Sep 25, 2021
ART 1041 - Drawing I Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2Lab 2
Course Description: This course introduces students to fundamental drawing strategies. Projects emphasize direct observation of nature, still life, and the human form. Assignments are designed to improve drawing skills, engage creative problem-solving, as well as broaden students’ knowledge of the cultural/historical relevance of drawing.
6 Humanities/Fine Arts
- Historical/Cultural Overview Origins and evolution of drawing as a form of human communication Cultural context Traditional and contemporary applications
- Materials Technical aspects and applications of common materials
- Introduction to the elements of art: Line: Types, qualities and functions Shape: Types, qualities and functions Value: Applications and functions (form, depth, mood, and atmosphere) Texture: Types, qualities and functions Form: Integrating and defining the range of applications Space: Spatial devices Color: (This course does not require a unit on color) Optional unit on color theory basics and how to use color drawing materials.
- Introduction to principles of composition Design terms and concepts Picture plane dynamics and construction Impact of format and cropping
- Themes Process vs. product Introspective observation/Heighteningvisual perception Objectivity vs. subjectivity Abstraction vs. representation Form, subject and content
- Processes Preliminary construction strategies Sketching Seeing and responding Creative thinking strategies (convergent and divergent) Analyzing complex/simple forms and spatial relationships through direct observation of nature, still life and the human form.
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Apply art elements toward an aesthetic and/or technical goal.
- Apply composition principles toward an aesthetic and/or technical goal.
- Analyze visual relationships observed in nature, still life, and the human form via drawing.
- Apply fundamental drawing strategies for constructing the illusion of dimensional space and form.
- Visually communicate ideas and perceptions using traditional and contemporary drawing processes.
- Analyze drawings using terms, principles, and criteria common to art.
- Analyze the historical/cultural relevance of drawing and its many applications.
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