Course Number: ART 231
Transcript Title: Drawing
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: January 22, 2016
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 2

Course Description

Deepens basic perceptual drawing techniques and tools as well as the understanding of the language of drawing in historical and contemporary contexts. Further develops critical skills for sighting, measuring, designing and constructing in drawing. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Implement deeper creative strategies to solve problems in making drawings.
  2. Implement a developed vocabulary to be able to actively participate in a critical dialogue about drawing with others.
  3. Manifest autonomous expression through drawing while recognizing the standards and definitions already established by both contemporary and historical works of art from different cultures.
  4. Apply perceptual and conceptual skills to develop a richer and richer experience of the visual world.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)
4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will:

  • Discover various processes by which the artist sees nature, conceives ideas, and executes a drawing.
  • Examine aspects of the conceptual process such as experiencing, visualizing, symbolizing, playing, and imagining.
  • Bring all human senses to the experience of drawing.
  • Discover an individual way of understanding the world and giving it form through drawing.
  • Apply one's knowledge of material and techniques to understanding the drawing.
  • Participate in studio work sessions, class discussions, and critiques.


Assessment is based on conceptual understanding, quality of work, participation in critiques, progress, effort, and attendance. A written examination, quizzes, written assignments, and a journal may be required.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Become familiar with composition in the picture plane. Examine compositional devices such as symmetry, asymmetry, rhythm, and push/pull.
  • Observe interaction between figure and ground.
  • Gain sense of three-dimensional illusion through linear and aerial perspective, modeling in light, etc.
  • Distinguish between line, edge, contour.
  • Examine texture: expressive and naturalistic.
  • Practice the gesture in mark making.
  • Understand the differences between illustration, representation, expression and their effects.
  • Become familiar with various dry media such as charcoals, pencils and contes.
  • Become familiar with wet media such as ink, ink wash, and wash with dry media.
  • Experiment with mixed media.
  • Examine papers for various surface effects and working processes.

Department Notes

  • The course may include demonstrations, slides, lectures, video/films and field trips.
  • A minimum 3 hours of homework per week in the form of private exploration of the concepts and processes introduced in class will be required.
  • College level reading comprehension is necessary.