VAFA103 Drawing Composition

Department of The Arts: Visual Arts

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA103 Drawing Composition
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
VAFA100 (C or better) or permission of the Department of the Arts
V. Other Pertinent Information
In addition to class studio time, students work five hours outside of class each week. Students work with nude models.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course analyzes the systems of perspective, spatial illusions, flat planes, composition, and examines the elements of the structural arrangements of form and space. The approaches of both Western and non-Western cultures are appraised. Students practice appropriate drawing techniques and work with various media.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. evaluate in drawings the natural, three-dimensional world as observed in Western and non-Western art;/li>
    2. select the appropriate mechanical means and media to make spatial illusions;
    3. recognize and employ traditional compositional strategies;
    4. formulate and articulate response to their own work and that of others in the class;
    5. practice a number of working methods; and
    6. analyze projests through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. analyze linear perspective mechanics appropriate to
      1. 1-, 2-, and 3-point, perspective
      2. constructing slanted planes
      3. sequential systems, such as floor grids
      4. cylindrical objects in perspective
      5. orthographic projection
      6. paraline drawing
    2. recognize spatial systems unique to the 20th century, such as
      1. Cubism
      2. Surrealism
      3. Rayism
    3. employ specific compositional strategies as an aid to the control of visual flow with in the pictorial image
      1. symmetrical or classical compositions
      2. asymmetrical or romantic compositions, such as the Golden Section, two centers, large versus small, middle ground, etc.
    4. use media as compositional and spatial strategies to aid narrative expression; and
    5. appraise subjective response within the framework of analytical representation.
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed via group critiques of all projects, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of assigned projects.
    2. At least two individual critiques with the instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
    3. Students' portfolios are assessed for aesthetic quality and progress.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Slides, video, and digital technology are incorporated by instructor. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015