The undergraduate drawing program at Colorado State University includes a solid foundation in the basics of drawing plus a strong emphasis on the advanced development of drawing as a "high art" form. Initially, courses expose students to working from observation. A variety of fundamental skills, techniques and materials are explored through rudimentary exercises and open projects. Perception skills and visual vocabulary are introduced to students through group critiques and discussions. Throughout the program, students are expected to refine skill together with an increasing exploration of personal expression and ideas. Drawing majors are expected to be highly motivated individuals engaged in the process of drawing as a sophisticated fine art which displays an advanced level of visual challenge and aesthetics as well as conveying a sense of content and meaning.
This program draws on the expertise of five full time professors who offer a variety of views and perspectives through their different approaches to teaching, drawing and art-making.
- ART135 Introduction to Drawing
This course is an introduction to the basic elements of drawing such as line, tone, color, texture, composition and space. Objects and still life are the main focus of subject matter. Drawing materials include charcoal, graphite, ink, conte, pastels, and ink. Assignments involve largely working from observation and dealing with proportion, perspective, color theory, light andshade. Critique skills are also introduced.
- ART136 Introduction to Figure Drawing
This course is an introduction to drawing the human form. The nude model will be used extensively. Both observational andintuitive, short and involved exercises will be employed. Issues of proportion, basic anatomy, portraiture and composition as it relates to the figure are covered. It is expected that students continue refining their use of materials and critique skills introduced in the previous course.
- ART235 Intermediate Drawing I
This is an intermediate drawing course extending the foundation level The concerns of the previous two courses, skills and concepts introduced are further refined. Subject matter will continue to include the still life, figure and spatial issues. New drawing materials are introduced simultaneously with the use of mixed media techniques. Students are expected to extend their critique skills to include aspects of visual communication.
- ART335 Intermediate Drawing II
This second intermediate level course further fines skills and the use of materials through a series of challenging projects. These projects involve working with ideas, themes, texts and practical concerns. Subject matter and drawing media vary according to each project. The critiques and group discussions refer to critical articles and address form and content as well as methods of visual communication.
- ART336 Intermediate Drawing III
This third intermediate course furthers the approaches introduced in Drawing II working with even more elaborate open ended projects. These may challenge the parameters of "drawing" as we know it and embrace the interdisciplinary realm. Students are expected to begin connecting their studio practice with theoretical aspects in this course and in the subsequent advanced levels. More focused critiques involve dialogue and debate, reading texts and writing papers.
- ART435 Advanced Drawing I
This advanced drawing course consists exclusively of student initiated projects and id a Capstone course for drawing majors. Students are expected to be fluent in visual literacy and critique skills. Also, they are expected to write extensively about their studio practice by keeping a journal and writing response paper. A project proposal initiates the student work and a final artist statement summarizes the work accomplished. The aim of the course is to foster artistic development towards a clearer understanding of students' focus and personal expression, leading into the following advanced course.
- ART436 Advanced Drawing II
This advanced drawing course is the final Capstone fordrawing majors. Students will have a personal language of drawing and artistic idiom. Awareness of theoretical concerns and contemporary context of their own work is expected. Each student creates a body of work to be displayed in a final graduation exhibition accompanied by an articulate artist statement. In doing so, aspects of professionalism and career development will be addressed. An in-depth personal artist philosophy is also required.