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 Course Title:   Drawing Composition and Techniques

 Title Abbreviation:   DRAWING COMP/TECHNIQUES

 Department:    ART

 Course #:    102

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    500705

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

An intermediate studio course in which students develop drawing skills with an emphasis on composition and technique.


Prerequisite: ART 101 or permission of the instructor

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Required for certificate, Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 250
Other Transfers to 3 BIS as GUR
U of W 122
WSU 102
WWU 110

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the development of composition and technique in drawing.
  2. Create both formal and informal compositions in their drawings.
  3. Employ a variety of drawing materials to achieve communication goals.
  4. Critically analyze their drawings using the vocabulary of the discipline.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.
7.2 Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles.

Course Contents

  1. Using lecture, video, guest lecture and gallery and/or museum visits, students will examine a variety of approaches to drawing and composition.
  2. Using group and studio exercises students will demonstrate skills in creating both formal and informal compositions.
  3. Using group and studio exercises students will demonstrate technical skills with but not limited to charcoal, pastel, oil sticks, watercolor and ink.
  4. Using notebooks, self assessments and/or formal critiques, students will analyze their work using using the vocabulary of the discipline.