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Art and Design Fundamentals for High School Students is a Course

Art and Design Fundamentals for High School Students

Ended Jun 1, 2015

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Full course description

Starts March 9, 2015

Art and Design Fundamentals will address basic art and design skills in drawing and composition, as well as principles of two-dimensional and human figure drawing. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice three-dimensional design and develop an art e-portfolio. This course is specifically designed for high school students interested in exploring their creativity and developing foundational skills in art and design with an eye toward possibly applying to college art/design programs.

Created by expert and passionate faculty from Otis College of Art and Design, the course will be organized into thematic modules, including perspective and color, light and shadow, materials and tools, line and shape, anatomy and expression, and invention and construction. All skill levels can participate in these sessions and are welcome.

Students should be curious, flexible, and willing to experiment. Basic computer skills such as being able to attach documents and navigate a website are helpful. Students should also have access to a camera or scanner to share work.

Duration to complete the course: 10 weeks + 2 weeks optional for portfolio prep; expect 1-2 hours per week.
Certificate of completion: yes; issued by instructor.

Recommended Materials
Students can wait to buy supplies until they are in the course and look at the assignments. Not all assignments require these materials.

  • Camera, smart phone, or scanner to photo your work
  • Access to a computer and printer
  • Pencils- HB, 2B and 6B are recommended, but it is also useful to have 2H, 4B, 9B, or any others you want to try
  • Charcoal pencil- soft, plus any others you want to try
  • Vine charcoal- soft or medium
  • Compressed charcoal stick- soft
  • Charcoal toning powder
  • Blending stump
  • Cotton balls
  • Sketchbook- 9x12” or larger recommended. Drawing pads work too. Even a stack of copy paper on a clip board can work in a pinch.
  • 18 x 24” drawing paper (Strathmore 400 Drawing Paper recommended)
  • Masking tape- approx. 1” wide roll
  • Scissors
  • White Magic Rub eraser
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Four or more sheets black construction paper
  • Four or more sheets of black, white, grey, patterned, or metallic papers. Tin foil is okay. No color or newsprint paper. Find a variety that are fun or interesting.
  • Glue- white Elmer’s or glue stick
  • Ruler- Alumicutter brand recommended
  • Exacto knife or utility blade
  • Self-healing cutting mat (wood or cardboard can suffice, but they tend to damage easier and dull your blades faster)
  • Fixative spray
Roni Feldman

Roni Feldman

Studio Lecturer

MFA Claremont Graduate Univ, BA UC Santa Barbara. Internationally exhibited painter. Exhibitions: Werkstatt Gallery, Berlin; Wilson Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Kaycee Olsen Gallery, Culver City; Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco; Gallery Lara, Tokyo, Torrance Art Museu. Reviewed in Art Ltd.