Fine Arts | Fundamental Studio - Drawing
F100 | 5523 | MacLeish M
F100 Fundamental Studio Drawing
This is a general description based on an academic year semester.
It is intended as a guide. Your instructor will provide you with
specific course requirements.
F100 Drawing is an introductory course that provides students a free
hand linear approach to pictorial representation. Various graphic
media, methods, and skills define “form” and “personal” geometric
and expressive studies from nature, constructed objects, and
imaginary sources. Initially, the curriculum emphasized geometrical
line principles that develop hand-eye coordination and a visual
awareness for the interpretation of a two-dimensional image. This
entails visual measuring, isometric and perspective constructions,
reflection principles, optical illusions, and dimensional
representations of simple volumetric objects. Graphite pencils are
sued to create clear and exact line and shape forms having specific
proportional limitations. These studies introduce visual concepts
that underlie and are preparatory to a subsequent and more
personally expressive free-hand drawing discipline. Line and shaded
(value color) relationships are studied in unified compositions and
offer the student a more complex interpretation of physical form and
reflected light. Through the course “formal” analytic and “free”
intuitive approaches combine a conscious, deliberate, skills control
with personal investigations of ideas manifesting the drawing act.
Seeing/perceiving and thinking/conceiving through drawing reveals to
each student a personal history of visual experience that is
continually revised. And although various studies may be defined by
different degrees of material and/or conceptual limitations, the
visual representation can never constitute a definitive application
of ideas. The intention and clarity of each drawing can be
questioned and only suggests a continuing visual potential. Search
and discovery practice that is progressively self-defining reveals
adventurous and independent activity while increasing the
individual’s sensitivity and visual awareness. Drawing from life in
itself is a definition of continual change, of self, and self in
relation to a larger world context.
The goals of the course are to develop through experience, by trial
and error, the student’s visual imagination and understanding.
A lab fee is charged. Please see http://www.indiana.edu/~blbursar
for fee details.