share this

Share This Search
Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes 

2D Design: Color + Form

Experience a class similar to one you would take in your first year at CIA, through an intensive exploration of color, form, design, and creative problem solving in 2D and digital platforms.

Session 1: July 7–19, 2024

In this introductory course, students will explore a variety of materials and processes, including experimental mark making, collage, digital design, and site-specific installation. These methods of creation will allow you to develop a better visual understanding of design and craft, and you’ll discover how line, form, color and composition act as the building blocks for art.

Through group discussion, students will develop the tools necessary to problem solve their ideas. The course will primarily focus on 2D and digital design, but may also include some 3D design problem solving as well. This course is great for students interested in understanding and developing the fundamental tools and skills needed to progress in the practice of art and design.



The first week of this course will build your foundation skills in the basic principles of design, including color, composition, line, mark and shape. Students will gain an understanding of how these elements create the building blocks to a successful piece of work. The second week will focus on pattern, texture and the use of negative/positive space to create a dynamic and interesting image. The final project will combine all of these skills into an installation-based piece.

Projects and topics that will be explored include applying design principles to two-dimensional work, gestalt theory, color theory, abstract versus representational design, geometric design, space value relationships, contemporary artists and practices, and designing and constructing a site-specific installation.


Apply to Pre-College today!

Start your application today. Priority/scholarship deadline is February 15, 2024.