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Drawing I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 131

       Course Name: Drawing I

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines basics of drawing. Focus is on development of fundamental skills in proportion, value (shading) and perspective, use of form for personal expression. Content includes work from still life, live models and outside subject matter, media use of pencil, charcoal, conte, ink, and pastels. Studio work outside of regular class time required.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A.    Student will compose and draw original artwork (drawings) through observation in a variety of media to include:
         1.    Pencil
         2.    Pen/marker
         3.    Charcoal
         4.    Brush and ink
         5.    Conte
         6.    Colored pastel chalk or/oil pastels
B.    Student will create drawings that demonstrate an understanding of
         1.    Positive and negative space
         2.    Contour line
         3.    Value (linear aspects and blended aspects)
         4.    One and two point linear perspective
         5.    Relative proportion
         6.    Balanced composition
         7.    Color making
C.    Student will draw from nude live model (approx. 4 sessions) as an introductory to life drawing.
D.    Student will evaluate and discuss through class critiques his/her own, as well as others’ art work

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Exercises in visual perception.
         1.    Principles of perception.
         2.    Application of principles to drawing.

B.    Volume through rendering values.
         1.    Principles of chiaroscuro.
               a.    Light source
               b.    Simplifying to basic shapes.
         2.    Techniques
               a.    Charcoal
               b.    Pressed charcoal
               c.    Conte

C.    Expressive aspects
         1.    Elements
               a.    Line
               b.    Shape
               c.    Value
        2.    Composition
        3.    Technique

D.    Ink as Medium
        1.    Line, pen and ink
              a.    Techniques
              b.    Expressive elements/aesthetic elements
        2.    Crosshatching
              a.    Techniques
              b.    Creation of volume and space
              c.    Expressive elements/aesthetic elements
        3.    Line, brush and ink
              a.    Techniques
              b.    Expressive elements/aesthetic elements
        4.    Wet-in-wet
              a.    Techniques
              b.    Creation of volume and space
              c.    Expressive element/aesthetic elements

E.    Synthesis.  Final four weeks blending principles and techniques covered to date with personal concepts-expression.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

After class presentations of media and principles, students work in the studio while instructors help students to master the class presentations.  There are group critiques of drawings.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

    A.    Studio work:  Drawings will be made during class time.
    B.    Oral response:  Participation in critiques.
    C.    Field work:  Drawings assigned as homework.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

A.    Sketchbook (9x12, or 11x14)
B.    Newsprint pad (18x24)
C.    4B or 6B pencil—soft eraser
D.    Charcoal, stick and pressed, med/soft
E.    Kneaded eraser
F.    Chamois (c. 5” sq.)
G.    Fixative
H.    Various black ballpoint and felt tip pens
I.    Conte
J.    Pressed charcoal
K.    India ink (Pelikan or equivalent)
L.    Pen holder and fine, medium and wide tips
M.    Medium (No. 8 or 10) round brush, of the best possible quality ($$)
N.    Good paper for the media you will work in

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A.    Based on the works critiques, students will be awarded grades which reflect proficiency in media, visual principles, and expressiveness.
B.    Attendance is mandated by instructor.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.