An introductory-level course focusing on the fundamental concepts and skills involved in drawing a range of subject matter from direct observation. Explores line, value, and linear perspective studies in a variety of drawing media. This class meets for six (6) hours a week.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
This course is designed to instill in the student a heightened level of visual awareness and to develop fundamental drawing skills as well as an understanding of basic drawing concepts.
Recognize and identify the basic materials used in a college level drawing class.
- Contour line
Create a body of work that emphasizes the use of contour lines.
- Gesture and the expressive qualities of line
Create a body of work that emphasizes the expressive qualities of line.
Create a multi-step value scale and a continuous value scale with seamlessly modulated transitions.
Demonstrate ability to assess composition within drawing through the use of a viewfinder.
Demonstrate an understanding of sighting and its use in the pursuit of correct perspective.
Illustrate an understanding of linear perspective by creating a drawing of three dimensional structures with construction lines, object lines, horizon line and vanishing points all indicated.
- Axes and ellipses
Demonstrated competence with axes and ellipses by drawing bottles, stemware and similar cylinder forms. Indicate aces and ellipses with construction lines as well as contour and object lines.
- Hatching, cross hatching and texture
Demonstrate competence in constructing basic forms without either object lines or construction lines by using the hatching, cross hatching, and other textural techniques.
Demonstrate competence in constructing using charcoal as a tonal instrument to convey the illusion of mass using gradients of value.
Define and utilize the vocabulary that relates to a beginning level college drawing class.
- Contemporary and historical Overview
Discuss and interpret how drawing has been used by both contemporary and historical artists and assess how one’s own work fits in.
Assessment and Requirements
- A pre-instruction drawing will be done on the first full day of class that can be compared to a post instruction drawing done the last full day of class.
- Class participation
- Class discussions and critiques
- Portfolio review
- Quizzes and/or examines as determined by the instructor that will be described in the class syllabus