Fundamentals of Drawing FDN-00XH
4:00 pm – 6:20 pm
Main Building, 214
HEOP Fundamentals of Drawing. In the Fundamentals of drawing course students learn to draw as well as draw to learn. The practice of drawing is a core skill for artists and designers to both invent and communicate form and structure. It is also an activity that both requires and develops thinking and feeling, both cognitive and affective capacities across a wide range of domains. This includes analogical thinking, spatial awareness and reasoning, perceptual and procedural learning, as well as the development pragmatic skills and a common vocabulary used to analyze, evaluate and present work. Students will gain familiarity with the practice of drawing through perception and investigation of the world around them. The basic elements of drawing are employed (point, line, plane, and volume), as well as systems of spatial/structural drawing, to engage students in disciplined perceptual and compositional analysis, leading to the imaginative visualization of form and space. Though much of the course work is done in the presence of a subject, it should be understood that an important outcome is the ability of students to develop a drawing with the illusion of three dimensions from information apart from direct observation. To that end, various geometric schema and drawing systems such as axonometric (paraline), and linear perspective will be studied and employed in both observed and imagined situations. The figure is perhaps the foremost subject for the investigation of proportion, the relationship of individual parts to a unified, harmonious whole, and gestural / empathetic response. When working from the human form, students will acquire an understanding of the figure's structure, vitality, character and movement. These attributes of the living form are an important counterpoint to the inanimate nature of the other subjects used in the studio classroom.