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Art & Art History
University of Mississippi

Art 111: Drawing I

Art 111 is an introduction to traditional drawing techniques and skills with a primary focus on perspective and line. It is an introductory study of the fundamental concepts of drawing including line, shape, value, form, space, and perspective. Compositional organization will be explored through black and white media with an emphasis on observational drawing practices.

By the end of the semester, students will be able to:

  • identify and recognize the elements and principles of design and how they relate to drawing;
  • develop observational drawing skills including sighting, proportion, scale, tonal relationships, and light interactions through drawing production;
  • illustrate an understanding of visual organization on a 2D surface;
  • demonstrate your understanding of the visual language and vocabulary used in an artistic practice through critique and discussion;
  • expand your knowledge of contemporary drawing practices, and, how the term drawing is defined;
  • keep a sketchbook throughout the semester; and
  • produce a portfolio of drawings.

“My professor helped me understand that there is a whole level of beauty in making mistakes and not making perfect compositions. It showed me that there are no limits to what can be achieved. She pushed me to improve.”

“I grew so much in her class as an artist and am able to view compositions differently now. She was very helpful and patient with my questions and I just overall loved the course.”

“My professor made the environment of the classroom very calming. Nobody seemed frustrated, and nobody felt like their work was beneath someone else’s because she made sure to make sure everyone knew what they were doing well.”