This topics-based course serves as a broad introduction to the visual arts through an investigation of 2D, 3D, and 4D (time-based and sequential) artistic practices. The topic of each course, developed by the instructor, serves as the framework to explore the creative process. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, problem generation, and the development of ideas in visual art making. Studio projects, critiques, and discussions incorporate reading, research, and writing components that integrate critical thinking with personal expression while encouraging the development of conceptual and formal skills. This course is a prerequisite for Art 304, 306, 308, 309, 312, and 314. This course replaces Art 105. Note: this course does not satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts.