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Gary L. Carpenter
B ART 121
Bothell Campus

Introduction to Drawing

Builds basic drawing skills, develops understanding of primary concepts which relate to drawing and develops an understanding of the grammar or syntax of two-dimensional language. Students move beyond their current knowledge and abilities and link new skills, concepts, and understandings to creative expressing. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Spring 2014. Because this course moves rapidly and the first day is so important in setting the tone for the course and reviewing expectations,attendance in the first class session is mandatory. A variety of basic visual language concepts will be explored in this introductory course including composition, format, line, contour, cross-contour, mark, measurement, proportion, interval, ratio, movement, shape (both positive and negative), figure/ground relationships, space (including atmospheric perspective and linear perspective), volume and value. We will explore these concepts through a variety of exercises and mediums. This course focuses on learning to draw accurately from observation.

Student learning goals

Understand and be able to implement fundamental visual language concepts in drawings from the still life, the landscape and the figure.

Have the vocabulary and comprehension to formulate and express more informed opinions about works of art (the ability to engage in critical dialogue).

Begin to develop a means of making the drawing process more introspective, personal and unique.

Better understand the practice of drawing and have the skills necessary to continue growing as an artist.

General method of instruction

This is a studio course, and will focus on working from observation both in class and outside of class. There are no text books, so the primary form of instruction is through discussions and practice in the classroom. Because of this, attendance is crucial and 40% of the overall grade is based on work completed during class.

Recommended preparation

All levels are welcomed, but no prior experience is necessary. An open mind and a willingness to explore ideas and concepts, and a strong work ethic are what are required to do well in this course.

Class assignments and grading

During class, students will develop drawings from still lifes, landscape, and the nude figure as they learn a variety of tools and concepts to assist in their ability to draw accurately. Homework assignments will include working daily in sketchbooks as well as exploring class concepts in longer drawings. A final series of drawings will explore students individual interests in drawing while demonstrating the skills they've acquired throughout the quarter.

Course evaluations will be based on the following: o Students understanding of course concepts o Students implementation of course concepts in drawings and the ability to utilize learned concepts in subsequent assignments o Preparedness, overall improvement, and participation in class discussions and critiques. Class discussions and individual critiques are an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate an understanding of the course concepts and to receive valuable feedback from the instructor and other students.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gary L. Carpenter
Date: 01/09/2014