Drawing I is an introduction to a variety of drawing media and techniques. Students explore a wide range of themes and subjects, including still life, architecture, figure drawing, portraiture, and imagination. Formal elements of drawing are covered in depth, including: line, value, volume, space, proportion, perspective, markmaking, and surface texture. Theoretical components include critiques, image presentations, and discussions. In critiques and discussions, we consider composition, use of formal elements, representational accuracy, emotional expression, content, and intention.


  • To understand and effectively use the formal elements of line, shape, space, value, and composition;
  • To understand and effectively use the tools of sighting, measurement, proportion, and basic linear perspective to effectively translate three-dimensional observed reality into two-dimensional drawings;
  • To understand and use basic and experimental working methods for graphite, charcoal, and ink;
  • To work with a range of subject matter including still life, the human figure, landscape, architecture, and imagination;
  • To develop a formal and critical vocabulary addressing the idea of quality in drawing;
  • To improve the development and expression of individual ideas and content.


We will use a variety of approaches when introducing new drawing concepts. Image and video presentations, technical demonstrations, many discussions, and several field trips to draw on-location will enhance your understanding of the concepts introduced and help you find your own personal approach. The majority of class time will be devoted to drawing from direct observation. Group and individual critiques will allow you to articulate your ideas and receive feedback. Weekly homework assignments are designed to further investigate the concepts introduced in class.


Your final grade is based on the following components: 70% portfolio of work; 15% final independent project; 15% overall class participation.