CCOG for ART 231A Spring 2024

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

Builds upon visual language of drawing, basic perceptual drawing techniques, media, and tools. Further explores personal expression and creative problem solving skills of sighting, measuring, composing, and constructing in drawing. Further expands vocabulary to discuss and evaluate drawings within diverse historical and contemporary cultural contexts. Prerequisites: ART 131. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Hands on studio art class focusing on drawing projects. Includes some written assignments and homework projects. Instructor demonstrations, slides, lectures, video/films or occasional fieldtrips may be included.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Create drawings through appropriate application of standards, techniques, and practices at the intermediate level.
  • Utilize intermediate-level vocabulary in critical dialogue about historical and contemporary drawing from personal and diverse cultural perspectives.
  • Express personal experience through drawing, in context of established standards of diverse contemporary and historical works of art.
  • Broaden awareness of cultural contextualization through personal work.
  • Critique one’s own drawings and drawings by others in relation to drawing history, cultural practices and standards.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

The study of Visual Arts is essential to the development of the individual and one’s meaningful participation in society. At the heart of artistic practice is the ability to organize experience and recognize its meaning. The creation of artwork and appreciation of aesthetics is a source of great pleasure and also a valuable means to effective visual communication. Participating in Visual Arts is an important way for individuals to connect to the past and respond to the present with a stronger sense of engagement with culture and society.

Course Activities and Design

  • Create drawings using a variety of compositional, spatial, and perceptual strategies.

  • Figure/ ground relationship

  • Spatial construction systems in drawing

  • Representation, expression, abstraction

  • Various media in drawing

  • Expanded art vocabulary

  • Elements and principles of design, including line, mark-making, and value.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Assemble a series of drawings

  • Prepare for drawings through idea generation, preparatory studies, and research. 

  • Write analysis essays through application of intermediate-level vocabulary.

  • Create drawings to cultivate deeper connections between personal work, life experiences, history, cultures, and other subject matters

  • Provide constructive, respectful criticism to a group of peers

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Creative Process 

  • Visual Language and Perception

  • Cultural History of Drawing 


  • Elements of Form and Composition

  • Interpretation and Criticism

  • Cultural Contexts

  • Craft, Media, Techniques


  • Path from ideation to expression

  • Traditional technique versus experimentation 

  • Limitations and possibilities of drawing materials and techniques

  • Cultural sources, influences, and appropriation

  • Diversity of approaches to visual language 

  • Awareness of audiences, self -assessment and self-reflection

  • Risk and creativity specific to a drawing practice



  • Generate visual ideas using a variety of creative strategies 

  • Draw using gesture, contour, construction lines

  • Create different kinds of texture in a drawing.

  • Understand the differences between illustration, representation, expression, abstraction.

  • Handle and preserve drawings in an appropriate manner.

  • Manipulate compositional elements  to create form and space 

  • Create drawings with various media 

  • Use vocabulary to write about and discuss drawing and other art forms.

  • Assess one’s own work and others’ work

  • Convincingly translate three-dimensional volumes in a drawing

  • Practice professional standards and responsibility towards the communal studio and the environment when handling drawing materials and tools.