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Travis David Smith
ART 190
Seattle 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.

Class description

This is an introductory course designed to facilitate a foundation in drawing fundamentals. Students are introduced to a variety of materials and drawing principles that will contribute to developing drawing skills and understanding formal elements.

By exploring the rudiments of drawing such as line, shape, space, form and value, students will build the necessary skills in order to translate three-dimensional space into two-dimensional pictorial space. Drawings will be done both from observation and imagination. Classroom sessions will be devoted to drawing, discussions, looking at the drawings of other’s, and critiques.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Short reading assignments, slide presentations, outside drawing assignments, in class drawing assignments.

Recommended preparation

None.

Class assignments and grading

Grades are determined by reviewing work addressed in class, homework assignments, and overall performance (i.e preparedness, participation, and effort to improve). Attendance is critical in all of the above-mentioned areas and is therefore a large factor is determining grades.


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 Travis David Smith
Date: 03/25/2012