This one-term course is an introduction to the basic elements of art through projects involving studies in positive and negative relationships: value, color, space, form, and line. Basic skills in manipulating tools and materials are stressed with an emphasis on observation to develop aesthetic awareness. Studio experience is supplemented by films in areas of creativity and technique. Upon completion of this course, students with exceptional abilities, interest, and motivation in the arts may qualify for the AP Studio Art Program. Presenation of their art portfolio and recommendation by art department faculty are required.