Courses specifically designed to introduce students to creative practice in the visual arts. While these courses are accessible to non-art majors wishing to learn more about art, they are equally valuable for prospective art majors wishing to build a solid foundation in design theory, color theory, and observational drawing. Note that AR 133, Drawing, is a required course for studio art majors.
AR 131- Visual Concepts - 4
An introduction to the study of visual relationships on a two-dimensional plane. Through guided exercises using both drawing and design mediums, the course builds understanding of principles of design and composition, as well as skills in perception, visual thinking, problem solving, and creativity. Drawing from observation, conceptual research, and manipulation of visual elements are integrated in this course.
Fulfills arts requirement. Lab fee: $25
AR 132 - Form and Space - 4
Fundamental study of form in three dimensions. This course develops understanding of formal visual concepts as well as skills in perception, visual thinking, problem solving, and creativity. Drawing as a means to translate ideas into three-dimensional form; processes using minimal tools and easily worked materials; and working methods that emphasize planning, study, and experimentation form the basis for this course.
Fulfills arts requirement. Lab fee: $50
AR 133 - Drawing - 4
An expanded study of principles introduced in AR131. This course builds on basic drawing experiences, refining skills in observation, organization, interpretation, and critical analysis. Studio work introduces a range of traditional drawing tools and materials while exploring a variety of approaches to image making and visual expression.
Prerequisite: AR131. Fulfills arts requirement. Lab fee: $25
AR 134 - Color - 4
An introduction to the study of color in studio art. This course develops understanding of the characteristics of color through color theory, observation, organization, and experimentation, and builds skills in perception, visual thinking, and creativity. Guided exercises explore the role of color in compositional relationships, the psychological and expressive effects of color, and the physical properties of color mixing.
Lab fee: $25