In the Visual & Performing Arts Department, Graphic Arts classes are offered to students as part of the Visual Arts major. As a foundational element of the visual arts, graphic arts historically focused on tone, line and the arrangement of visual material, and has further expanded in the digital environment with more complexity for communicating visual material.
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Drawing (Disegno), Illustration, Animation, Calligraphy
The term 'graphic art' (a derivation from the German Graphik, originating from graphikos, the Greek for drawing) commonly denotes those forms of visual expression that depend for their effect on line and tone (disegno), not colour (colorito). The main classical type of graphic art is drawing, which includes cartoons, caricature, comic strips and animation, as well as line drawings and sketching with pencil or charcoal, and pen and ink. Graphic art also denotes those art forms involved in printmaking, such as etching and engraving, including drypoint. Postmodern forms include the word art of Christopher Wool (b.1955) - characterized by monumental black stencilled letters arranged on a geometric grid - and the conceptual graphic art of Barbara Kruger (b.1945). Although always a type of visual art, graphic artworks can also (depending on the application) be classified as applied art (if design-oriented), or fine art (if stand-alone). More at the link below.
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