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 Course Title:   Life Drawing

 Title Abbreviation:   LIFE DRAWING

 Department:    ART

 Course #:    107

 Credits:    4

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    4.5

 CIP:    500401

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

A studio course in which students are introduced to observing and drawing the human form. Using discussion and analysis students will be directed in both traditional and nontraditional use of the figure in drawing.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

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
WSU 111

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appreciate the stylistic and technical development of drawing the human form in the visual arts.
  2. Observe and draw the human form in both formal and informal compositions.
  3. Employ a variety of techniques to draw the human form using but not limited to both wet and dry media techniques.
  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.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

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 lectures, videos, guest lectures and gallery and/or museum visits students will examine the ways artists have responded to the human form in drawing.
  2. Using a model for studio drawing exercises, students will develop observational techniques for drawing the human form in both formal and informal compositions.
  3. Using studio exercises students will practice working with wet and dry media including (but not limited to) pencil, charcoal, pastel ink and other water based media.
  4. Using notebooks, group work, self assessments and/or formal critique sessions students will analyze drawings using the vocabulary of the discipline.