Drawing skills are essential for anyone considering any type of artistic career. Students begin by developing skills in drawing from observation. A variety of media is explored, including graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, ink, tempera, watercolor, acrylic, pastel and mixed media. Subjects include still life, landscape, portraiture, linear perspective, and abstract design. Students are introduced to the work of artists from around the world representing various times throughout history. They work to understand art as a process and a form of visual communication. Topics also include design principles and elements, visual literacy, personal expression, and creative design strategies.