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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for ART 131B Effective Summer 2021

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

Introduces intermediate drawing techniques and tools as well as the development of the language of drawing in historical and contemporary contexts. Promotes critical skills for sighting, measuring, designing and constructing in drawing. This is the second course in a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: ART 131 or ART 131A or instructor permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

  • The course includes demonstrations, slides, lectures, video/films and field trips.
  • 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. Establish perceptual and conceptual skills to develop greater sensitivity and awareness of the visual world through drawing.

Course Activities and Design

  • The course may include demonstrations, slides, lectures, video/films and field trips.
  • Build upon current skill set with the intent of working towards technical and conceptual proficiency.
  1. Create drawings that incorporate a variety of technical skills with an awareness of the inherent characteristics of different drawing processes.
  2. Begin to generate ideas/concepts with an awareness of the intended content of the work produced.
  3. Build upon current skill set with the intent of working towards technical proficiency.
  4. Develop safe studio practices in regards to the handling of tools, chemicals and machinery within a communal studio space.
  5. Further expand and utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to drawing when participating in class critiques and discussions.
  6. Begin to assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.
  7. Begin to develop personal work with an awareness of historical and contemporary artists working in drawing.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Experience 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.