Drawing II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 231

       Course Name: Drawing II

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 131 or consent of instructor or chairperson

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is continuation of ART 131, focusing on personal approach to media and subject matter. Studio work outside of regular class time required.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Students 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
    7. Mixed/combined media
  2. 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
      1. Symmetrical
      2. Asymmetrical
      3. Radial, spiral
      4. Crystallographic
    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
  3. Students will use color in both wet (watercolor) and dry (pastel chalk, oil pastels) to create mood and visualize feeling
  4. Students will evaluate and discuss through class critiques his/her own, as well as others’ art work

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

(This sequence may be altered as class progress requires.)

  1. 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
    8. Perspective.
    9. Exploration/experimentation.
    10. Ink: washes, cross-hatching, and combinations.

  2. Life model will be available during some classes

  3. Option to include digital media in these processes

  4. 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

After class presentations of media and principles, the student will work in the studio while the instructor helps students individually to master the class presentations.  There are group critiques of drawings.

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 may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attendance is mandated by instructor.
  2. All work must be completed on time for proper feedback and grading.
  3. Everyone is expected to comment during the critiques, so that all can benefit.
  4. A sketchbook is required, as both workbook and sourcebook.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

A list of necessary supplies will be handed out.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Grades are based on three areas:
    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?
      *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.
  2. Grades will be given for each drawing handed in during the semester.
  3. Participation in critiques will improve progress by clarifying technique and concepts, thereby affecting the grade both directly and indirectly.

XI.   Other Course Information

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. This class might also involve the use of nude models and nudity, which is standard practice in studio art classes. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

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
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.