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

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ART 131C
Course Title:
Drawing I
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Course Description

Builds upon intermediate drawing techniques and tools as well as the development of the language of drawing in historical and contemporary contexts. Applies critical skills for sighting, measuring, designing and constructing in drawing. This is the third course in a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: Two terms of ART 131 or ART 131B 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 makingdrawings. 2. Implement a basic vocabulary to be able to actively participate in a criticaldialogue about drawing with others. 3. Understand, interpret, and critically evaluate drawings of the past and thepresent from one’s own and from different cultures to initiate a life long study of thediversity of perspectives of the human experience. 4. Expand perceptual and conceptual skills to develop greater sensitivity andawareness of the visual world through drawing.

Course Activities and Design

• The course may include demonstrations, slides, lectures, video/films andfield trips.• Build upon current skill set with the intent of working towards technical andconceptual proficiency.1)Create drawings that incorporate a variety of technical skills with an awarenessof the inherent characteristics of different drawing processes.2)Generate ideas/concepts with an awareness of the intended content of the workproduced.3)Build upon current skill set with the intent of working towards technicalproficiency.4)Practice safe studio practices in regards to the handling of tools, chemicals andmachinery within a communal studio space.5)Utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to drawing a when participating in classcritiques and discussions.6)Assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.7)Develop personal work with an awareness of historical and contemporary artistsworking in drawing.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

• Understand 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. Examinecompositional devices such as symmetry, asymmetry, rhythm,push/pull, etc.• Observe interaction between figure and ground.• Gain sense of three-dimensional illusion through linear and aerialperspective, 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, expressionand their effects.• Demonstrate familiarity with various charcoals and contes.• Demonstrate familiarity with wet media: ink, ink wash, wash with dry media,etc.• Experiment with mixed media.• Examine papers for various surface effects and working processes.