Figure in Composition
Example
Demonstrate the understanding of figure/ground (positive/negative) relationships, balance, unity/variety and cropping. POOR example of figure/ground (pos/neg) relationships, balance, unity/variety, cropping. AVERAGE example of figure/ground (pos/neg) relationships, balance, unity/variety, cropping. ABOVE AVERAGE example of figure/ground (pos/neg) relationships, balance, unity/variety, cropping. EXCELLENT example of figure/ground (pos/neg) relationships, balance, unity/variety, cropping.

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