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Viewing: CFN 1090 : Drawing and Surface

Last approved: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:01:52 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:38:18 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (CCAD)
Drawing and Surface
Drawing and Surface
Fall 2017
Course Type
Studio Course
Default Grading Method
Letter Grade
BFA majors



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Fee Type
Materials fees support shared course materials and cover the cost of models.

An intensive studio covering the principles of drawing and mark-making and their place in contemporary art and design practice. Through the physical activity of drawing, students refine their capacity to observe and visualize. Materials fee.
As a result of completing the course, students will be able to:

● Understand and apply the elements of design when creating images: line, space, shape, value, texture, color. Analyze and interpret the use of these elements in the drawings of others.
● Understand and apply the principles of design when creating images: pattern, contrast, emphasis, balance, scale, harmony, and movement. Analyze and interpret the use of these elements in the drawings of others.
● Interpret visual hierarchies and organization in two-dimensional space; produce drawings that explore the effects of observing and breaking organizational strategies.
● Learn and practice drawing in response to the nuances of light and shadow.
● Understand and apply principles of color theory into image-making.
● Recognize the qualities of surface and the nuance of mark making. Integrate this knowledge into the creation of drawings and images.
● Explore experimental drawing methods and generate strategies for idea and image production.
● Explore drawing as a form of communication and produce drawings for various purposes – from process sketches to finished independent work.
There is a resemblance to introductory drawing courses (CFA 1090 and FA 1301) however, this course is part one of the four course foundations sequence intended primarily for BFA majors and serious BA majors in their first year of study. The level is more intensive than the media specific introductory studio courses and coordinates with CFN 1091, 1092, and 1093.
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Change in grading scale and citation information added, per request of committee.

Course one in a proposed four-course foundations sequence. The mission of the First Year Studio program is to provide an intellectually and artistically rigorous studio-based foundation in the core aspects of art and design relevant to all of the disciplines. The four course sequence seeks to foster in students an enthusiasm for the hard work of making and a grounding in skills that will serve as a basis for their study. Finally, the First Year studios seek to establish connections between students across majors and create a platform for the sharing of ideas and practices across the School.

FALL: CFN 1090 Drawing and Surface CFN 1091 Form and Materials
SPRING: CFN 1092 Time and Light CFN 1092 Interaction
candaceg (Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:09:45 GMT): Rollback: request of the department
Key: 1347