Introduction to Drawing [CRN 77127]

Discipline: Art
Instructor: Serio
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1510
End: 1360
Field Work: Day 1 - Friday, 21 October | Senegal Download Syllabus


This beginning drawing class is designed to teach students the skills of observation, to introduce them to different mark-making techniques and to encourage exploration of different drawing materials.  Early in the semester, students will learn techniques designed to strengthen hand-eye coordination and to develop techniques for visual measuring. Students will learn how to draw three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional plane with subject matter that ranges from still life, to architecture, to landscape.  As the semester progresses, students will experiment with numerous materials and explores methods such as additive and subtractive value drawing, wet and dry charcoal, color with cray-pas, and brush drawing.  While in ports, students will keep a personal journal/sketchbook and collect materials to be incorporated into projects while at sea.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Acquire skills of observation and eye-hand coordination
  2. Learn to draw subjects realistically with an understanding of composition, scale, angle of view, and perspective and develop an understanding of non-objective art
  3. Learn about different drawing techniques and media
  4. Experiment with styles, materials, and genre associated with different cultures
  5. Form an understanding of theory and terminology associated with drawing
  6. Become comfortable responding to and critiquing art


Field Work

Country: Senegal
Day: 1 - Friday, 21 October

We will first visit the IFAN Museum of African Art for a guided tour and learn about traditional masks, costumes, musical instruments, fabric and bead work from Senegal, and other African countries including Guinea-Bissau, and Benin. Students will have the unique opportunity to discover how West African color usage, patterns, and textures differ from what they see in the western world. Students will photograph where allowed and use displayed objects as sources for sketchbook drawings.Concepts of perspective, proportion, and angles will be incorporated into drawings that will emphasize structural accuracy in linear mark making.  On the second floor is an exhibit of wrestling photos which will be the inspiration for realistic figure studies.  After exiting the museum to the garden, we will have a short critique and refine drawings in preparation for the afternoon workshop. If we have time, we will visit the gallery that houses contemporary art. We will have lunch at a traditional Senegalese restaurant, discuss the afternoon’s activities, and finalize the morning’s sketches for our workshop with the technique of “sous verre,” reverse glass painting. Each student will create a painting with figures, clothed in garb of typical color patterning, in an environment that would be easily identified as Senegalese by the objects and architecture included added to the project. Learning objectives:

  1. To learn about and draw traditional African household objects and masks, and to note the different unusual materials used
  2. To create small scale color and pattern studies and collect ideas for inspirations
  3. To refine a few drawings that reflect not only West Africa subject matter but also color selections
  4. To create an original drawing that includes figures dressed in typical garb in an Senegalese environment
  5. To learn about and create a “Sous Verre”