Drawing: Foundations

Fall 2021
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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This online 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.

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 6-8 hours a week to complete all projects outside of class sessions.




Fall 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (4): 10205

Academic details

Preparatory For

Fine Art, Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Teaching

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Class Standing

Students will be required to purchase drawing material kits that contain all items related to course work. The kit will be available for pick-up at the Olympia campus. A pick-up schedule and location is forthcoming. Supply kits for this course cost $80.00 total. Exceptions will be made for students who have all materials confirmed after communicating this with the faculty. 

If students needs their kit to be shipped, they will need to email the faculty 14 days prior to the first class session.


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May be offered again in
<p>Fall 2021</p>