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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: ART 4A.
Advisory: Advisory: ART 5A; this course is included in the Drawing family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful students will be able to use reasoned judgments based on aesthetic design principles, technical mastery and expressive content in class pastel drawing critiques and art discussions.
  • A successful student in an Intermediate Drawing class will be able to communicate expressive subject matter or materials.
Description -
Exploration of artistic concepts, styles, and creative expression related to intermediate-level drawing, focusing on complex subject matter and concepts using a variety of drawing mediums, techniques, and methodologies. Students in this course will build on fundamental drawing skills to develop personalized approaches to content and materials in exercises covering multiple historical and contemporary approaches to drawing.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Produce drawings that creatively interpret and apply formal design elements in the production of images in a wide range of media, formats, and surfaces.
  2. Design and produce a portfolio of drawings in multiple mediums and formats that successfully demonstrates.
  3. Construct and prepare appropriate supports and surfaces for mixed media drawing.
  4. Evaluate and critique class projects using relevant terminology in oral or written formats.
  5. Examine and describe historical and contemporary developments, trends, materials, and approaches in drawing.
  6. Develop and express ideas and concepts through verbal and visual means
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Easels, or tables or drawing horses, display area, blackboard, projection screen, storage area for still life, portable lighting equipment.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access, ongoing access to a computer with e-mail address, software and hardware, and internet access.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Exploration of formal skills, conceptual approaches and the application of formal elements as applied to image making in a wide range of media, formats, and surfaces.
  2. Design, process, and production of drawings in multiple mediums and formats.
    1. Subjective and expressive uses of value,
    2. Techniques and concepts of abstraction or non-objective art,
    3. Experimentation with combinations of wet and dry mediums,
    4. Observational, expressive, and conceptual analysis or application of color,
    5. Application and drawing techniques for a variety of color media
    6. Non-traditional compositions, formats, surfaces and materials,
    7. Conceptually oriented approaches to drawing,
    8. Integration of form and content;
  3. Perceptual and conceptual approaches to image making.
  4. Integration of form and content.
  5. Development and expression of ideas and concepts through visual means.
  6. Traditional and contemporary approaches to the construction and presentation of drawings.
  7. Critical evaluation and critique of class projects using relevant terminology in oral or written formats.
  8. Historical and contemporary developments, trends, materials and approaches in drawing.
Methods of Evaluation -
The following evaluation methods may include but are not limited to:
  1. Portfolio review-Each drawing will be evaluated for technical ability, craftsmanship and personal creative and conceptual approaches.
  2. Written critiques
  3. Written essays
  4. Written participation in lectures of historical and contemporary drawings
  5. Drawing revisions
Representative Text(s) -
Rockman, Deborah. Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation. Oxford University Press, 2011.
Sale, Betti, Claudia. Drawing A Contemporary Approach. 6th ed. Thompson & Wadworth, 2007.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentation using the language of acrylic painting.
  2. Discussion using the language of expressive and contemporary drawings.
  3. Demonstration of a variety of drawing materials, dry and wet drawing tools, mix media drawings, papers, techniques and methods.
  4. Critique and group presentation of intermediate level drawings projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
Lab Content -
  1. The design and production of drawings in multiple media and formats.
  2. Traditional and contemporary methods of creating space, form, and composition.
  3. Development and expression of ideas and concepts through visual means.
  4. Production of drawings that creatively interpret and apply formal and conceptual skill to the development of personal images.
  5. Experimentation with combinations of wet and dry media.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Copy of a contemporary mix media drawing. Research the artwork, the artist, the style, subject matter, content and context. Write an essay or paper describing the artwork. Write a self critique describing the process of making an artist copy or study.