Visual Concepts examines the nature of drawing and 2-dimensional design as inter-related approaches to visual thinking. The purpose of this course is to introduce a shared visual language that heightens perceptual sensitivity, explores visual relationships, conveys ideas, and expresses sensory and psychological experiences. A primary focus of the class is learning to see more acutely. In order to hone perceptual skills, we will work from observation as well as explore abstract compositional problems. As a means of broadening expressive possibilities, a variety of subjects, materials, techniques, and methods will be explored. Throughout the semester students will engage in writing and sketching exercises as well as generate more sustained, involved projects.