Drawing II – ARTS 311

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

Course Description

Intermediate level study of drawing, including compound subjects primarily in pencil, but also potentially in other media as well. This course expresses technical aspects of drawing through developed descriptive imagery. (Formerly ARTS 310) Note: May be taken twice for credit.


ARTS 211


Once basic skills are acquired, practice becomes necessary to attain mastery. Drawing is one of the fundamental elements of visual thinking, which involves 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 the visual and communication arts, both in theory and in practice. Drawing II, as an extension of Drawing I, further engages the student in a maturation of technical ability and introduces him or her to a more diverse application of techniques.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply drawing fundamentals to personal projects: proportion, values, and edges.
  2. Produce drawings as a technical and creative process to structure and articulate ideas.
  3. Create original drawings with dry media.
  4. Interpret the basic qualities of dry media on personal projects.
  5. Discuss personal projects in class.
  6. Analyze drawing topics discussed in class.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Blogs (2)

The student is required to post an original image and a written description in response to the provided prompt for each blog. Each blog entry must be at least 150 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the entry, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ entries. Each reply must be at least 100 words, offer constructive feedback, and be supported by Reading & Study material.

Object Drawing Project

The student will complete a linear drawing of a single still life object of his or her choice.

Value Scale Drawing Project

The student will complete a drawing of an object (or an assortment of objects) utilizing the basic principles of the value scale.

Still Life Drawing Project

The student will set up a still life arrangement of objects and create a composed drawing with attention to proportion, light source, and value scale.

Perspective Drawing Project 1

The student will create a simple perspective drawing of a chosen object or group of objects.

Perspective Drawing Project 2

The student will complete a more complex perspective drawing dealing with the more advanced perspectival issues discussed in the course textbook.

Boimorphic Form Drawing Project

The student will create a drawing form based on contour lines

Cross Contour Drawing Project

The student will create a fabric still life.

QEP Research Proposal

The student will Develop an original drawing proposal that addresses a specific social/environmental issue. The work should clearly identify a problem (local, national, age specific, gender specific, there are many options) and should promote and persuade the viewer to act in order to create positive change regarding the chosen issue.

Contemporary Drawing and Exploration Project

The student will explore contemporary issues and themes in the assigned Reading & Study material. He or she will then create a drawing on the subject matter of his or her choice.

Analysis Paper

The student will write a 2-page design analysis paper that focuses on the principles and elements of drawing as they appear in a provided work of art.

Reading Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study 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.