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Melanie Sinclair
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 an introductory course in freehand drawing which involves the study of space and form through the use of perspective, line and value. Students will learn to translate three dimensional objects to two dimensions on paper. It is highly recommended that students who wish to be successful in this class attend on the first day, as we will begin with lectures that day, and in class drawing will begin on the second class day, requiring a minimum amount of supplies.

Student learning goals

Produce drawings showing individual expression in various media.

Produce drawings using or that are: collage, scale and proportion, texture (simulated, invented, and actual), non objective, and grid-based.

Analyze the subject and determine appropriate materials, composition, and techniques for the drawing.

Produce drawings based on independent decision making

Evaluate verbally and in writing his or her own and others

Produce a drawing portfolio, focusing on the methods and techniques listed above.

General method of instruction

The text is an optional reference material, not required. Methods of instruction may include: explanations, demonstrations, hands-on art studio work time, in-class critiques, slide presentations, video/film presentations, lectures, and/or readings (from textbooks, peer-reviewed articles, books, original source seminal texts). Class time may include demonstrations, field trips, assignments, introductions, studio time for projects, and critiques.

Recommended preparation

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

Class assignments and grading

Methods of Assessment/Evaluation may include: portfolios, creative projects, tests and quizzes which may include: definitions, matching, multiple choice, true/false, short answer, brief essay, essay, lists; writing assignments, in-class discussions and/or critiques; written papers including critiques, essays, analyses, reviews, research, comparing and contrasting artistic or design theories and perspectives; service learning projects; presentations; group and/or individual projects.

Homework, assignments and projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria: • Adherence to all specific assignment guidelines/content requirements. • Adherence to deadlines. • Level of technical difficulty attempted and achieved. More sophisticated work may receive higher scores. • Creativity and Originality: Solving the assignments in an imaginative and unique way may lead to a higher score. • Honesty: Submit your own work.


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 Melanie Sinclair
Date: 03/15/2013