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Introduction to 2D Art: Making art with drawing, painting, and more! - CANCELLED

Department: Visual Arts                             

Instructor: Grace Mae Huddleston 
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Prerequisites: None, no previous art-making experience is required!

Course Description

This exciting course gives students of all skill levels the opportunity to learn about and try out a variety of 2D (or two-‐dimensional) art making techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, and more. No previous art making experience is required, as the small class size will allow for highly individualized instruction. At the end of the course students will have a portfolio of artwork that showcases both their technical and creative skills in a variety of mediums. This course not only hones students’ art making skills but also their communication and self-expression abilities.

Whether you are a beginner looking to learn more about 2D artmaking, or are a seasoned artist looking to grow and refine your skills, this course will be fun, informative, and interesting for you.

During the beginning weeks of this class students will explore many methods of 2D art making through sketchbook exercises that allow them to tap into their creativity while developing their technical art making skills. The middle weeks of the course will focus around small project-based assignments that allow students to dive deeper into making art as they put their newly honed skills into practice. Finally, the last weeks are a time for students to challenge themselves with one or two in-depth capstone projects. For this portion of the class students will be applying practiced skills into making more complex art pieces that are visually interesting and conceptually meaningful. Throughout the course, students will also be introduced to key examples of contemporary and historical artworks through lectures, discussions, and virtual “field trips” to provide context and inspiration to empower their artmaking.

The course is designed for all skill levels, and each student will be engaged and supported in a manner that is right for them. Together we will utilize lectures, readings, group discussions, artist statements, one on one meetings, and group feedback sessions to learn about art, get to know each other,  inspire your creativity, and facilitate your artistic skill building.


Learning Outcomes 

This art-focused course will guide students as they develop their technical abilities and creative ideas with 2D art such as painting, drawing, and more! By the end of the course students will have developed an art portfolio that showcases their art technique as well as their unique creative ideas.

Upon completion of the course students will have:

  • Gained exposure to and practice in various 2D art making techniques including realistic and expressive drawing, painting, and more
  • Learned about applicable contemporary and historical examples of techniques learned
  • Practiced key professional skills such as communication and presentation of ideas
  • Created a diverse portfolio of pieces that demonstrates their skills in areas both technical and creative which can be used in applications to art exhibitions, scholarships, and colleges where applicable

Course Outline

  • Part 1 of 3: Learning and practicing art skills
    • Sketch book activities
      • Life drawing virtual “field trips” to a visually interesting locales
    • Learning the basics of drawing, painting, and more
    • Short-form artmaking prompts to begin developing creative ideas
    • Introduction to historical and contemporary art examples
  • Part 2 of 3: Project-based assignments
    • Applying practiced skills to make smaller art pieces
      • Students explore chosen media from part 1’s activities
    • Discussions and small-group feedback sessions to highlight artist strengths and facilitate development of technical skills
    • Introduction to art analysis
      • Write a reflection on and make a piece inspired by an artist of your choice
      • Virtual “field trips” to museums, contemporary art galleries, and other art events
  • Part 3 of 3: Capstone art projects
    • Students hone in on specific art materials and use them in projects to communicate meaningful messages
    • One-on-one meetings with instructor and small group check ins with peers to receive guidance as projects unfold
    • Final group digital “exhibition” of art to showcase their development and highlight areas for future growth
    • Optional: students develop a social media account or website that is an online representation of their portfolio

*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students.