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Administrative Unit: Art Department
Course Prefix and Number: ARTS 120
Course Title: Drawing I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 6
Catalog Description: Introduction to figure drawing from direct observation. $30 lab fee.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbook(s) listed is/are not necessarily the textbook(s) used in the course.

Bridgman’s Life Drawing
By Bridgman, George B. (Dover)
Master Class in Figure Drawing
By Hale, Robert Beverly (Watson-Guptil Publications)
Course Objectives
  • To introduce drawing the human form emphasizing critical inquiry and analytical observation.
  • To expand the way of seeing and describing the three dimensional human form on two dimensional surface.
  • To develop a clear understanding of drawing media.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe and explain the function of skeletal and muscular components of the figure.
  • Apply analytic procedures in the observation and representation of the human form.
  • Describe and explain structure as it pertains to the figure.
  • Control the scale of the figure in the composition by understanding the ratio of the subject matter versus the picture plane.
  • Apply the literal understandings that are presented in the lectures to the two dimensional visual understanding.
  • Participate in the formal evaluation of one’s own work and that of others in the class utilizing the visual vocabulary introduced throughout the semester.
    Topical Outline:
  • Review of basic concept and drawing technique
  • Proportion and measurements
  • Basic form and symmetrical structure
  • Modeling--light and shade, value scale, value contrast
  • Gesture drawing exercises
  • Three major masses of human form
  • Exterior skeletal landmarks
  • Plainer analysis of human form
  • Foreshortening
  • Portrait--anatomy on head, neck and shoulder
  • Composition/thumbnail sketches
  • Skeletal and muscular structure assignment
  • Subtractive method
  • Figure in interior space
  • Cropping
  • Scale and format exercises
  • Mid-term/final self-portrait group critiques
  • Mid-term/final individual critiques

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

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    Prepared by: Naomi Sugino Date: April 2, 2008
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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