Foundations in Art

This entry-level course in studio art prepares students to take additional electives in art (Photography, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, etc.). This course introduces students to basic concepts and techniques of 2D and 3D art and design. Students work from direct observation, and develop language to understand and describe what they see. They learn how to look for design elements and techniques and learn about color theory. Students learn about the nature of working in three dimensions and are introduced to drawing, painting and sculpture media, which include: pencil, charcoal and chalk drawing, watercolor, gouache, acrylic and sculpture techniques. Students learn how to evaluate their own work and others’ by participating in class critiques. Weekly sketchbook assignments are required. Note that students may choose either Foundations in Art or Art I to fulfill prerequisites for Studio Art classes. (Semester, .50 credit)