Approved by Faculty Senate


University Studies Course Proposal: Arts and Sciences Core


Requirements and learning activities that promote students´┐Ż abilities to

a. explore the language, skills, and materials of an artistic discipline:

The aim of Drawing I, as part of a visual arts foundation, is to offer students a meaningful beginning in studio art as well as prepare them, if they so choose, to continue with more advanced studio work and specialized media. An essential component of this course consists of examining historic and contemporary models (works by accomplished artists). The purpose of this work is to develop the student's aesthetic awareness and to facilitate understanding of visual language and it's application to drawing. Reference and study of these models occurs during each studio session through the use of slides, reproductions, original works and/or textbook illustrations.

b. use the methods of an arts practitioner to actively engage in creative processes or interpretive performances:

The use of elementary drawing media is ideally suited to the study of visual language in its most basic form. Students working at this level spend about two-thirds of each class period engaged in studio practice. During this guided study, they are expected to produce works, which address assigned topics and focus upon initial development of drawing skills and expressive use of the media.


c. understand the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression:

Students learn about the cultural and gender contexts, which exist in the visual arts as revealed in the study of traditions, current trends and leading contemporary artists. Drawing I is based in the Western approach to making art, however non-western influences are both significant and frequent. Students are exposed to images from diverse cultures and observe their visual impact in the work of major western artists and art movements. Cultural and gender differences are most frequently addressed in discussions on content, choice of media and stylistic approach in the work of twentieth and twenty-first century artists. The primary focus of this study is to realize and appreciate the benefits of both groups' contribution to the Arts.

d. engage in reflective analysis of their own artwork or interpretive performance and respond to the works of others:

Frequent group and individual critiques of students' work in progress/finished drawings are held. The critique process includes both oral and written comments from the student, their peers and the instructor. In addition, students are expected to analyze and discuss specific works from the models mentioned above and at times compare and contrast a model artist with their own work.




Art 118 Drawing I

This course fulfills 3 credits of the Arts and Sciences Core Requirement in the Fine and Performing Arts area of the University Studies Program.

An examination of fundamental concepts and the basic studio skills in art of drawing, this course intends to develop visual perception, aesthetic judgement and good studio practice. For majors and non-majors.


Statement of Major Focus and Objectives:

Students will:

Learn basic concepts in drawing within the visual art context.

Explore basic studio processes, creative and technical, with a variety of drawing media.

Develop aesthetic perception.

Develop an understanding of relationships of form and content.

Increase awareness of traditional and contemporary drawing styles from diverse cultures with a primary focus on the Western Art.

Increase awareness of the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression.


Course Outline:

Introduction to Drawing and Course Overview

Definitions from historic and contemporary sources

The role of drawing in foundational studies in Art.

Discussion of studio practice in drawing--exploring media, subject matter, observation, visual concepts, and technical approach.

Perceptual Drawing Practice and Study


Assignments focus on working from observation and the use of visual art elements and visual art principles, which form the basis of visual language in drawing.

Elements: line, value, shape, texture, form and space, perspective.

Principles: balance, rhythm and movement, repetition, unity and variety, scale and proportion, contrast and emphasis

Examine works by contemporary and historic masters.

through reproductions

original artworks

drawing directly from reproductions

writing on form, content and/or style of selected works.

Use of a variety of media.

drawing instruments to introduce some of the variety such as charcoal sticks and pencils, pen and ink, graphite pencils, brushes

drawing surfaces to introduce some of the variety such as bond, newsprint, charcoal paper, arches, rives, gessoed surface, wall surface


Course Format:

Lecture, art studio practice(lab), individual and collaborative creation of original drawings, assigned readings, slides, gallery visits, individual instruction and group critiques which include written and oral comments by the student and instructor.


Methods of Evaluation:

Course evaluation will be based on individual's performance in studio work and critiques, portfolio review of work done in response to assignments and other studio. Completion of work according to schedule, written assignments and attendance record .


Textbook and Instructional Materials:

Mendelowitz, Daniel and Wakeham, 'Duane (1997) A Guide to Drawing Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.

Entice, Wayne and Peters, Melody (2000) Drawing, Space, Form, Expression Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc.