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Art Unplugged: New Composition & Color Course at York Tech Shows Promise

April 1, 2010

ROCK HILL—York Technical College's Composition & Color course—part of the Digital Design certificate program—has been reinvented this spring as a "computer-free" art studio class with great results. The course, ARV 123, was taught previously in the computer graphics lab before being moved to a new art studio in a converted biology lab. The idea to make it into a hands-on course came as a result of articulation discussions with Winthrop University.

The syllabus remains the same, encompassing the art elements of form, line, shape, value, texture, color and space, only it does so now without any reliance on technology and under the guidance of art instructor Gary Luciano, who has been teaching Color & Composition at York Tech since 2008.

“The students are artists who are now transfixed into learning about form, design and color using their colored pencils, water colors and pastels," said Luciano. "I'm only trying to explain that the idea of art begins first and foremost in the mind and then may be put to paper in a sketch form before they jump to any computer graphics program like Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Flash, etc. While these programs are not only important, but mandatory, in today’s job market, my passion and dedication to teaching Composition & Color without computers is rooted in the need to show them how to think first, how to plan the project, how to sketch thumbnails with pencil and then execute it without having to resort to a Google search, for instance." 

The course is not a drawing course, Luciano said, students aren’t graded on how well they draw but on how well they understand the art fundamentals.

Luciano is a graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston. Al Capp, creator of “Lil Abner,” America’s most read newspaper comic strip from the 1930s to the 1970s, was his illustration teacher and mentor. He has been a graphic artist for 30 years, 20 of those with The Boston Globe and the last 10 with companies like Home Depot and Bank of America. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he now works as a marketing graphic designer for a local business. Visit his blog at garyluciano.wordpress.com or his graphic design studio at cedar8creative.blogspot.com.

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