SRJC Course Outlines

6/22/2024 7:46:10 PMART 7A Course Outline as of Fall 1981

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Discipline and Nbr:  ART 7ATitle:  DRAWING & COMP I  
Full Title:  Drawing & Composition I
Last Reviewed:11/23/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled4.003 min.Lab Scheduled70.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 175.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  08 - May Be Taken for a Total of 6 Units
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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A basic course in drawing and composition to develop a student's ability to perceive and define shape, mass, contour, volume, space and light, using a variety of graphic media and subject matter.  The course is required for the Fine Arts Certificate and is accepted for transfer at both the UC and CSU systems.


Recommended Preparation:
Basic interest in art.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Basic course in drawing & composition to develop a student's ability to perceive & define shape, mass, contour, volume, space & light, using a variety of graphic media & subject matter. The course is required for the Fine Arts Certificate & is accepted for transfer at both the UC & CSU systems.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Basic interest in art.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:08 - May Be Taken for a Total of 6 Units


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C1ArtsFall 1990
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: ARTS 110 Fundamentals of Drawing SRJC Equivalent Course(s): ART7A

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Develop perception and awareness of visual elements and relations.
2.  Become familiar with vocabulary of terms pertaining specifically to
3.  Exercise ability to make critical aesthetic judgements through class
4.  Cultivate an understanding of the creative process.
5.  Grasp essential concepts regarding pictorial composition.
6.  Develop imagination and inventiveness.
7.  Use a variety of graphic tools and media, dry and liquid.
8.  Examine and analyze good drawings, historical and contemporary.
9.  Pursue an on-going involvement is a sketchbook as an extension of
   classroom learning.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Recognize the basic elements of drawing:  gesture, shape, mass,
   contour, plane, volume, space, light and shade, movement.
2.  Practice skills and techniques to reinforce grasp of these concepts.
3.  Use line for contour and as an expressive element in itself.
4.  Employ tonal contrasts and gradients to develop dimensionality, depth,
   drama, and movement.
5.  Include textural contrasts and pattern for surface description and
   visual weight.
6.  Vary edges to create differing contrasts between figure and ground.
7.  Utilize simple planar and geometric forms as a basis for studying
   the above mentioned elements.
8.  Consider size, scale, and shape of format as they influence a drawing.
9.  Use a variety of surfaces to experience the effect it makes upon
   media and tools.
10. Realize how the cropping and/or enlarging of an image alters the
   composition and affects the viewer.
11. Balance the deliberate with the accidental and spontaneous.
12. Introduce the concept of abstraction.
13. Recognize other-than-aesthetic aspects:  metaphor, symbol, etc.
14. Examine and analyze good drawings, past and contemporary.

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1.  Draw negative space surrounding single objects and combinations of
2.  Do gesture drawings of single and grouped forms, natural and man-made.
3.  Create shape silhouettes of furniture, fruit, vegetables, etc.
4.  Practice modeling with value gradients (darker for farther) for
   effects of convex, concave forms, tilted planes, etc.
5.  Use gradients for light and shadow drawings of objects in a controlled
   light to depict core of shadow, reflected light, etc.
6.  Practice skills such as shading (with and without shading stick),
   hatching (with pencil and pen and ink), stippling, wash, etc.
7.  Make texture drawings based upon gestural marks as well as direct
8.  Practice one and two-point perspective both diagrammatically and by
   viewing the interior and exterior scene (hallways, buildings
   on campus, etc.)
9.  Treat a specific view from three vantage points: close, distant and
10. Search for and emphasize the planar aspects of objects and archi-
   tectural elements in the environment.
11. Draw cylinders (imagined and observed) from various viewpoints
   using the naked eye and agile hand as well as perspective cues.
12. Analyze tonal and textural relations and other compositional elements
   by drawing from projected slides or prints, or zeroxed copies of
   photographs or art reproductions.
13. Set up still life in various ways for various exercises.
14. Use natural forms as subject:  trees, plants, vegetables, shells,
   skulls, bones, stuffed birds, etc.
15. Look for stimulus in subject matter on campus, in suburban and urban
16. Investigate a theme, such as a cube, or chair, and carry through
   a series of variations, altering size, scale, mood, and media.
17. Make commitment to a daily continuity of independent work in a

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
40 - 60%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
1 - 30%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%
A portfolio of completed class and outside assignments. Other factors: attendance, attentiveness, attitude, effort, class participation & growth.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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A Drawing Handbook by Nathan Goldstein
The Art of Drawing by Bernard Chaet
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
A Guide to Drawing by Mondelowitz/Wakehain

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