This class is a basic overview of some of the principles of design. The principles that will be covered in this class
are: value; shapes; line; textures; color; application of color; repetition, variation and patterns; proportion; dominance, subordination, and focal points; contrast; balance; the golden ratio; and positioning and overlap. The focus of this class is to help the scholars understand and recognize these principles in artwork and in the world around them. This will give them a different perspective from which to view artworks, both manmade and natural, and will enable them to look deeper at what truly makes art great or beautiful. With a knowledge of the principles of design scholars will be able to analyze art work better and will also be able to share their thoughts and ideas with others in a more effective way. They will also learn to apply these principles to different types of mediums such as painting, photography, and sculpting. However, this is not intended to be a drawing or painting class. Different art mediums will be used in the projects and homework assignments, but the level of competence that each student has with those mediums doesn’t matter. Scholars of any artistic level can learn about and
practice these principles and elements.