A freehand drawing course using basic drawing materials. The figure and still-life as well as other traditional and non-traditional sources for visual imagery are explored. Emphasis is placed on the visual concept and its relationship to techniques and materials.
Learning Outcome Overview:
The objective of this class is to introduce the student to the tools and techniques essential to the development and understanding of the basic elements of drawing. By the end of term, the student will become familiar with the elements of drawing, explore artistic work and theory, as well as, develop a visual literacy through creating drawings that reflect an understanding of both form and content. A significant component to this class will include introductions to a variety of drawing materials, concepts, and techniques. Although this is a studio class, lectures, readings, demonstrations, and other materials will supplement the lessons.
During the first half of this semester, we will focus on specific elements and develop an understanding of their meaning and the possibilities inherent in their use. These include, but are not limited to: Line, Shape, Pencil Control, Value, Volume, Perspective, Gesture, Negative and Positive Space, Direct Observation, and Scale. During the second half of the semester we will use these basic elements to explore more elaborate ideas of composition and design: Movement, Exaggeration, Measurement, Spatial Analysis, Plane, Modeling, Illusion, Flatness, Linear Perspective, Viewer Positioning, Concept, and Composition will be discussed. This is an area of study in which the students’ intellectual and emotional engagement will be encouraged.
As we conclude the semester, projects will become more dependent on individual initiative and creativity.
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