The University of the arts

The University of the Arts

ADSN 1001N 01 Drawing

ADSN 1001N 01

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Coy Gu



Spring 2019

  • (Jan. 30 to Apr. 10)
  • Wed 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 0.00 Credits
  • 0.00 Credits
  • Tuition: $350 / Fees: $15
This course is for individuals of all skill levels who aim to develop an understanding and sensitivity towards the process of drawing. With the formal investigation of line, value, shape, texture and space, students will study compositional methods to render, and learn to draw through mark-making. Classroom exercises will be grounded in direct observation, and we will spend time analyzing the structure of still life objects as well as the human form, while also approaching certain techniques of abstraction.

Course Overview

Together we will develop a drawing practice and create regular drawing rituals. Using a variety of drawing and painting mediums, students will explore the elements of a successful work at their own pace in a supportive atmosphere. References to historical and contemporary drawing and painting practices from many traditions are a part of each class session.

What will you do in class?

Presentations and class demonstrations.

The bulk of class time will be dedicated to working from observation (A still life setup or model will be present during all class sessions).

We will have individual as well as group critiques which will occur every class

What topics will be covered?

  • gesture and contour drawings
  • introduction of value
  • complex forms
  • subtractive drawing
  • multiple perspectives
  • open forms
  • human figure, work from live model


  • 18x24in charcoal drawing pad
  • Set of charcoal pencils (soft, medium, hard)
  • Set of vine or willow charcoal
  • Set of compressed charcoal
  • India ink and brushes of varying width
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Newsprint drawing pad