Introduction to Visual Arts Overview Art is everywhere! Just look around you. It is in your home, your clothing, even in your hair. This semester, you will be learning how to perceive the world through the artist’s eye. Embarking on your artistic journey, you will acquire the content-specific vocabulary needed to create, discuss, and analyze your work and those of your peers, as well as, make connections to the Masters. You will be able to manipulate different materials to find your niche while drawing upon different experiences that influence your work. You will learn about line, color, shape, value, space, form, and texture and how to use them in a composition with balance, repetition, unity, contrast, and emphasis (BRUCE). Projects, class participation, writing assignments, and research projects will prepare to conquer the world of art. So, when you go with enthusiasm to the Home Depot to select the décor for your new bedroom, you will know exactly how the elements and principles fit together to create a unified look. You will also be engaged in perceptive skills that will assist you in learning how to look at objects as parts of a whole, use color to evoke emotion, and maybe, a little abstraction. Your artwork will be uploaded to Artsonia.com for all of your fans to see what an awesome artist you have become during the semester with me, Ms. Barth. Your projects will vary depending upon the needs of the students in each of the classes, but be prepared to draw everyday objects, drawing with the paper upside-down, and blending with your fingers. There may be a few surprises along the way. If you have questions, I am here to help—just ask. You might be teaching me something new. I invite each of you to stop and analyze the roses after you have smelled them to see the world form the artist’s eye.