ART-102: Drawing I

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Art (Art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Drawing I
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC
Catalog Course Description

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

Goal Statement

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.

Core Course Topics
  1. Materials

    Recognize and identify the basic materials used in a college level drawing class.

  2. Contour line

    Create a body of work that emphasizes the use of contour lines.

  3. Gesture and the expressive qualities of line

    Create a body of work that emphasizes the expressive qualities of line.

  4. Value

    Create a multi-step value scale and a continuous value scale with seamlessly modulated transitions.

  5. Viewfinder

    Demonstrate ability to assess composition within drawing through the use of a viewfinder.

  6. Sighting

    Demonstrate an understanding of sighting and its use in the pursuit of correct perspective.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Charcoal

    Demonstrate competence in constructing using charcoal as a tonal instrument to convey the illusion of mass using gradients of value.

  11. Vocabulary

    Define and utilize the vocabulary that relates to a beginning level college drawing class.

  12. 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

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. 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.
  2. Class participation
  3. Class discussions and critiques
  4. Portfolio review
  5. Quizzes and/or examines as determined by the instructor that will be described in the class syllabus


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2022