This course, open for students in 9th through 12th grades, is a foundation class designed to develop the students' interest and skills in art. Emphasis is on the elements and principles of design, aesthetic awareness, the creative process, problem solving and developing observation and technical skills. Students explore different approaches and subjects using a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, pastel, mixed media and acrylic paint. Students keep sketchbooks with both written and visual entries of planning, research, analysis and reflections of studio projects. Past and present artworks are introduced for analysis, inspiration and appreciation of art history. Students are expected to put in extra time outside of class, as needed, to meet project deadlines.