Technology and Design Department

Course Outline

Fall 2001

Title               Drawing Foundations


Instructor       Ms. Hellyer (


Prerequisites Foundations of Design



Goals              Students are expected to:

    Develop / increase perceptive abilities 

    Become familiar with a variety of rendering techniques

    Understand how to create the illusion of depth through the use of shading

    Broaden their awareness of styles of drawing

    Draw subjectively and objectively


Skills             Students learn to:

    Incorporate elements of design into their drawings

    Develop an understanding of positive and negative space          

    Express their ideas visually

    Keep handouts and materials organized

    Use the guidelines of composition to frame their subject matter

    Discuss student works in the form of a critique


Topics             Students learn about:

    Expressive qualities of line

    The necessity of observation as it relates to drawing realistically

    Various media, artists and techniques

    Shape definition as a result of changes in value

    Gradation through blending and shading

    Shadows and highlights

    Contour lines

    Foreground, middle-ground, background

    Drawing objects from observation

    Drawing self-reflection in the form of a self-portrait


Materials       The School provides:


    Pencils, erasers, blending stumps

    Charcoal and paper

    Storage facilities in art room


Students provide:

    A pocket folder or binder with storage pockets, sleeves, etc.


Grading          Grading will be determined based on the development of each students work in the areas of technical achievement, quality of content, and composition over the course of the semester.  In addition, student performance is evaluated according to behavior and attitude in class.  Things that affect the grade in this area include respect for others materials and projects,

clean-up, concern for organization..  In addition, grades will also consider overall performance, including class participation, group cooperation, responsible use of time, contribution during group critiques, and class attendance.


20%     Attitude                                 

20%     Attention to requirements of process (demonstrated through fulfillment of assignment)

20%     Idea, content, creativity

20%     Sketchbook use

20%     Overall performance, including punctuality and ability to follow directions and fulfill             specific assignment requirements