Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ART 131A
Course Title:
Drawing I
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Course Description

Explores basic perceptual drawing techniques and tools as well as the development of the language of drawing in historical and contemporary contexts. Introduces critical skills for sighting, measuring, designing and constructing in drawing. This is the first course in a three-course sequence. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

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.Art 131 fulfills Arts and Letters requirements for Gen. Ed., block transfer and PCC graduation.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:1. Apply creative ways to solve problems using a variety of strategies for making drawings.2. Implement a basic vocabulary to be able to actively participate in a critical dialogue about drawing with others.3. Understand, interpret, and critically evaluate drawings of the past and the present from one€™s own and from different cultures to initiate a life long study of the diversity of perspectives of the human experience.4. Employ perceptual and conceptual skills to develop greater sensitivity and awareness of the visual world through drawing.

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; experiencing, visualizing, symbolizing, playing, imagining, etc.•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.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

•Become familiar with composition in the picture plane. Examine compositional devices such as symmetry, asymmetry, rhythm, push/pull, etc.•Observe interaction between figure and ground.•Gain sense of three-dimensional illusion through linear and aerial perspective, modeling in light, etc.•Distinguish 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 charcoals and contes.•Become familiar with wet media: ink, ink wash, wash with dry media, etc.•Experiment with mixed media.•Examine papers for various surface effects and working processes.Assessment: 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.