Drawing I

Course Number: ART 231
Transcript Title: Drawing I
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 6, 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: 0

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.

Intended 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 Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 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)

Not Addressed

5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

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

Small group discussions, lecture, multi-media demonstrations, and peer critique. May involve field trips for taking photographic references for class painting projects.

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, 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.