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Course Description:

Through a sequential study of artistic elements, art media, drawing and painting techniques and art criticism, this course introduces students to the fundamentals of studio art. Students will be encouraged to explore media and think, talk and write about art. Students will build foundation skills, as well as the beginning of a portfolio, through hands-on practice and assignments. Through a variety of drawing and painting lessons, mostly based on perception, students will study line, shape and form, focusing on light, tonal drawing and linear and atmospheric perspective in black and white and color. Students will gain historical and cultural knowledge through their course readings and the visit to the museums. Students will learn about art criticism to evaluate self and other’s works.

Students need to purchase their own set of art media. Students need to digitally document and post their work online for critiquing and 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.

Note: this course has required video components.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in The Arts.

This online course is offered through Online 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.

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Liberal Study
Lower Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: The Arts-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Summer. Fall 1.

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