This course is an introduction to the field of the visual arts through the study of the elements and principles of design. The course explores a variety of materials and techniques with emphasis on line, color, texture, form and in two-dimensional space organizations. This course examines how art elements combine with the principles of design to create a variety of compositional effects that influence and determine the impact of the two-dimensional work. The theory and application of visual elements including line, shape, space, form, value, color, and texture are explored. Compositional phenomena studied also include unity, balance, movement, rhythm, contrast, emphasis, pattern, and repetition. The course investigates a variety of materials and techniques testing the character and expressive potential of each of these elements and principles in isolation and in conjunction with each other while learning to use their defining characteristics with purpose and understanding.