Instructor: Brian Kelley
Fridays, 10am - 1pm
This course, required for certificate students but recommended for all, is an introduction to visual design which is the underpinning of all good painting. Students will be working with 2-dimensional media to learn how to create and perceive art through the elements of design. Our basic vocabulary will be line, value, color, plane, shape, form, texture, proportion, space, and balance. The class will work primarily from life with the goal of understanding how the elements of design relates to one’s vision. In-class demonstrations as well as slides from art history and contemporary art will as inform and guide the exploration. We will work in a variety of 2-dimensional media, including drawing and painting, in both black-and-white and color. Skills and concepts that will be developed through direct observation in the class include:
• Understanding the formal elements (line, shape, value, form, texture, color space) and principles (unity, variety, balance, emphasis, proportion, scale, rhythm) of design.
• Developing strategies to compose formal elements as well as create a sense of form, space, and light.
• Analyzing and critiquing the formal elements of a composition, including personal work and works from art history.
Who is this class for: This is a crucial class required for certificate students, but beneficial for anyone wanting to improve their understanding of the important structural foundations of good design in a work of art.