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Drawing and Design Principles (ART 119)

A studio art class introducing students to the fundamental concepts of drawing and design. Drawing concepts covered will include contour, structure, value, form, and perspective. Students will be introduced to the principles and elements of design to understand the language of visual communication and master the skills of composition. Fee required. (Due to limited availability, only art majors may register online.)

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisites None
Offered Fall, Winter
Programs -

Course Outcomes:

Comprehension of Color

  • Color Theory: Understand the way color affects communication. Demonstrate the ability to communicate through color.
  • Color Mixing: Demonstrate the ability to mix colors to achieve the color, hue, saturation, and value of choice.
  • Color Harmonies: Understand the basic color harmonies along with the benefits and challenges that come with each one.

Comprehension of Composition

  • Gestalt Theory: Demonstrate an ability to use the following principles in Gestalt Theory. Similarity, Continuation, Closure, Proximity, Figure/Ground.
  • Elements & Principles: Demonstrate the ability to control the various of design elements and principles in a composition. Understand the ways that each one impacts the communication of the composition.
  • Layout Creates Meaning: Understand the way that composition effects tone, adds emphasis to meaning, and adds focus to a design.
  • Develop your voice: Evolve over time the ability to add one's own style and expression to complex designs.

Demonstration of Craftsmanship

  • Attention to Detail: Demonstrate the ability to craft high quality work. Pay attention to the smallest details. Avoid sloppy edges, glue marks, and strive for the best presentation of your work.