AD 102: Foundational Drawing

Course Description: Introductory drawing course focusing on the methods and knowledge needed to create various types of spatial illusions and translate observed information onto a two-dimensional surface.

Core Modules/Topics

  • Composition
  • Still Life
  • Perspective
  • Constructive/Diagrammatic Drawing
  • Chiaroscuro Form
  • Figure Drawing
  • Portrait
  • Research

Instructional Goals (Learning Objectives)

  • Develop a range of skills with various drawing media and techniques.
  • Recognize the value of sketching to record ideas, research, inspiration, practice, and process work.
  • Establish foundational drawing and design principles that are applicable across disciplines.
  • Utilize observational drawing techniques, such as linear perspective and diagrammatic drawing, to accurately create spatial illusion and form.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the human form in art.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply critical analysis and problem-solving skills in the development of finished drawings.
  • Show an understanding of core visual vocabulary through discussion and critique of final and in-progress work.

Required Methods

  • Drawing from observation utilizing a variety of techniques in graphite and charcoal
  • Use drawing media to construct meaning
  • Drawing from clad and unclad figure models
  • Use gesture and an understanding of basic geometric form to construct believable human figures.
  • Quick sketch, gesture, and layout drawing
  • Use linear perspective (1-pt, 2-pt, 3-pt, isometric) and atmospheric perspective to create spatial illusion and form.
  • Exposure to historical and contemporary trends in drawing across disciplines.
  • Participate in group-critique and self-critique
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze, research, and present work (written and verbal forms)

Course Outcomes

  • Utilize drawing techniques to control visual organization within composition.
  • Integrate understanding of geometric form and gesture with representational drawing of the human figure.
  • Apply techniques in problem solving and research to synthesize form and content in drawing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically engage artwork using the core visual vocabulary.