In this course we will look at “art” as something that has necessarily entered our consciousness from the realm of “things” and think about why this may be so. We will approach art as a method of communication that is both physical and cognitive. By examining the art work and its history during the twentieth century, one that was rife with movements and manifestos, we will find out what the fundamentals of art have become for our time. The course is formatted with alternating lecture and laboratory classes where students can put into practice the ideas we encounter.