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Art 1 - 2D Design

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Subject Categories:
Art and Digital Graphics

Art speaks to all of us regardless of our race, culture or life experiences. It conveys knowledge that we cannot gain through other studies and helps us make connections that use the whole brain rather than one dominant domain. Art is a safe place to explore open-ended questions about what it means to be human and why something is considered to be aesthetically beautiful or valuable. Art can also be a form of worship, and some philosophers have considered the arts to be a key link in the complex relationship between what we believe and how we behave. If art is a universal language that synthesizes understanding and action, then that language is best learned by simultaneously studying and doing art. The heart of this foundational art course is studying the elements and principles of design by practicing the processes and techniques of creating art. The course will explore a variety of art media across multiple art themes. Through the creative process, students of all talent levels will explore beauty, develop fine motor skills, use critical thinking and enhance intuition and creativity. Teacher demonstrations and individual feedback will help students hone their skills. Students should expect their artwork to be discussed anonymously and respectfully in class as part of the group learning process. This course is suitable for a range of talent and experience levels for both Art and non-Art majors. It is highly recommended and serves as a prerequisite for students who want to take advanced art courses in TPS.

Notes and Requirements
Grade Levels*:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
(* Determined by Date of Birth and declared Grad Year. Enrollment outside these grade levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.)

Career Planning: Art 1 – Drawing 1 and Art 1 – 2D Design are the core courses that should be taken by every student desiring to pursue further studies in the visual arts.

Reviews from Students and Parents

“The teacher is wonderful, and I love her passion for the course. You don’t need to be good at art to take the class, and you learn many skills along the way that help you better your art pieces and their outcome. The teacher has helped me appreciate different art styles and I was able to experiment and find my favorite art materials. I’m very excited to see what next semester’s class has in store.”

Hannah S

“This course is excellent for the fundamentals of designing an art piece and creating a finished piece. The teacher focuses on composition and design elements, really helping students who want to take their art to the next level.”

Isaac S

“This course really helped me to build the foundations for art. Even though I was not new to art, there were lots of techniques that I did not know. The lessons were thorough and the assignments that were provided allowed me to try different mediums which allowed me to see what mediums and techniques suited me best.”

Isabel C