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This single-semester studio course is an introduction to traditional skills and principles as well as experimental techniques in drawing.  We work to gain a greater working knowledge of line, shape, perspective, proportion, volume, and composition. 

Concepts taught.​
  1. Value (Light and Shadow)

  2. Form, (Volume and Mass

  3. Composition

  4. Abstraction and Realism

  5. Formal Critique

  6. 1 and 2 Point Perspective

  7. Atmospheric Perspective

  8. Texture and Line

  9. Background, Middlegound and Foreground

  10. Negative And Positive Space

  11. 1:1 measurement

Course Projects
  1. Geometric form-still life study series

  2. Color theory & principles of design via collaborative abstract drawing

  3. Self portrait

  4. "Vase Face" self portrait

  5. Cool & warm color landscape drawings


This week's homework:


Self directed tutorial- please see teacher for take home handout.


Course Requirements

Attendance-more than 3 unexcused absences will result in a letter grade drop.


Effort and attitude are conisdered a crucial aspect of sucess in studio culture and are integrated into each projects grading rubric.


Every effort is made to inculcate a culture of self awareness and growth as a result of assesment. 
Students recieve assessment in the following forms:


Direct individual assesment 

  • Project rubrics

  • In class written and verbal feedback

Teacher guided student centered assessment

  • Peer critique

  • Self assessment



Drawing is putting a line around an idea.


-Henri Matisse

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