Basic Principles of Drawing

Universidad Veritas

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Basic Principles of Drawing

  • Host University

    Universidad Veritas

  • Location

    San José, Costa Rica

  • Area of Study

    Studio Art, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course name: Basic Principles of Drawing
    Course code: ART 1301
    Total contact hours: 48 hours

    This studio art course introduces basic principles of drawing. The course includes model drawings, landscape drawings and experimental (abstract) drawings. The focus of this course is on the development of expression and observational drawing from still life, a model and landscapes.

    Students will learn how to:
    ? Find creative solutions for spatial issues.
    ? Develop a critical eye to analyze art work and view objects.
    ? Conceptualize and express visual ideas.
    ? Render objects realistically.
    ? Utilize abilities to draw basic formal element including line, shape, texture and value.

    Weeks 1-3
    ? Technique building
    ? Drawing tools
    ? Line drawing / Line through contour
    ? Geometrical shapes
    ? Different surfaces: Representing glass, wood, metal, etc.
    Weeks 4-7
    ? Perspective: Linear, Areal density, etc
    ? Tonality
    ? Texture and pattern
    ? Lanscape drawing
    Weeks 8-12
    ? Human face
    ? Human figure
    ? Animal drawing
    ? Nature

    This course based on:
    Demonstration ? The instructor will demonstrate concepts and technique by
    drawing in front of the class.
    Hands on teaching ? The instructor will make the rounds, working with each
    student, giving constructive criticism, and doing individual demonstrations.
    Discussion ? The instructor will illustrate the technical and expressive aspects of
    life drawing by showing examples of his own work, and the work of other artists.
    Students will be encouraged to participate in group discussions and critiques as
    time allows.
    Individual Discussion ? The instructor will guide students individually by giving
    technical advice and suggested reading and research which would benefit
    individual students.
    Homework assignments are an essential means towards progress in a studio
    discipline. Work outside of class will consist of both independent homework
    assignments dealing with the principles covered in class as well as the continuation
    of drawings begun in class. The latter will require that students spend time in the
    studio outside of regular class meetings. The times the studio is available for use
    outside of class meeting times will be announced and posted.As a general rule,
    students should expect to spend twice as many hours outside of class on their
    drawings as they spend in class each week. However, rate of work varies from
    individual to individual and students are cautioned that they may need more or
    less time and to pace themselves accordingly.

    This course is structured for International Students attending the Study Abroad
    program at Universidad Veritas. However, courses are not exclusive to foreigners
    so a few native student could enroll in this course.

    Students are only allowed 2 absences (justified or not). The student will fail the
    course if he/she has more than 2 absences. Students will have a 0 on any
    assignment evaluated in class (presentations, evaluations, field trips, etc.) if he/she
    is absent in this class, unless an official document is presented to justify the
    absence the class after the absence. In this case the assignment will be done this
    day. An unjustified absence to a fieldtrip will immediately mean failing the
    course. You can only have two total absences in your elective courses
    HOWEVER, if you miss more than one day of class in a given month, YOU
    WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT for that particular course.

    Electronic devices:
    The use of cell phones, smart phones, or other mobile communication devices is disruptive, and is therefore prohibited during class. Please turn all devices OFF and put them away when class begins. Devices may be used ONLY when the professor assigns a specific activity and allows the use of devices for internet search or recording. Those who fail to comply with the rule must leave the classroom for the remainder of the class period.
    Professors have the right to expel a student from the classroom should he / she:
    1) be disruptive in the classroom
    2) be under the influence of alcohol or even smell like alcohol
    3) Behave in a disrespectful way.
    If you tend to be late for class, you will lose 25% of your total grade

    11X14 sketch book
    Pencils: 2B & 4B
    Erasers: white and gray
    Class work and expression 20%
    Homework assignments 60%
    Final project 20%
    Weekly homework assignments projects will only be graded on their due date. All partial assignments may be corrected and re-submitted a second time in order to add an extra 1% in order to improve the grade.
    If a student is unable to attend class, he/she must send his/her due assignment.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY (suggested readings as reference at library)
    De Postels, T. (1951). Fundamentals of perspective (2ª ed.). Estados Unidos: Reinhold Publishing Corporation.. [ESP.D-2 0038]
    Kaupelis, R. (1983). Learning to draw. A creative approach to expressive drawing. Estados Unidos: Watson Guptill.. [ESP.D 0025]
    Kaupelis, R. (1992). Experimental drawing. Estados Unidos: Watson Guptill.. [ESP.D 0022]
    Franks, G. (1988). Pencil drawing. Estados Unidos: Walter Foster.. [ESP.D 0104]
    Magnus, G. (1987). Manual para dibujantes e ilustradores. Una guía para el trabajo práctico (3ª ed.). España: Gustavo Gili.. [IMD.N-3 0010]
    Parramón, J. (1997). Perspectiva para artistas. Los antecedentes históricos, la perspectiva básica; el estudio de las formas básicas; la división de espacios en profundidad; Planos inclinados; escaleras, reflejos, figura y sombras en perspectiva (3ª ed.). España: Parramón.. [ESP.D-3 0003]
    Powell, W. (1989). Perspective. Estados Unidos: Walter Foster.. [ESP.D 0029]
    Szunyoghy, A. (1996). Escuela de dibujo de anatomía humana, animal, comparada. Hungría: Könemann.. [ESP.D 0018]
    Smith, R. (1996). Dibujar la figura humana [DK Art School. Drawing figures]. España: Blume.. [ESP.D 0027]

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