Course Description

Students develop an understanding of the elements of art and principals of design, gaining a visual vocabulary and critical eye. Students will learn about positive and negative space; balance, scale, repetition, and contrast; and color theory. This introductory course focuses on hand-execution of all class exercises. Class includes time in the Museum’s galleries to view artworks and discuss the application of two-dimensional design.

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Elements & Principles of Design/Positive & Negative Space
  • Lesson 2: Principle Focus: Balance, Scale, Proximity, Repetition, Contrast, Variety, Unity & Hierarchy
  • Lesson 3: Color Theory & Relativity

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will have a strong foundation and effective knowledge of the basics and theory of design.


Supplies Instructor Will Provide

  • Black markers of various thicknesses (Sharpies, Micron)
  • Scissors, glue

Supplies for students to purchase

  • 9x12 Sketchbook
  • Pencils, erasers
  • Collage materials (i.e. magazines, fabric, colored papers, photos)

This course can either be taken for credit or clock hours. Credit is available under ART 5206.

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