Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Given that we are created in the image of the greatest artist ever, it is certain that we were each meant to see and express the beauty around us. Too often, we get bogged down by the “dust of daily life” and forget to view the art that surrounds us. Whether in the natural world, man-made design or fine art, the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, help us to understand and view the world in a refreshing way that allow us to shake off that dust. Using both a lecture and hands-on approach, each student will be encouraged to consider art with a new outlook. Whether a born artist, or fulfilling a needed requirement, students will be encouraged to find their own creative outlet, as well as to view art with a newfound sense of understanding and clarity. Using a variety of mediums and realizing that all skills improve with practice, art assignments are given with the expectation that students will improve as they progress through class. Encouragement is stressed and the expectation of perfection is discredited as each student gains in their ability and self-confidence. If your desire is to understand what goes into creating pleasing art and visual designs, as well as improve your artistic skills, this class is for you!