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This introductory to intermediate course provides a strong, foundational understanding of principles and techniques of fine-art drawing. We will emphasize learning to draw what can be represented through close observation with an interpretation of still life objects and photographic reference. Students will be introduced to a variety of basic drawing materials such as graphite and charcoal. Students will learn various techniques, including sighting and measurement, scale and perspective, and value and composition. Students will develop a context for their work through readings and research projects about influential artists, both historical and contemporary. Students will collaboratively investigate the significance of drawing in context to the greater art world through research and seminar. Individually, students will keep a sketchbook throughout the quarter and complete regular drawing assignments outside of class. A final portfolio of completed assignments will be reviewed at the end of the quarter in a group critique.
In this remote learning course students will gain a strong understanding of foundational principles and techniques for drawing realism. Emphasis will be placed on learning to draw through close observation with regular hands-on practice students will develop strength in their eye-to-hand coordination. The subject matter will be open for the student to choose, depending on still-life objects and scenes available to students from their home environment. Each week the class will focus on a different technical skill. Students will learn various techniques, including sighting and measurement, scale and perspective, and value and composition.
Students will develop a context for their work through readings and research projects about influential artists, both historical and contemporary. Students will collaboratively investigate the significance of drawing in context to the greater art world through research in weekly written reflections.
All work will be conducted remotely, using Canvas and Zoom. A computer and access to the internet are required for participation. Regularly scheduled synchronous (scheduled) virtual meetings will take place once a week. Working in a collaborative manner, there will be opportunities to hold class critique sessions for peer review and also post to a class discussion platform. Images of student work will be submitted to Canvas throughout the quarter, during week 5 and week 10 students will share their work in an online group critique in Zoom.
Assignments are designed to support the beginner through the advanced student. Through step-by-step demonstrations and video tutorials, students will be expected to take notes and work a-synchronistically (self-paced) during the week. Students will be introduced to a small selection of basic drawing materials such as graphite and charcoal, additional materials are optional. Students should be prepared to invest 8-10 hours a week to complete all projects outside of class sessions.
Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Fine Art, Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Teaching
Credits per quarter
- Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
Students will be required to purchase drawing material kits that will be either shipped to their location available for pick-up. The estimated cost is $60.
Class Size: 20
Scheduled for: Weekend
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 2:00 pm
Located in: Olympia
May be offered again in: