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Drawing I: Focus on Perception
10 Weeks | $325 | In-Class

Learn basic drawing techniques through a variety of instructor demonstrations, guided in-class exercises and homework projects. Topics include contour drawing, positive and negative space, perspective, shading and composition. As this is a foundation course, work is based on drawing from observation. Explore the concept of light and shadow by experimenting with highlights, cast shadows and reflected light. An introduction to realistic portrait and figure drawing is included, focusing on proportion and "sighting" techniques used by the masters. Most importantly, you will experience a change in perception, learning to see like an artist in this fun but challenging class.

What You Will Learn:

  • Line and contour; pure contour and modified contour; use of viewfinders.
  • Positive and negative space, and how to create volume.
  • How to combine space, proportions, values and gesture.
  • Drawing the head in profile and with ¾ view.

Quarters Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer | In-Class
Course Fee: $325
Note: Required course for Art and the Creative Process professional certificate. 
Contact: For more information about this course, please email

Please bring to first class:

Instructor Michelle McCunney: Graphite pencils (2B and 6B), 18 x 24” or larger drawing board with clips, and rough newsprint pad 18 x 24”.
Instructor Kelsey Worth: 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B pencils, Sakura Pigma Micron set of four sizes, Sakura or Copic Brush Pen,11x14 sketch pad, white charcoal pencil, white eraser, black paper, ruler, pencil sharpener 
Instructor Michael Colletta: drawing board, newsprint, 11x15 drawing paper, charcoal, drawing pencils (2B, 4B, 6B), white eraser, gum eraser, pencil eraser.
Instructor Daniel Santos: journal/sketchbook – spiral 8×10 or larger, drawing pencils – 4-6 pencils minimum which range from 6H to HB to 6B, pencil sharpener, blending stumps – at least 1 stump, artist pens – at least 1 black ultra-fine Sharpie, but a variety of sizes are recommended, black charcoal – a small amount is required. 
Instructor Ann Dunham: 11x14 drawing paper, 2B drawing pencil, 4B drawing pencil, 6B drawing pencil, Vine Charcoal, white eraser, pencil eraser
Instructor Joy Chu:11x14 regular sketch pad, graphite pencils (2B, 4B, 6B), white eraser.
Instructor Jennifer Hewitson: sketch book (hard bound, 6”x 8” – 9”x12” or larger if you prefer), cardboard or manila portfolio to hold 18”x 24” papers, newsprint pad 18”x 24”, drawing board with clips to hold 18” x 24” paper, charcoal 3-6 sticks Char-Kole brand, conte crayon (white, black and brown or burnt sienna), pencils (2B, 4B, 6B), black Prismacolor pencil, pencil sharpener, white Staedtler eraser and kneaded eraser
Instructor Jim Machacek: 11x14 regular sketch pad, graphite pencils (2B, 4B, 6B), white eraser.
Instructor Pia Stern: manila file folder, two paper clips, Char-Kole sticks (3-6), rough 18x24 newsprint pad, 18x24 or larger drawing board with clips, plastic Staedtler eraser, kneaded eraser, white chalk/white conte crayon, scissors, 2 pieces black construction/pastel/drawing paper approx 18x24.
Instructor Blair Thornley: charcoal (soft vine, charcoal pencil, compressed, white chalk pencil), 6B pencil, sharpener, white Staedtler eraser, kneaded eraser, 18x24 drawing or newsprint pad, 18x24 or larger drawing board with clips, 14x17 Strathmore 400 series drawing paper OR 14x17 Bee Paper ""Super Deluxe"" or similar paper spiral bound, pen (Rapidograph, Croquil, or Pentel Hybrid Technica), ink (india, sumi, black cat, or other very dense black ink), watercolor brush (size 8 or larger, round), color (pencils, pastel, or oil pastel), gesso (artists or professional, not liquitex, small jar).

Full materials lists will be distributed during first class meeting.

Course Number: ART-40166
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Art and the Creative Process

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