About ARTS 001 C

Introductory study of visual experience through drawing and its transformation of the three-dimensional visual world onto a two-dimensional surface. Emphasis varies with Instructor.


$95 Lab fee; SART, AHST, ARTE majors; ARTS, AHST minors only; Restrictions to be lifted the Monday following Registration Open to Degree and CDE students.

Section Description

Arts 001 is fundamentally a skills-based class employing multiple strategies of seeing in order to develop ways to translate three-dimensions onto a two-dimensional surface through the use of graphic mediums such as pencil, charcoal, conte crayon, ink and pastel. Concepts of composition, abstraction, decision-making, and inquiry into the nature of what constitutes a drawing are also considered. The notion of drawing “practice” is emphasized through homework sketchbook exercises to re-enforce in-class assignment concepts and strategies.

Section Expectation

Course Learning Objectives The course begins with skill building exercises intent on drawing what you see. Assignments will address understanding of space, composition, proportion and surfaces when constructing the illusion of space onto a two-dimensional surface. The final third addresses broader concepts of subject development, expression, decision-making and critical thinking in the drawing process. Students should be able to demonstrate both understanding and effective application of the instructed strategies while developing skills. Students will also learn critical thinking for assessment of their own work as well as learn considerations of how to articulate critical peer feedback for visual work during remote synchronous critiques.


Grades will be based on the quality of the assigned work including the following: • Visual understanding of instructed concepts & techniques • Originality and risk taking • Critical thinking – evidenced by the ability to rethink and rework visual solutions • Mastery of techniques/materials, and problem awareness • Class participation in discussions and critiques • Dedication to self-directed work. A: The “A” student exhibits keen attention to craft, concept and presentation. The “A” student understands the potential in each assignment and creates artwork that surpasses expectations. The “A” student is always well prepared for class, asks great questions, and is not afraid to take risks. An “A” student always strives for a greater understanding, inspiration and clarity in the work, shows evidence of extensive outside class work, and has an excellent attendance record. B: The “B” student completes all assignments with care paid to craft and presentation. The “B” student understands the formal and conceptual principles of each assignment, and participates in critiques and discussions. The “B” student’s work improves throughout the semester. C: The “C” student adequately completes all assignments, but only does the minimum required. The “C” student sometimes participates in critiques or discussions but rarely extends or stretches themselves through their artwork. The “C” student’s work improves little over the semester. D: The “D” student completes most, but not all, of the class assignments on time. The Quality of craft and presentation in the work is consistently below average, and the “D” student doesn’t voluntarily participate in critiques or discussions. A “D” student is often unprepared for class, and demonstrates little improvement over the course of the semester. F: The “F” student is a rarity, having shown an utter disregard for the structure of the class or an interest in assignments. Work is unfinished, sloppy, and incomplete. An “F” student usually has an unacceptable attendance record. Assessments (Graded Work): • Assignments will be submitted to power point slides in Microsoft Teams for critiques & grading Mid -term: • portfolio and sketchbook • all assignments are equally weighted for the mid-term grade

Course Dates



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