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ART 133 - Drawing

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 30
Total Lab Hours: 30
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This introductory course focuses on the fundamentals of life drawing and development of visual observation skills. Emphasis is placed on the examination of space and form using a variety of drawing materials, including graphite, ink, and charcoal. Students will learn to use line, gesture drawing, and value. The subject matter of drawing projects and sketchbook assignments include the still life, human figure, and perspective. Via self- and class critiques, students will evaluate their own work and that of their peers. Required participation in the college art show or equivalent introduces students to proper presentation and framing methods. Students do not need prior drawing experience. This course will allow students to find new forms of self-expression, both in visual career fields and on a personal level.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: Course Materials: $100.00

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
1. Employ formal drawing elements such as line, value, and texture to create accurate visual representations (drawings) from life.

2. Distinguish between and gain proficiency in a variety of drawing media (charcoal, ink, graphite) and drawing methods (contour, gesture).

3. Correctly apply atmospheric perspective, the mathematical concept of linear perspective, and chiaroscuro to produce the illusion of depth on a twodimensional surface.

4. Use visual observation techniques to assess and critique drawings.

5. Practice visual observation and drawing techniques via sketchbook assignments.

Unit Objectives

  1. Distinguish between and apply different types of lines to drawings (contour, cross-contour, weighted).
  2. Use the technique of sighting to determine spatial relationships and render them accurately in a drawing.
  3. Plan drawing compositions with the use of gesture and thumbnail sketching.
  4. Create drawings from life (not from photographs) to strengthen visual observation skills.
  5. Employ the concept of chiaroscuro to create an illusion of depth with light and dark values.
  6. Correctly utilize atmospheric, linear, and ellipse perspective in drawings to develop convincing forms and spaces.
  7. Apply the use of foreshortening to drawings to depict extreme angles.
  8. Use a variety of line weights to enhance the sense of depth within the drawing.
  9. Organize drawing compositions to accurately show depth with foreground, middle-ground, and background.
  10. Illustrate an understanding of correct human proportions via drawings and sketches.
  11. Locate key landmarks of the human form in order to correctly depict poses and proportions.
  12. Use gesture drawing to quickly capture the essence of a pose or subject.
  13. Distinguish between different hardness levels of graphite.

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