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Amy M Lambert
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

This is a studio drawing course and drawing projects will include rendering from life, memory and imagination and will also include critical discourse on contemporary drawing subjects. Through reading, writing and discussion we will examine how contemporary drawings address subjects using metaphor, themes, symbols or abstractions. We will develop skills to critically analyze and interpret drawings that will help to inform your drawing practice. We will look at a wide variety of contemporary artists including drawings by Susan Hauptman, Paul Noble and Marvin Jordan.

Student learning goals

Develop visual literacy skills to critically assess the characteristics and context of contemporary drawing

Build basic drawing skills including contour and gesture drawing, and primary drawing concepts such as proportions, value, depth and texture

Develop an understanding of the relationship between established canons of quality and subject matter in determining the value of contemporary drawing

Develop language and writing skills to effectively communicate about contemporary art

Understand, select and apply drawing media that are appropriate for ideas you want to express in your artwork

Link complex contemporary issues to creative expression through drawing practice

General method of instruction

We will engage in studio art practice every week. Studio classes will include instructional exercises, independent work and group critique. Course material will be presented through interactive lectures, discussions and readings loosely centered on artists presented in digital images and supplemental readings. Generally, we will explore the work of one or more contemporary artists each week. We will focus on the content of artists work as well as the methods and processes they use to create drawings.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

To make valuable contributions to the class, you will need to complete the readings (taking notes), engage in discussion and develop thoughtful questions pertaining to ideas and concepts that interest you. Course notes, questions, reflections, thoughtful synthesis of themes and visual observations should be recorded in your sketchbook.

In-class participation, drawings, art-review, group discussion and sketchbook assignments


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 Amy M Lambert
Date: 01/26/2011