ART 104-01: Basic Studio/ Drawing
3 credits, no prerequisites
Spring 2010 TuTh 7-9:45pm
Fine Arts Center Rm #430
Instructor: Hannah Richards
Office Hours: Tues 2-4pm & by appt, SAB #220
firstname.lastname@example.org (I’ll respond within 24 hrs, often sooner if between 8am-11pm)
Course Objectives & Philosophy:
“Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees.”
-Lawrence Weschler, biographer of artist Robert Irwin.
Direct observation and openness to truly looking is prerequisite for developing the
skills to record and express oneself visually. This drawing course centers around learning
the art of seeing and investigation of image-making through two dimensional means.
Over the course of the semester, I will foster a diversity of practice and interpretation,
innovation, and experimentation. Coursework will focus on developing your observation
and drawing skills, so that you become comfortable recording and expressing information
visually, as well as verbally in the form of critical discussion.
Students will work in monochromatic media including pencil, ink, charcoal, and
conte crayon, on variety of basic techniques in drawing and honing the ability to think
critically and give thoughtful reflection to your own work and feedback on the work of
your peers. A goal of this class is to provide the basis upon which to grow independently
through your work and critical thinking/expression, if you so choose, into a lifelong
1. To use drawing as a basic organizer of thought and feeling and as a primary
step to image making.
2. To be able to visually record what one sees and at the same time sort out and
re-interpret the image so that it is a personal and sensitive statement.
3. The practice and discovery of a variety of drawing materials, implements,
techniques, and papers.
4. To learn how to see form, how to analyze and re-interpret the basic structure,
and how to represent this form on a 2-dimensional surface in a well composed man