Art Media Techniques 101

This introductory course allows students to work with basic foundational elements used in commercial art. Since achieving certain illustrative effects will be crucial in future courses, students will learn the proper use of tools and will begin to apply these tools to various techniques. This course applies various art media to different illustration styles and helps the students understand which styles are best suited for which media and designs. Exercises will provide instruction in mixing, blending, and application, and will put color theory into practice. Markers, colored pencils, inks, watercolor, charcoal, pastels, and scratchboard are some of the media that will be studied. Watercolors, dyes, gouache, and acrylics will also be used with different subjects and compositions. Students will be put to the challenge of creating realistic still life paintings.

Course Objective:

This course is designed to lay foundational knowledge of various types of media and their applications through hands-on exercises. This course allows for the understanding, development, and refinement of illustration skills, media techniques, and styles used in commercial art.

Performance Objective:

At the completion of this course, students will have developed the beginning basic skills and understanding for each medium’s use and its various applications. Students will be able to realistically render an image from a photograph and apply the correct technique and style for use in creating an illustration.