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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
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ART 1041 - Drawing I

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2 Lab 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.
MnTC Goals
6 Humanities/Fine Arts

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Historical/Cultural Overview Origins and evolution of drawing as a form of human communication Cultural context Traditional and contemporary applications
  2. Materials Technical aspects and applications of common materials
  3. 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.
  4. Introduction to principles of composition Design terms and concepts Picture plane dynamics and construction Impact of format and cropping
  5. Themes Process vs. product Introspective observation/Heighteningvisual perception Objectivity vs. subjectivity Abstraction vs. representation Form, subject and content
  6. 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.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Apply art elements toward an aesthetic and/or technical goal.
  2. Apply composition principles toward an aesthetic and/or technical goal.
  3. Analyze visual relationships observed in nature, still life, and the human form via drawing.
  4. Apply fundamental drawing strategies for constructing the illusion of dimensional space and form.
  5. Visually communicate ideas and perceptions using traditional and contemporary drawing processes.
  6. Analyze drawings using terms, principles, and criteria common to art.
  7. Analyze the historical/cultural relevance of drawing and its many applications.

Competency 1 (1-6)
06. 01. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
06. 02. Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
06. 03. Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
06. 04. Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
06. 05. Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

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