Introduction to Art
with Michael Velliquette
About this Course
Introduction to Art (Art 100) is both a lecture and art studio course that explores the elements of visual language, and their nature, functions, and relationships in the visual arts. The focus is on the development and application of both critical thinking and hands-on creative skills. This course explores aspects and issues related to experiencing art first hand and will engage the people and places where this happens.
The intellectual, cultural, and physical components of the visual arts will be presented as an essential and interrelated whole.
- Form and content; style and iconography
- Elements of visual communication
- Principles of design
- Aesthetic evaluation
- Representational, and non-tepresentational forms of art
- Themes and purposes of art: major subjects; personal and cultural functions
- Visual elements of art: line; shape and mass; light, value and color; texture; space; time and motion
- Principles of design: unity and variety; balance; emphasis and focal point; proportion and scale; rhythm
- Visual mediums and methods
- Western art history overview
Introduction to Art Coursework
- Sketchbook / Media Experiments: These exercises are designed to introduce you to the art materials and to ideas and techniques that we will ultimately be exploring in the larger Unit Project. These exercises will at times be based on technique and other times, they will be driven by ideas and your imaginative use of the media.
- Unit Studio Projects: These are larger, more substantial creative projects that you will complete. Studio projects may take a wide range of forms including drawing, painting, collage, bookmaking, sculpture, photography, video or combinations of these.
- Sketchbook Drawings: Each week you will explore a different theme or concept in a drawing completed in your sketchbook. For instance, one theme could be “portrait” and another “humor.” We’ll try to keep these timely, and I’m open to suggestions for themes you would be interested in exploring. I interpret the term “drawing” very loosely here, in that these can be in any media you choose, and could also be collages, or paintings, or mixed media.
- Art History Assignments: Students will complete assignments in response to the art history component of the course. Emphasis will be on the identification of artwork styles we have discussed in the lectures. Students will need to identify the art movement, general qualities of the periods discussed, and in some instances specific artists and artwork titles.
- Written Assignments: Our course will have approximately four (4) written assignments throughout the semester. The topics for the responses will vary, but will usually be in the form of reviews or responses to the gallery exhibitions we’ll be visiting.
May 30 –
Meet Your Professor
Mixed Media Artist
Michael Velliquette is a mixed media artist known for his dimensionally complex paper sculptures, installations, and drawings. Velliquette’s work is represented by DCKT Contemporary, the David Shelton Gallery, and Blythe Projects. His recent museum exhibitions include the Museum of Art and Design, New York and the Racine Art Museum. His work is in the collections of The Progressive Corporation; The John Michael Kohler Art Center; and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Visit his website >