Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design

Course Code: TDD101
Day: Fri Time: 19:10-21:00 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Summer Instructional Language: English Special Notes: For photographic editing and image research purposes, a computer/iPad will be required occasionally during the course. Location: In-Person (Tokyo)

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Course Description

With an emphasis on creativity and craftsmanship, this introductory course will explore the art elements of: Line, Shape, Value, Texture, and Space. Students will be provided with opportunities to take an innovative, creative and personal approach. Students will also be given instruction and advice on how project work can be presented in a professional manner. Assessments will be through weekly assignments and project presentations.

Required Materials
•1 B4 sketchpad (pads with Watson paper or Fabriano watercolor paper are recommended)
•1 set of Staedlar Mars Lumograph pencils (8B,7B,6B,4B,2B,HB)
•1 Staedlar pencil sharpener
•1 Putty eraser
•1 set of acrylic paints (20ml) various colours
•1 brush (make sure the brush comes to a fine point)

All art materials can be purchased at Seikaido: (total cost: approximately ¥2,500)

Learning Objectives

1. Learn how to employ the following art elements: line, shape, value, texture and space when designing a work of art.

2. Practice the principles of pictorial organization with emphasis on harmony and variety.

3. Understand how balance, movement, proportion, dominance, economy and space affect the unity of a design.

4. Develop a creative and original approach when designing a work of art.

5. Grasp how to articulate one’s own artwork effectively.

Who should take this course

Those who are beginner or budding artists, graphic designers, and/or simply interested in becoming more visually creative.


Jason Murray

Instructor Biography

Jason Murray has worked in Education in schools, colleges and universities in the UK and Japan since 1997. For the most part of his teaching career, he has worked as a Lecturer in English Education in universities at Waseda University and Rikkyo University. His other roles include working as a SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) in primary schools and colleges in the UK. He strongly believes in inclusive teaching where learning environments are cultivated so students are treated equitably and supported in their learning.
When not teaching, Jason likes to indulge in creative pursuits such as drawing. He gained a degree in graphics at Bristol University and after obtaining an MA in visual arts at the University of Arts, London in 2017, specialising in rotoscope animation, he continues his art-making practice with independent projects. Exploring aspects of Japanese culture, its social history and geography predominantly occupy his practice. An on-going project titled, Once Useful which began in 2016, explicates abandoned, uninhabited, derelict Japanese and British architecture. Fortunately for Jason, the on-going project ties in with another of his interests, cyclogeography. He has always been a strong advocator of cycling as a means to improve biodiversity and as a result, reduce noise and air pollution.