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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 Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the function of skeletal and muscular components of the figure.
  2. Apply analytic procedures in the observation and representation of the human form.
  3. Demonstrate drawing as a creative form of personal visual expression.
  4. Discuss the drawing experience.
  5. Select a color scheme to illustrate proper design and expression, as well as representing space and form.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • 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 12, 2015
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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