Introduction to 2D Design (Online, tuition-free)

Have you ever wondered why, or how a picture works? In this Introduction to 2D (two dimensional) Design, you will learn about the basic building blocks of art and design.

Each week, through drawing, painting, or collage you will explore an art element, like line, color, shape, texture, value, or space. We will combine these elements into each project which will teach you an art principle such as: contrast, repetition, balance, proportion, emphasis, movement, or unity.

Through observation, experimentation, and critique you will develop your eye and design sensibility and be on your way to making better images.

This course is open to all levels, but is particularly useful for beginners. In this interactive class you will be encouraged to communicate and collaborate with classmates, but there will be plenty of quiet, focused work-time, along with one-on-one interaction with the teacher.

Special Notes

This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Required supplies:

  • Start the term with these supplies:

  • 8×10 inch spiral bound sketchbook and one black sharpie

  • 2B pencil (most school-style pencils are 2B)

  • White eraser

  • One to three watercolor paintbrushes of assorted sizes

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Large glue stick

  • Color media of choice (colored pencils, watercolor set, gouache, etc.— no oil paint!)

  • Collage media of choice (magazines, construction paper pad, card stock assortment pack,etc.)

  • For the final project you will need one to two sheets Bristol board or canvas board