Sep 23, 2023  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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FD 1235 - Observational Drawing

Credits: 3

This freshman-level course introduces students to methods of structural-based drawing through rigorous observational practices. With an emphasis on composition, ideas such as light, shade, value contrast, proportion, texture, mass, volume, and technique are introduced. Utilizing the study of natural and man-made objects, students become familiar with one, two, and three-point perspective. Upon successful completion of this course, the students demonstrate improved knowledge and skills in translating what is observed from life into a 2D picture plane.

Prerequisites: none

Notes: (Formerly FD1275 Drawing I)

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Acquire fundamental drawing skills through project assignments.
  • Apply structural drawing methods to compositions in the creation of two-dimensional works.
  • Develop drawing specific vocabulary in relationship to the elements and principles of design.
  • Engage in ideation by means of thumbnail sketches, composition layouts, and research.
  • Employ one-point and two-point perspective in the creation of observed and imagined drawings.

FD 1235 Course Learning Outcome Rubric  

Required Course Materials:

Required Materials:

  • Sketchbook 8 x 10 or larger
  • 18” x 24” newsprint pad
  • 18” x 24” drawing paper pad, 70 lbs. paper weight
  • Specialty Paper* See instructor
  • White vinyl eraser
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Gum eraser
  • 1 Retractable eraser
  • fine tip Xacto Blade, #11
  • Xacto #11 blade replacements, 15 pack minimum
  • Emory board
  • 24” metal ruler with cork backing
  • Painters tape or artist tape,
  • 1” - 1.5” thick Pencil sharpener
  • Blending stumps in different sizes
  • Chamois or an old soft t-shirt
  • Drawing board 20” x 26” with bull clips
  • Workable fixative
  • Portfolio case to carry 18” x 24” drawings
  • 2H Graphite Pencil
  • HB Graphite Pencil
  • 4B Graphite Pencil
  • 6B Graphite Pencil
  • 8B Graphite Pencil
  • Vine Charcoal pack, soft
  • Vine Charcoal pack, medium
  • Vine Charcoal pack, hard
  • Compressed Charcoal stick
  • Charcoal Pencil, dark
  • Charcoal Pencil, medium
  • Charcoal Pencil, light
  • Conte’ stick pack of 2, white
  • Conte’ stick pack of 2, sanguine
  • Conte’ stick pack of 2, black
  • Conte’ stick pack of 2, medium grey

** Plan for approximately $150 for supplies.

**Materials may vary depending on the instructor, make sure to check with your professor before purchasing.



Required Materials:

  • Drawing Board, 20” x 26” with bull clips and rubber
  • White artist’s tape
  • Paper 18” x 24” good quality drawing paper pad (80lb) medium texture surface
  • 9” x 12” Sketch Pad for thumbnails and preliminary work
  • Graphite Pencils, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B
  • Vine charcoal, 1 pack soft, 1 pack medium
  • Charcoal pencils, 2B and 6B
  • Compressed charcoal sticks: medium and soft
  • Pens, at least three of the following: Black ball point Prismacolor black marker, double tip Sharpie Micron or Faber Castell or other art permanent artist felt tip marker
  • Pen and nib and ink
  • Manual pencil Sharpeners
  • Xacto knife
  • Cutting matt
  • Sandpaper block or emery board
  • Vinyl Rubber
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Chamois, about 6” x 6” or soft old t-shirt scrap
  • Tortillons Blending stumps
  • Q-tips
  • Tissues
  • Two clip-on lamps with soft white 60 or 75 watt bulbs
  • 18” or larger ruler
  • 9” triangle

Optional Materials (not required):

  • Art storage container, large enough to fit your largest size paper flat
  • 18” x 24” newsprint pad (more economical than drawing paper for sketching and preliminary work)
  • Mechanical (Electronic) pencil sharpener
  • Retractable stick eraser
  • Pencil extender for lengthening a stub of a pencil
  • Workable spray fixative
  • View finder
  • Artist leaning bridge or mahl stick
  • Cork-backed ruler
  • T-square
  • 2” x 16” Tracing paper pad for refining rough drawings
  • 2” x 16” graphite transfer paper for transferring drawings
  • Draftsman duster for dusting off eraser crumbs
  • Scissors - multipurpose

** Plan for approximately $150 for supplies.

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