About ARTS 001 A

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.


Fee: $95; Open to Degree and Continuing Education students; SART, AHST, ARTE majors and minors only until August 22nd

Section Description

In this class we'll explore drawing as a method for inquiry – as a mode of thinking, a way to find things out, and to notice and study not just what we see, but how. In our work we’ll study the physical and formal practices and processes of drawing; how to build pictorial, representational space through line, shape, plane, and mark making; and the conceptual practice; how artists of the past and present use drawing to think about culture, the visible world, and socio-political issues. SAMPLE COURSE OUTLINE: Week 1-5: Structure, Form, and Seeing During this time we’ll study subtractive and additive drawing practices, site measuring and schematics that allow a stronger grasp of the relationships between parts and whole within a representational image drawn from direct observation. We'll work in graphite, charcoal, and ink with pens and washes. Week 6-9: Mark Making, Abstraction, and Material Experimentation During this time we’ll open ourselves to more playful, intuitive, and improvised approaches to making a drawing. We’ll work with ink, and start to explore non-objective, abstract forms of drawing. We’ll study how abstraction shares much of its DNA with representational approaches. We'll work with various techniques and materials, including collage. Week 10-14: Final Project Series: Developing your ideas across a body of work In the final project series you’ll put it all together and explore your work as a unique, individually determined final drawing series that responds to open-ended drawing prompts. We’ll look at contemporary artists who use drawing to explore a variety of ideas and ways of communicating. You’ll put together a final digital portfolio and written reflection for your work.

Section Expectation

OUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES: By the end of this class you will be able to: • Build images using at least 4 drawing methods and material approaches • Employ revision as a constructive parameter in the drawing process • Identify at least 3 ways to relate the parts to the whole in your drawings • Analyze and transcribe historic and contemporary drawings • Practice analyzing, discussing, and critically evaluating your drawings and the drawings of your peers • Develop your ideas and problem solve across a group of drawings in a series • Practice developing a more specific, individual approach to your drawings • Study how artists past and present innovate in their work and respond to the world they live(d) in. • Present and document your work more professionally


GRADING Final Grades are determined as follows: DRAWINGS: 60% PARTICIPATION: 30% SELF REFLECTION: 10% Details will be provided in the syllabus.

Course Dates



Williams Hall 213 (View Campus Map)


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