Drawing I – ARTS 211

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An introduction to basic drawing fundamentals including gesture line, contour line, positive and negative space, linear perspective, sight measurement techniques, modeling perspective, and composition. (Formerly ARTS 110)

Prerequisite

None

Rationale

Drawing is one of the fundamental elements of visual thinking; it involves both an overt process of thought and the progressive development of the student’s skill. Becoming an accomplished draughtsman remains foundational to nearly all other disciplines in visual communication arts—in theory and in practice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Begin the drawing process with spontaneous gesture lines to provide a sound framework for further delineation.
  2. Coordinate the eye and hand by rendering specific details through blind contour lines.
  3. Train the eye to see negative spaces as a way of setting the stage for drawing positive shapes.
  4. Apply the theory of linear perspective and sight measuring techniques in practical ways and with accuracy.
  5. Create the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface through the application of modeling perspective (value shading) on traditional subject matter (such as landscapes, still life compositions, architectural scenes, and portrait drawings).
  6. Reduce aspects of the human figure into simplified shapes in order to construct a sound three-dimensional framework on which details can be applied.
  7. Apply basic principles of portrait drawing.

Course Assignment

Lecture presentations and textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

Discussion Board Forums (2)

The student is required to post an original image followed by a response to the provided prompt for each Discussion Board. Each post must be at least 150 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the post, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ posts. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Warm-Up/Free Drawing Project

This project is an exploration of different sorts of stylistic mark-making, following and emulating examples of marks made within an assortment of master drawings. More precise directions are to be found in Exercise 4 in the Workbook.

  1. Read the directions for Exercise 4 carefully. Turn to pages 10–11: Line Styles.
  2. Look at the work of Matisse. Using a 4b pencil or a felt-tip marker, try to make marks in the artist’s style—as best as you can imitate their character—in the space provided in your Workbook.
  3. Next, follow the directions in the Workbook, using the example of Van Gogh.
  4. Again, with Delacroix.
  5. And once again, follow the given directions for the Ben Shahn example.
  6. Take a digital photograph of your work and upload it to Blackboard under the appropriate area for the assignment.

Vase Faces/Upside-Down Drawings Project

The student will create a drawing utilizing the Vase Faces technique (Workbook, Exercise 5) and an Upside Down Drawing (Workbook, Exercise 6). These exercises focus on developing the ability to perceive visual detail in more enhanced ways, allowing one to see as an artist sees.

  1. Carefully read the directions for Exercise 5 in your workbook. Turn to pages 14–15 and draw as instructed in the space provided.
  2. Take a digital photograph of your completed work and upload it to Blackboard under the appropriate area for this assignment.
  3. Carefully read the directions for Exercise 6 in your Workbook. Turn to pages 18–24 and choose one of the drawings (printed upside down) to copy. Make your copy of the drawing (also upside down) in the space provided in your workbook.
  4. Take a digital photograph of your finished work and upload it to Blackboard under the appropriate area for this assignment.

Flag or Drapery Drawing Project

The student will complete a value-study drawing of a flag or piece of drapery (Workbook, Exercise 29). This exercise presents an introduction to the anatomy of drapery, as well as to the study of light and shade, value shifts, and contrast.

  1. Carefully read the instructions for Exercise 29 in your Workbook.
  2. Select a flag or piece of drapery and arrange it according to the instructions for Exercise 29.
  3. Turn to page 109 in your Workbook and complete the drawing on the provided sketch page.
  4. Take a digital photograph of your completed drawing and upload it to Blackboard under the appropriate area for this assignment.

Contour Drawings Project

The student will create a blind contour drawing (a line drawing wherein one does not look at the paper one is drawing upon, but instead fixes one’s close observational attention completely on the object which is being drawn), as described in detail in the Workbook, Exercise 7. Then, you will create a modified contour drawing, as described in the Workbook, Exercise 11. These exercises are designed to enhance visual sensitivity as well as hand/eye coordination.
1. Carefully read the instructions for Exercise 7 in the Workbook.
2. Turn to page 29 of your Workbook and do the blind contour drawing of your hand on the sketch page provided. Look very carefully at your hand as you draw, but do not look at your drawing itself until you finish it.
3. Carefully read the instructions for Exercise 11 in your Workbook.
4. Turn to page 42 of your Workbook and complete a contour drawing of your hand holding an object on the sketch page provided. Since this is a modified contour drawing, you may of course look at the drawing as you draw this time.
5. Take digital photographs of Exercise 7 and Exercise 11.
6. Upload the photographs of these exercises to Blackboard under the appropriate area for this assignment.

Chair and Corner Drawings Project

The student will create a drawing of a chair and another drawing of a corner of a room utilizing the perspective/spatial concepts covered in the readings and video demonstrations (Workbook, Exercises 15, 18, and 21). The ability to see and conceptualize space is integral to drawing, and it remains fundamental to visual thinking as employed in virtually any medium. The exercises introduce you to the basic concepts and skills necessary to depict spatial relations between objects effectively.

  1. Carefully read the instructions for Exercise 15 in your Workbook. Turn to page 55 and complete the drawing on the sketch page provided.
  2. Carefully read the instructions for Exercise 18 in your Workbook. Turn to page 65 and complete the drawing on the sketch page provided.
  3. Once again, carefully read the instructions for Exercise 21 in your Workbook. Turn to page 78 and complete the drawing on the provided sketch page.
  4. Take digital photographs of the three completed drawing projects and upload them to Blackboard under the appropriate area for this assignment.

Profile Portrait Drawings Project

The student will create a set of 3 drawings exploring various aspects of the profile portrait (Workbook, Exercises 26–28). These exercises form a unit and introduce you to the basic proportions of the human face. The exercises also integrate earlier lessons and concepts of drawing in a more sophisticated fashion. First comes an understanding of proportion, then you will gain experience by copying a master drawing, and finally, you will produce an original profile portrait of your own.

  1. Carefully read the instructions for Exercise 26 in your Workbook. Then turn to page 99 and complete the proportion Exercise. (NOTE: There seems to be a typo in the instructions for this project; instead of finding the partially drawn diagram on page 96, it is in fact on page 99. There is no such diagram on page 96.)
  2. Carefully read the directions for Exercise 27 in your Workbook. Then turn to page 103 and complete the master drawing copy in the space provided.
  3. Carefully read the instructions in your Workbook for Exercise 28. Turn to page 106 and complete your profile portrait drawing as directed in the space provided.
  4. Take digital photographs of all 3 completed drawings and upload them to Blackboard under the appropriate area for this assignment.

Advanced Portrait Drawing/Value Study Projects (2)

The student will create a set of more advanced portrait drawings/value studies (Workbook, Exercises 32, 33). These exercises build upon the knowledge and experience gained in the profile portrait exercises by introducing you to more complex problems and solutions. First, you will learn the canonical facial proportions of the frontal portrait. The next exercise presents the discipline of copying a frontal portrait by Picasso.

Analysis Paper

Choose 1 of the artworks listed below and develop an Analysis Paper of at least 2 pages that describes the techniques and principles of drawing as they are used in the chosen piece.The paper must be in current MLA format and must cite three scholarly references.

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will cover the Reading Material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple choice and/or true false questions, and have a 20-minute time limit.