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IAI Major Course Description - ART904 : Drawing I

(3 semester credits)

I. Course Description:

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and techniques of drawing using a variety

of black and white media. Includes drawing from observation and invention leading to an

interpretation and evaluative approach to drawing. Emphasis on descriptive drawing

techniques from geometric and organic objects. Course includes vocabulary development,

critical analysis activities, and reference to contemporary and historic models of drawing.

II. Credit Hours: Three (3) A studio class meeting six (6) clock hours per week

III. Media:

Emphasis on black and white media: Graphite

- Conte Crayon - Charcoal - Ink - Markers


Grounds - Various Papers - options may include digital media

IV. Concepts and skills should include but not limited to:

Value Contour/Line Marking Techniques

Rendering Surface Qualities Space Organizational Principles

Mass/Volume Perspective Form

Proportion / Scaling Gesture

Note: It is strongly recommended that students maintain sketchbooks in this class

V. Critical Analysis:

Class and Individual Critiques providing for understanding of the criteria and standards

used in assessing performance

VI. Historical Reference:

Contemporary and Historical Drawings as Models for Drawing Reference

VII. Health and Safety:

Students should be made aware of the safety issues involved in working with art materials

and techniques for this course work, including proper use, storage, and disposal.

VIII. Suggested References/Texts

Revised by IHEAA, 4


-20-2012 Revision Endorsed by the IAI Art Major Panel,



Adopted by IHEAA, 10


-17-1997 Endorsed by IAI Art Major Panel, 10-29-99

The Illinois Higher Education Art Association (IHEAA) and the IAI Art Major Panel both recognizes that each discipline within an

art program has specific objectives that are routinely formulated by faculty within the discipline. These objectives are further

defined and implemented by each faculty member during the course of teaching a class. It is not the intention of these skills

and content outlines to impose specific course objectives or approach or to prescribe projects


- the domain of each individual

instructor. These skills and content outlines, however, are intended to suggest a set of minimum expectations or standards

from which specific individual objectives and approaches can be developed. Instructors may provide additional experiences,

content and skills, but they should cover what is outlined to assure continuity among courses with similar titles.

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