Credits 3 / 6 Contact Hours
Pre-requisite: Placement into ACRD 080
A freehand drawing course using basic drawing materials. The figure and still-life as well as other traditional and non-traditional sources for visual imagery are explored. Emphasis is placed on the visual concept and its relationship to techniques and materials.
● Learn to draw from observation and comparison, leading to the ability to see and render a large variety of subjects in an accurate, representational manner.
● Explore basic drawing materials (mostly achromatic/”black and white” media) and their applications, providing opportunities for appropriate choices. Appropriate/affective tonal ranges, contrast, and techniques used in projects will demonstrate a student’s level of comprehension with each material.
● Explore basic components of drawing, including line, shape, value, tone, texture, volume, space, and form. Comprehension of these components of drawing will further allow students to make appropriate creative and technique-related choices, resulting in appropriately skilled drawings.
● Explore a variety of approaches, exercises, techniques, studies, etc., that allow students to grow, adapt, and be versatile in their present and future approaches to art making. The effectiveness of these will be evident through improvement from project-to-project as well as the improvement of their overall drawing/artmaking skills.
● Demonstrated ability to draw using linear and atmospheric perspective. The student’s works demonstrate an increased sense of depth and proportion in relation perspective.
● Acquire a high level of skill in rendering subjects using various tones and local values. Students artworks created should demonstrate proper contrast, image clarity, achromatic differences, and texture portrayal in all media used.
● Skillfully work with elements related to format, proportion, and composition. The expectation will be for students to render subjects accurately within the picture plane in ways that are creative, practical, logical, and visually interesting/stimulating.
● Develop stronger compositional skills throughout the course via cumulative experiences such as the execution of assignments and through peer and instructor evaluations. These skills will increase and be evident through choices involving compositional scale, compositional placement, picture plane orientation, and value/tonal distribution.
● Describe, utilize, and understand art and design related vocabulary. Learning will be demonstrated through the student’s ability to properly utilize vocabulary while verbally communicating and through demonstrated artistic improvement through their understanding of the instructor’s feedback.
● Acquired ability to render complex objects, subjects, and textures through the observation and understanding of the effects of light and shadow on the basic shapes objects are comprised of. Students should demonstrate the ability to accurately draw the effects of light and shadow on basic shapes-related objects (spheres, cones, squares, and cylinders) as well as more structurally complex subjects caused by combinations.
● Acquired ability to render various textures. Skillful execution of textures will be demonstrated by a convincing portrayal of tones used to appropriately relay the key visual properties associated with the textures explored over the semester.
● Use drawing to develop and express finished concepts and layouts to communicate visually. Students should demonstrate the ability to successfully communicate concepts, pictorial relationships, depth, and texture.
● Understand the application of drawing skills within the Fine Arts studio practices, graphic design industry, and other fields and practices in the visual arts. Successful completion of all projects will help students exhibit understanding of these skills throughout their education and careers.
● For students to begin to learn to be self-directed and investigate in order to successfully problem solve the challenging relationships between the artistic media being used, the assignment’s concept, and intent of the drawing.
● Explore the use of texture and “patterns” as surface and design, resulting in accurate translation of forms from reality to a drawn image.
● Expose students to Contemporary art and Art History through museums, galleries, libraries and other modern sources.