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Gary L. Carpenter
BISIA 213
Bothell Campus

Art Techniques

Develops intermediate skills and applications in one or more studio arts in order to enhance students' abilities as performers, arts creators, or educators. Recommended: B CUSP 197 or prior experience.

Class description

Autumn 2013. This intermediate course (please see the prerequisite below) will expand on students existing observational drawing skills and will further the location of their own voice through drawing; one of the most popular, immediate and long lived art forms in use today. This class will place a great deal of importance on understanding drawing as a process, rather than simply as a means to a visual end which is critical in developing and supporting a healthy, enduring drawing practice.

Student learning goals

Students will understand drawing as a process, rather than simply the employment of a specific skill set.

students will understand how to establish personal relevance within their drawing practice and how to look more critically at it to further its progression

students will have a wider range of drawing skills

General method of instruction

This studio course is based on in-class, hands on drawing exercises, discussions and critiques. Students will utilize their homework to expand on this work and to find a sustainable, relevant and personal use/role/place for drawing in their lives. There will be assigned readings and an ongoing series of journal assignments designed to further their personal exploration of drawing and to understand drawing as a process.

Recommended preparation

This course requires the completion of B ART 121 or permission of the instructor. This course is not appropriate for beginning level students.

Class assignments and grading

In class, students will work on exercises designed not only to expand their drawing abilities but to challenge their understanding of what drawing is, how it might best serve them and function within their lives. Outside of class they will work through sketchbooks and larger drawings to begin to locate a personal approach to drawing.

Grades will be based on a full exploration of and completion of work, both in class and at home. There are two grading periods in this course; a mid terms portfolio review and a final portfolio review which includes a final series of independently created work. In-class work is worth 40% of the overall grade for the quarter.


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: 04/03/2013