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Fundamentals of Studio Arts

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Fundamentals of Studio Arts

Would you like to make art and explore your creativity, but aren’t sure where to begin? This course covers basic principles of drawing, painting, and relief printmaking, in a series of assignments designed to develop the techniques and understanding of various mediums and styles. Using examples from art history as well as contemporary practice, different motivations and processes for art production are explored. Course is comprised of three sections: drawing (charcoal, brush, and pen and ink), painting (with an emphasis on color theory principles) and relief printmaking, giving students the confidence to use their skills to continue to explore and deepen their artistic practice. Covers artists including Alexander Calder, Keith Haring, Henri Matisse, Josef Albers, and more.

First class materials: 11” X 14” pad of drawing paper (recycled) 24 sheets, extra soft charcoal pencil, 6B drawing pencil / kneaded eraser fine point sharpie (black), micron pen 03 (black), 11” X 14” pad of watercolor paper, acrylic paint (thalo blue, quinacrodone red, hansa yellow, titanium white), brush, palette paper or plastic palette, EZ Cut Rubber, Speedball Linoleum Cutter kit (handle and blades), tracing paper, soft rubber roller, burnisher, or spoon, printing inks - water based – black + various colors (optional)

• On the first day of class ALL students must check in with Extension staff in the lobby of the Ahmanson Building before attending class.
• All K-12 and Pre-College students are required to submit a completed Pre-College Programs Emergency Contact Information Form and Policies and Procedures Acknowledgement of Receipt prior to admittance into the classroom. Students will not be permitted to attend without this.

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