ART 131 : Beginning Drawing

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Beginning Drawing



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


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Recommended preparation

ART 115.


Emphasis on observing and developing fundamental drawing and composition skills. Still life material used extensively. Combined Lecture and Lab sessions include historical and cultural approaches to drawing and drawing materials.

Learning outcomes

1. Develop foundational skills for gesture, contour and tonal drawings using various media as applied primarily to still-life subject matter.
2. Apply the Visual Elements of Art and Principles of Design to the creation of drawn compositions in a variety of media.
3. Use studio time effectively.
4. Creatively solve foundational drawing-based problems through the processes of risk-taking, experimentation, drafting, and re-drafting.
5. Observe, interpret, and critically analyze drawn works of art.
6. Articulate foundational drawing concepts in writing and speech, including the use of discipline-specific visual arts vocabulary.
7. Engage in individual and group critiques, receiving and providing feedback, and stimulating peer discussion.
8. Contextualize work produced for this course within the historical and cultural traditions of drawing.

Content outline

• Contour line, gesture and implied line massing
• Positive and negative space, figure ground relationships, sight measurement and texture
• Contour with tone, line of sight, focal point
• Composition, rule of thirds, rule of intervals, repetition, corner drains and tangents
• Full value drawing
• Landscape 1, 2 and 3 point perspective
• Distal cues: overlapping, relative size, relative value
• Sumi brush: ink and wash drawings
• Cross hatching, light and shadow

Required materials

Students will need to provide specific materials used in this course, please see the syllabus for a detailed list.

Grading methods

Grading will be based on participation in labs, discussions and critiques of completed assignments and the development of techniques and ideas demonstrated in portfolio reviews.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Arts and Letters

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