• Course Title: Drawing 1

    Subject Area: Visual Arts

    Student Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

    Length of Course: 20 weeks

    Credit Assigned: 0.5 credit

    Prerequisites: None (without college credit);

    Articulation with ECC for 3 College Credits= Studio in Art or Teacher Recommendation; college fee

    Enrollment Limit: 12

    This course fulfills an art elective requirement for 1/2 credit of Art in High School. 



    Drawing 1: This class is an introduction to drawing media and techniques with an emphasis on drawing from observation, combined with creative and imaginative work. The use of the elements and principles of art (such as line, form, color, texture, contrast, balance, motion, rhythm, etc.) will be explored in a variety of basic media including charcoal, pencil, colored pencil, pastels, and mixed media.


    Goals & Objectives:

    • Learn a variety of drawing & painting media, tools, and techniques. This includes proper tool use, safety, cleaning and storage.

    • Present their work to the public, including mounting, matting and framing techniques.

    • Students will effectively use artistic planning techniques and apply skills learned in Studio in Art, such as using the elements and principles of art and the elements of composition, to create more sophisticated artworks. Students will demonstrate knowledge of successful design techniques using the elements and principles of design in their plans and final products.

    • Use a variety of sources to learn about the field of traditional arts, cultural art, art institutions, artists, and careers in this field.

    • Students will create a variety of written and visual responses to research ideas in the field of drawing and painting.

    • Critique and evaluate artwork in order to better understand successful composition.

    • Students will learn vocabulary relating to specific processes and techniques in art through group and individual lecture and guided research.


    Materials (Include title & Author of Text(s):

    No assigned textbook, but may include readings from a variety of sources, including books, Web pages, and Power Point displays.

    All supplies are provided, but students are responsible for care and upkeep and bringing them to class daily.  This includes: art media, sketchbook, portfolio.  Media and tools must be returned; proper care will be graded.  Recommended: Small pencil box or tackle box to store art media. A drawer will be provided, but students are to keep things neat and organized on the shelf and in the room.

    Drawing Media: pencil, charcoal, marker, colored pencil, chalk pastel, oil pastel, crayon, pen and ink, brush and ink, scratchboard, etc.



    Course Content:

    Drawing 1 - Each Unit is roughly 1-3 weeks long based on difficulty and students’ progress.

    • Sketchbook Development (ongoing)

    • Pre-Instruction drawing – self-portrait, observed object, building

    • Drawing Basics (Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain)- blind contour, sighted contour, viewfinder (foreshortening), upside-down drawing, sighting (hands, portrait, still life object) (2 weeks- often completed in Studio in Art by most art students)

    • Still Life using line- modified line pressure, line quality, cross-contour/ topography.

    • Figure in Art: Posed and Action - Proportion drawing, gesture drawing (line of action, main masses, positive/negative shapes, sighting, form through cross-contour, pentimento), figures in background

    • Figure/ Ground Relationship (Positive/ Negative Space) – Plant with background, group of chairs, mini still life

    • Linear Perspective: 1 & 2 pt perspective, horizon, orthogonal, cone of vision, boxes using 1 pt perspective, invented room using 1 pt perspective, room of choice using 1 pt perspective from observation or photo, invented architecture using 2 pt perspective, architecture from photo using 2 point perspective (using grid, finding v.p., determining horizon line) (4 weeks)

    • Shading and form- basic forms, lighting objects, shadow shapes, highlight, crest shadow, reflected light, and cast shadow, additive and subtractive drawing techniques- mini still life with egg shells, popcorn, or some similar organic object.

    Other projects may include:

    • Value shading of still life of boxes and vases using Chiaroscuro. Compositional placement and successful use of space.

    • Charcoal drawing of fabric and drapery placed in still life. Using form as structure: tubes, cones, boxes based on objects and fabric hanging. Hard vs. soft edges.

    • Self-portraiture using toned paper for middle tone, white charcoal for highlights. Proportion, anatomy, expression, lighting style.

    • Animal portrait- introducing color- color theories and blending colors, mixing tints and shades. Chalk pastel to develop form and texture.

    • Mixed media- landscape. Watercolor techniques: flat wash, graded wash, drybrush, and glazing. Develop underpainting (actual color vs complementary color underpainting) for masses in a landscape. Colored pastel pencils used to add detail and develop further texture.

    • Final project based on personal interest utilizing skills learned to this point.

    • Displaying work- annual art show and contests. Matting/ mounting work. Critique skills. Artist statements.



    Methods of Study:

    Methods of study include project work, portfolio development, teacher instruction, tutorial work, individual and group critique, written and oral critique, small group interaction, and research papers/power points. A majority of the work will be student driven project work based on problems posed in class based on historical and cultural themes as well as usage of techniques learned in class.  Students will develop a portfolio of work. Teacher instruction will often be tutorial work, which includes watch and follow methods to inspire visual and kinesthetic learners. Critique may be written or oral, individual, small group, or class.  Occasionally, research projects will be included to further student understanding of current art concepts.


    Assessment Plan

    Major Projects…………….50% (~3 - 4 per M.P.)

    Must be in on time to receive full-credit.  Projects can be re-worked for a higher grade, but points off for late work will still apply.  Artwork will be graded on effort / time, use of media and techniques, design/ composition, creativity / risk-taking, and emotion/clarity of message.

    Class Participation & Effort/ Sketchbook…………..50% 

    This includes effective use of class time, participation in drawing and critiques, cleanup, technique-building exercises in sketchbook, etc. 

    Extra Credit…………….5%

    Participation in the arts outside of class: volunteer work, contests, additional research, etc.

                    Marking Period 1 Grade (50%) + Marking Period 2 Grade (50%) = 100%

                    Marking Period 3 Grade  + Marking Period 4 Grade = 100%