Spring 2020 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Fridge, Brian
Discipline and Number
ARTS 1316 Section 002
M Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Drawing Foundations

Description of Course:

This course provides a foundation for advancement to Drawing II and III, figure drawing and printmaking classes. Emphasis will be placed on the process of charcoal, graphite and ink in relation to design concerns such as light, space, form and composition. The class will stress the importance of drawing as a method to make visual form out of conceptualized ideas as well as provide the manual skills to describe reality.

Drawing, the act of making a mark by dragging a tool across a receptive background, usually a piece of paper, hardly conjures the impressions left us by the great masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Delacroix, or Rubens. In this class we will investigate a variety of drawing techniques, drawing's interpretive nature and the potential uses implied by the language of drawing in both a contemporary as well as historical context.

This class will focus on the initiation and cultivation of the basic drawing skills used in achieving a visually literate foundation in communicative and interpretive skills. This will include eye/ hand coordination skills, rendering techniques, composition, drawing construction, proportion and perspective. We will integrate this into the use and investigation of drawing schematically, metaphorically, descriptively, and atmospherically.

This class invites the curious novice to explore the potential of this right brain approach to communicating. Those seeking to advance their already developed drawing skills will be challenged to specific portfolio projects.


Performance will be evaluated through attendance, effort in objective, level of individual improvement, and creative application. Final grades will be assessed by a cumulative portfolio review and notebook at the end of the semester.


There is no required text. There will be selected readings and handouts.

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