Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ART 231A
Course Title:
Drawing II
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Course Description

Deepens basic perceptual drawing techniques and tools as well as the understanding of the language of drawing in historical and contemporary contexts. Further develops critical skills for sighting, measuring, designing and constructing in drawing. This is the first course in a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: Three terms of ART 131 or ART 131C or instructor permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

• The course may include demonstrations, slides, lectures, video/films and field trips.• This is the first in a three-course sequence.• 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 231 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. Implement deeper creative strategies to solve problems in making drawings.
2. Implement a developed 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. Employ perceptual and conceptual skills to develop a richer experience of the visual world.

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 such as experiencing, visualizing, symbolizing, playing, and imagining.•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, 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, 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.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. The primary purpose of the Course Content and Outcome Guide is to provide faculty a SAC approved outline of the course. It is not intended to replace the Course Syllabus, which details course content and requirements for students.