Course Number:
ART 230
Transcript Title:
Drawing I
Jul 25, 2022
Jul 25, 2022
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
Repeats available for credit:

Course Description

Covers basic perceptual drawing techniques and tools as well as the understanding of the language of drawing in historical and contemporary contexts. Develops critical skills for sighting, measuring, designing and constructing in drawing. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Implement deeper creative strategies to solve problems in making drawings.
  2. Implement the 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 rich experience of the visual world.

Alignment with Institutional 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)
Not Addressed
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)
4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
Not Addressed
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

To establish an intentional learning environment, Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) require a clear definition of instructional strategies, evidence of recurrent instruction, and employment of several assessment modes.

Major Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed recurrently in the curriculum, regularly enough to establish a thorough understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a thorough understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Minor Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed adequately in the curriculum, establishing fundamental understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a fundamental understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

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

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

  • 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, and 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

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.