Course Content and Outcomes Guides (CCOG)

Course Content and Outcomes Guide for ART 231B Effective Summer 2020

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

Further 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 second course in a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: ART 231 or ART 231A or instructor permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The course may include demonstrations, slides, lectures, video/films and field trips.

  • This is the second 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
  • 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. Advance perceptual and conceptual skills to develop a richer experience of the visual world.

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

Students will:

  • Practice 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)

  • Employ composition in the picture plane. Examine compositional devices such as symmetry, asymmetry, rhythm, and push/pull.
  • Observe interaction between figure and ground.
  • Create 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.