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Explore the formal elements of art, the principles of design, and the different media that artists use. Gain insight into the process of artistic creation, including questioning, exploration, trial and error and discovery. The course is organized around five main themes: 1) The Visual World: Understanding the Art You See, 2) The Formal Elements and Their Design: Describing the Art You See, 3) The Fine Arts Media: Learning How Art is Made, 4) The Visual Arts in Everyday Life: Recognizing the Art of Design, 5) The Visual Record: Placing the Arts in Historical Context. Students will learn how artists use formal elements of design and the unique characteristics of each medium to make a work of art, apply principles of design, appreciate how making art is a process that involves critical thinking and problem-solving skills that relate to their own life experiences and develop an awareness of the social contexts in which works of art are created. Assignments include not only reading, writing and discussion, but also several hands-on creative projects intended to enrich the students' actual experience of art materials, methods and problem-solving processes.
Note: students are required to digitize and post their work online for evaluation; thus, students will need access to a digital camera or a scanner and the digital capacity to submit print material online as low-resolution JPEG images. This course has a required video component.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in The Arts.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Theory, Structure & Change
Meets General Education Requirement In: The Arts-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Mar. May. Sep. Nov.
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