620 Introduction to Art

1 semester, ½ credit

Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Introduction to Art is a fundamental course that focuses on various aspects of art and design. These artistic experiences revolve around the elements and principles of art,  while students simultaneously investigate and relate to a variety of artists/styles throughout history. Students will experiment with different mediums and processes through a variety of projects, and engage in critiques to analyze, interpret and reflect upon their work.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Identify and define the elements and principles of art
  2. Demonstrate the elements and principles through exercises/projects.
  3. Mix colors in order to demonstrate the color wheel.
  4. Artistically collaborate with others.
  5. Describe, analyze, and interpret through art criticism.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. The elements of design: line, shape, form, color, value, and texture.
  2. The principles of design: balance, rhythm, pattern, contrast, emphasis, and unity.
  3. Color theory and color mixing.
  4. The lives and artistic styles of various artists.
  5. Evaluation and analysis through art criticism.

This curriculum was last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Fine Arts Department.