ARTS-151: Drawing I

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ARTS-151 Drawing I

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 4 studio hours

Credits: 3

Course Description in college catalog:

Drawing I provides a skill to observe, to translate three-dimensional forms on to two dimensions, to solve pictorial problems through process, and to think critically. Students learn basic skills and techniques for drawing from direct observation using subjects such as still life, landscape, and architecture. The depiction of form, light, and spatial depth is emphasized along with accurate proportion and scale. Research tools such as thumbnail sketches and quick studies are used to develop ideas and solve pictorial problems. Analysis of drawings, critiques, and classroom discussions build vocabulary and enrich the students’ understanding of drawing. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art and Design)

A.S. Digital Art and Design

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will apply basic sighting and measuring strategies to utilize the use of picture plane effectively, understand proportion, scale, and spatial relationship.

  2. Students will learn and utilize different ways of balancing a composition such as symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial.

  3. Students will apply the rules of linear and atmospheric perspective to draw realistically.

  4. Students will apply critical thinking to solve pictorial problems.

  5. Through observational drawing, students will learn how to depict the three-dimensional world onto two -dimensional surfaces such as paper. Through various exercises they will learn the technique and utilization of vital elements of realistic drawing such as form, light, and space.

  6. Students learn the historical aspect of drawing. They identify and analyze classifications such as realism, abstract, and non-objective.

  7. Critique: Collaboratively, students will use the proper lexicon to their discipline to appropriately discuss the work in achieving learning objectives of the given assignments.

Program-specific outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a progressive understanding of the various elements and basic interrelated processes of creation, interpretation, and execution within their discipline

  2. Form and defend fundamental value judgments about works of art within the area of concentration

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

  4. Integrate personal observation and objective criticism in the evolution of their artistic work

  5. Resolve technical problems associated with creating artwork

  6. Use aesthetic judgment to make design decisions by balancing the historical, theoretical and practical concerns to create works that reveal visual literacy

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Written instruction will be provided for each assignment with relevant rubrics.

Assignments will be designed in such a way one sets a foundation for the next learning that leads towards the course-specific outcomes.

The course-specific outcomes parallel the general education goals.

Group critique on each project evaluation insights the rubric.

The grading process involves both the rational rubric as well as subjective expert based evaluations for achievements that do not fall under the rubric but address the creative processes of students achievements.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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