In this year-long course, students are challenged to explore the use of art as a vehicle for communication. Various media are used in familiar and new ways to solve project assignments. With an expanding understanding of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design concepts, students analyze how their intentional choices influence the content and effect of their artwork. Comparing their choices with artists from other time periods and places invites a sense of relevance and connection. Specific projects include contour and gesture drawing (self-portrait, still life and landscape), painting, sculpture, relief printing, design, ceramics, ink painting and fiber art.