I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 231
Course Name: Drawing II
Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
4. Brush and ink
6. Colored pastel chalk or oil pastels
7. Mixed/combined media
B. Through a “series” of related subject and artwork students will develop a portfolio of a minimum of 10 finished drawings that demonstrate an investigation and understanding of the following:
1. Compositional motifs
c. Radial, spiral
2. Contour line, continuous line
3. Value: blending, stipple, wash
4. Color: harmony, emphasis, objective, subjective
5. Scale and format changes
6. Beginning abstract principles
C. Students will use color in both wet (watercolor) and dry (pastel chalk, oil pastels) to create mood and visualize feeling
D. Students will evaluate and discuss through class critiques his/her own, as well as others’ art work
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
A. Lecture, demonstration and critique topics:
1. Focus of idea/emotion/technique in drawing. Although the second semester covers the same topics as the first, the level of skill and involvement is expected to be higher, and drawings should be more focused, clearer in concept (Form & Content).
2. Seeing as basis for drawing.
3. Proportion as function of value and shape.
4. Charcoal technique.
5. Chiaroscuro ("shading").
6. Pressed charcoal.
7. Color: mixing, application techniques, and color relationships
10. Ink: washes, cross-hatching, and combinations.
B. Life model will be available during some classes
C. Option to include digital media in these processes
D. Health and Safety Issues
1. Proper use of materials
2. Clean-up procedures
3. Venting of aerosol dispersoids
4. Proper storage practices (including flammable and/or toxic materials)
5. Ethical and legal considerations for disposal
VII. Methods of Instruction
Work in class from the still-lifes and life models, as well as time spent outside of class drawing.
Each new assignment will be explained by the instructor. Since the techniques covered are essentially the same as for the first semester, whatever is expected above these basic techniques will be mentioned. In general the higher expectations are in the area of CONCEPT (see "Methods of Evaluating Progress" below).
Drawings will be worked on in the studio.
There will be group critiques (reviews) of work.
PowerPoints will be shown to demonstrate technique and expression.
Course is taught as face-to-face.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
B. All work must be completed on time for proper feedback and grading.
C. Everyone is expected to comment during the critiques, so that all can benefit.
D. A sketchbook is required, as both workbook and sourcebook.
IX. Instructional Materials
A list of necessary supplies will be handed out.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
1. Accuracy of proportion and value
2. Technique (is the full use being made of the medium?)
3. Concept (why is the drawing being made?)
B. Grades will be given for each drawing handed in during the semester.
C. Participation in critiques will improve progress by clarifying technique and concepts, thereby affecting the grade both directly and indirectly.
*As an advanced drawing student, all three of the above areas are equally important. Unlike the first semester, during which concept (Form and Content) was important only near the end of the course, it is now important from the very beginning.
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.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.