This comprehensive one year foundation course is designed for the incoming art student. Emphasis is on studio work, art appreciation and art aesthetics. Drawing is an essential component of this course. A series of progressive art problems will provide concentrated exposure to a variety of techniques and artistic styles. The art problems encompass most areas of the visual arts such as design, drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, and other three dimensional problem-solving projects. Students are required to keep a sketchbook/journal, and must present an exit portfolio for course credit. This course is the prerequisite for all other art courses. Cultural arts grants will provide students an opportunity to work in class with professional artists as a form of course enrichment.