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Effective: Fall 2011

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GRDS 60.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

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Description -
Developing drawing skills for communicating ideas. Learning to simplify complex realistic images to express design concepts rapidly and effectively.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. create arresting, on-the-spot drawings quickly.
  2. fabricate solid three-dimensional figures and objects on paper through observation plus the use of research.
  3. examine and indicate light and shadow as they apply to defining form and/or anatomy.
  4. demonstrate improved presentation techniques in producing layouts for graphic designs.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Drawing tables, a light table and a model platform with spotlight.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Breaking complicated still life into basic geometric forms
    1. Cylinders
    2. Cubes
    3. Spheres
    4. Cones
    5. Pyramids
  2. Breaking group arrangements into simple shapes
    1. Creating an invisible outer "envelope" (total enclosure drawn as intersecting lines)
    2. Finding the biggest shape within the "envelope"
  3. Using mechanical aids to perception
    1. Thumb or pencil held in vertical position
    2. Thumb or pencil held in horizontal position
    3. Using viewing squares or frames
  4. Determining vertical and horizontal alignments
  5. Determining proportional relationships
  6. Defining forms by means of negative space (backgrounds and holes)
  7. Defining forms by means of shadow areas
  8. Defining forms by means of perspective
    1. One point
    2. Two point
    3. Other space indicators (size, tone, detail, position, color)
  9. Defining forms by means of edges and surfaces
  10. Defining forms with tools and materials
    1. Markers and pencils
    2. Layout, tracing and sketch pads
  11. Arranging forms within defined areas
    1. Rectangles
    2. Squares
    3. Circles
    4. Free form
  12. Choosing subject matter
    1. Using photographic reference
    2. Observing real objects
    3. Sketching on location
  13. Expressing concepts by means of drawings
    1. For ad and TV storyboard layouts
    2. For poster layouts
    3. For editorial illustration layouts
    4. For a culturally diverse population
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Completed student projects
  2. Full class critiques
  3. Student-teacher conferences
  4. Portfolio review
Representative Text(s) -
Nelson, Craig. The Drawing Bible, North Light Books, Cincinnati Ohio, 2005, ISBN 1-58180-620-5

Disciplines -
Graphic and Interactive Design.
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Oral presentations, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration,
Lab Content -
Laboratory Exercises: Weekly lab exercises in the Network Lab. Each lab exercise may be individual or group activities and covers assigned reading and lecture topics.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly reading assignments from text, online sources and outside written sources include current periodicals,webzines and critical writings on the subject of design drawing.
  2. Writing assignments include critical analysis of both professional and student work with emphasis on understanding the use of line,shape form and color in design drawing.