ARTS 5 Drawing

Drawing is designed for students who wish to gain hands on skill development as well as acquiring a greater appreciation for the history and practice of the visual arts. Sculpture is open to all students across disciplines where they may learn to understand in a greater capacity how to use design-based thinking to solve real-life practical problems. This hands-on course gives students the opportunity to learn about issues of craft, and the importance of hand skills associated with the practice of 3D design and sculpture. This course introduces students to the basic techniques associated with traditional materials as well as concept building skills. Observation is also a key component in seeing works and understanding how they function visually. The articulation of 3-dimensional space is vital to understanding how we experience static and dynamic forms.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR STUDIO ART (PLO’s)

Program Learning Outcomes are the goals set by the Studio Arts faculty for your major studies and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree here at Pacific. As a matter of routine, you can, and will, use these PLO’s as benchmarks for self-assessing your learning. These expected program outcomes inform the objectives of this course as well as the assignment rubrics. This course introduces and develops the following PLO’s:

• Artistic Perception: Use principles of design and visual arts vocabulary to systematically analyze works of art in written commentary and through dynamic discussion with others.

• Artistic Process: Create original works of art that integrate perceptual acuity, compositional design theory,  skill with media, and expression of personal intent. Engage in behaviors basic to the creative problem solving process, including a commitment to work, inquiry and experimentation.

• Historical/Cultural Contributions of Visual Art: Identify, describe, and discuss how issues of time, place, economics, science and broad cultural influence are reflected in works of art.

• Aesthetic Valuing: Independently produce art criticism that engages the diverse meanings and sources of significance in a work of art.

• Professional Practices: Demonstrate a proactive and coherent approach to pursuing one’s own artistic, intellectual, and career objectives.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN (PLO’s)

Program Learning Outcomes are the goals set by the Graphic Design faculty for your major studies and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree here at Pacific. As a matter of routine, you can, and will, use these PLO’s as benchmarks for selfassessing your learning. These expected program outcomes inform the objectives of this course as well as the assignment rubrics. This course lays the foundation for the following PLO’s:

• Solve communication problems, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and user testing, and evaluation of outcomes.

• Describe and respond to the audiences and contexts which communication solutions must address, including recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural, and social human factors that shape design decisions.

• Understand design-related tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages.

• Identify the major historical achievements, current issues, processes, and directions in the graphic design field as well as in art in general.

COURSE OVERVIEW

“It is said that Leonardo drew so well because he knew about things; it is truer to say that he knew about things because he drew so well.” Kenneth Clark

ARTS 005 is a foundational level course in drawing. Emphasis is placed on the physical and intellectual skills needed to represent form on a two-dimensional surface. Studio Art Majors will learn skills necessary to fully develop as a visual artist. Graphic Design Majors will learn to develop design solutions on paper. General Education students will be exposed to creativity, new ways of seeing and visual problem solving.

COURSE OBJECTIVES/LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

1. Recognize a variety of drawing styles, techniques and intentions of both historical and contemporary artists.

2. Apply and expand understanding of the communicative potential of art elements and compositional devices to aid in the creation and written/oral critique of drawings.

3. Demonstrate a basic fluency in drawing, e.g. the ability to use drawing for representation, expression and visualization.

4. Demonstrate fundamental skill with traditional drawing media and techniques.

5. Engage in behaviors basic to the creative problem solving process, including a commitment to work, inquiry and experimentation.

For students taking the course as Studio Art Majors, the course develops four learning outcomes of their program:

(1) Competence with the principles of visual organization, including visual elements in two-dimensions and drawing: (2) Use of the principles of visual organization for formal analysis of artwork; (3) Knowledge of media, technologies and equipment; and (4) Integration of studio practice, theory, analysis, media and technology to address art problems.

For students taking the course as Graphic Design Majors, the course provides foundation for four of the learning outcomes:

(1) Solve communication problems, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and user testing, and evaluation of outcomes.

(2) Describe and respond to the audiences and contexts which communication solutions must address, including recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural, and social human factors that shape design decisions.

(3) Understand design-related tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages.

(3) Identify the major historical achievements, current issues, processes, and directions in the graphic design field as well as in art in general.

The course supports the following University-Wide Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

1. In support of the Critical and Creative Thinking learning objective this course develops two university-wide learning outcomes: (1) Effectively analyze, integrate, and evaluate information; (2) Create novel approaches in a variety of contexts.

2. In support of the Communication learning objective this course introduces two university-wide learning outcomes: (1) Prepare and deliver effective forms of written communication; (2) Select and use appropriate communication technologies.

3. Activities of limited length are integrated throughout the course to support the development of the Universitywide learning objectives of Ethical Reasoning; Collaboration and Leadership; Intercultural and Global Perspectives and Sustainability.

To achieve the course objectives students will:

1. View master drawings.

2. Create drawings that explore the expressive potential of art elements and compositional devices to convey personal intent.

3. Use art terminology in critiques to describe, analyze, evaluate and justify artistic choices.

4. Progress through a series of skill building drawing exercises that develop eye-hand coordination and the ability to see and accurately render proportional relationships, tonal relationships, and perspective.

5. Create drawings in pencil, ink, charcoal, Conté crayon, and watercolor.

6. Employ verbal and written reflection and formal analysis as a means of learning and developing an aesthetic position.

Assignments will include:

• Carefully controlled drawings as well as free spontaneous drawings

• Drawings from life and drawings from imagination

• Realistic renderings as well as expressive abstractions (distortions)

• Gesture and contour drawings in a variety of media

• Value studies

• Modeling and creating spatial illusion

• Drawing from photographs – photo realism

• Exploring the three major subjects of still life, portraiture and landscape in black and white

• Perspective Drawings

• Written Critiques

REQUIRED TEXTS & LEARNING MATERIALS

These materials are available at the University Bookstore as well as many art supply stores and online vendors. Readings from supplemental materials will be assigned. Discussion will follow these readings to clarify, pose questions and ensure understanding of the material, which relate to the discussion of drawing. A written response to the material may frequently be a part of the reading assignment.