Introduction To The Studio
Introduction to the Studio is one of the Department of Art’s foundations courses and is designed to introduce core principles of art making in a rigorous and active studio environment. A primary concern is examining visual organization and utilizing it to promote effective communication in multiple forms and mediums. To this end we explore visual organization as line, shape, texture, value, and color in course projects, which can be two-dimensional, or three-dimensional, and created using analog or digital processes. In the classroom, projects begin when the instructor introduces a key concept, material, or process. The class is then given adequate time to craft a visual response. The active studio time component is critical for the growth of the students as they learn by making as well as through examining other presented solutions. Upon the completion of a course project we utilize the class critique as a useful structure to evaluate success, offer suggestions, and practice using a visual vocabulary.