Drawing Art 131

Week 1

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DRAWING 1/ART 131  WINTER 2020 Instructor: Isaac Peterson

CRN 14346      1-3:45  MW

Isaac Peterson ( )

Office Hours: Before class and by appointment

Get a book-size sketchbook. Write your name and date on an early page and maybe think of a name for it — and if you want, write the book’s name there at the front. Make it into your little painful pal. The pain goes away slowly page by page. Fill it up and do another one. It can be hard to get started. Don’t flunk yourself before you get the ball rolling.

You might want to draw more realistically or in perspective or so it looks slick — that’s is possible and there are tricks and procedures for drawing with more realism if you desire it. But drawing very realistically with great finesse can sometimes produce dead uninteresting drawings — relative, that is, to a drawing with heart and charm and effort but no great finesse.

You can make all kinds of rules for your art making, but for starting in a sketchbook, you need to jump in and get over the intimidation part — by messing up a few pages, ripping them out if need be. Waste all the pages you want by drawing a tic tac toe schematic or something, painting them black, just doodle. Every drawing will make you a little better. Every little attempt is a step in the direction of drawing becoming a part of your life.

—Gary Panter

Course Description: 

This is a foundation course in drawing. Drawing is the core activity of all creative practice and can become an important part of your life no matter what your goals or skill level are. The heart of drawing is concentrated and sensitive observation. It is something like a physical or athletic discipline. If you can look at something clearly, without distraction for one hour you have already drawn it. There is no such thing as talent. No one is naturally better or worse at drawing because of innate qualities such as intelligence or character. Everyone is creative. Growth in drawing requires practice every day. A great way to pursue this is to make your goal just to open your sketchbook every day and draw at least one line. Don’t expect anything from yourself, just make it easy. You’ll find yourself thinking through drawings and finding ways to visually represent almost anything.

You will learn straightforward drawing techniques and skills. Drawing is a visual language, and we are learning how to communicate.

ART 131,ART 132 and ART 115 (Basic Design 2D) form the foundation for all further study in the visual arts. This course is a recommended prerequisite for Figure Drawing, Advanced Drawing, and Painting.

Learning Outcomes

Drawing as a personal visual language

Understand the significance of daily practice

Practice intense observation

Find new routes for your work and for the work of others

Emulate artists you like in order to learn

Awareness of visual culture and interest in fine art

Visual Arts Outcomes:

Emphasis on observing and developing fundamental drawing and composition skills. Still life material used extensively. Combined Lecture and Lab sessions include historical and cultural approaches to drawing and drawing materials. Recommended preparation: ART 115.


No textbook is required for this class.


There is no formal homework except for working freely in your sketch book every day. Challenge yourself during the duration of this class to draw every day. Write your name in the front of the book and date each page. This forms part of your grade, (20%) but it is self-directed. You keep your sketchbook during the entire class and only turn it in on week 6 and for the final, where we’ll do one on one conferences. The sketchbook grade isn’t based on effort or labor, but just that you are able to express yourself and pursue your own voice. Buy a really nice sketchbook like a moleskine that you like to carry around. Explore the concepts you learn in class but feel free to work on any ideas that come to you. Share your work. It’s really positive and encouraging to share your drawings and get feedback on them on social media. Try Instagram or r/art and r/drawing on reddit. A smartphone is an incredible tool for drawing. Look for things you might like to draw and take photos of them on your phone for reference. Use a pencil and a pen (see supplies list). Try drawing with only a pen.


Class materials,  the syllabus, and artists we discuss in class can be found here:

Every week there will be a new post with references you can look through to help your drawings.

  Monday Wednesday
Week 1 Syllabus- Materials and their use. Drawing Mechanics and Line expression. Wrapping circles Compression of circles  
Week 2 Imaginary forms Imaginary forms 2– trees
Week 3 The perceptual grid   Relational net
Week 4 1 point perspective/ cube forms Cylinders to cubes
Week 5 Perspective in still life Perspective in two directions
Week 6 Turn in your sketchbook. / multiple perspective Value / compressing value dark drawings and light drawings
Week 7 Atmosphere and space Imaginary worlds
Week 8 Long form still life Capturing motion  
Week 9 Artistic Style and the creation of a body of work Working with your individual style
Week 10 Final Project   Final
FINAL Turn in your sketchbook / individual conference.  


CRN 14346 – Isaac Peterson

Winter 2014

1 – 18×24” Biggie pad —newsprint

Vine charcoal

3 – Soft compressed charcoal pencil

   (paper tears away)

Pastels- 3 gray and 3 white

Soft cloth for blending

2 – Kneaded eraser

2 – Large Bulldog clips

Some kind of box to carry drawing stuff

Sketchbook Supplies:

  • Really nice sketchbook you will like carrying around. I use moleskine
  • Any drawing pencil or mechanical pencil you like to draw with. I use HB 2mm lead holders.
  • Pilot precise V5 and V7 rolling ball—these pens are almost identical to the much more expensive rapidograph and you can pick them up at any office supply store. Their ink is bullet proof and you can erase over it without smearing.
  • Optional—Pentel pocket brush brush pen / fountain pen. You can get these at layor art supply downtown or at Michael’s or on Amazon. Almost every comic artist uses this pen, it is wonderful to work with. The ink never smears after it dries and you can easily erase over it.
  • Optional—Lamy Safari. This is an inexpensive fountain pen that is wonderful to draw with. This is pretty much the only thing I draw with. It doesn’t have waterproof ink though.


Your grade is based on in-class work and work in your sketchbook. Growth and achievement in drawing is always personal; there is no level of technical skill or particular style you need to display. What is required is your energy and your presence in class. There is no way to make up missed classes. The class experience is essential to progression.

Late work: No late or make up work.

Success in Class:

Be there, ready to work and learn. Be receptive to new ideas. My goal is to show you new ways of seeing, and expressing yourself, not to change who you are. Nurture your creativity and be respectful and supportive of each other. Take care of your work, your materials, and studio classroom and supplies.


Student Rights and Responsibilities: As in any class at COCC you have rights and responsibilities as a student defined at this link.           

Student Insurance      

Students are not covered by medical insurance while on campus or involved in college classes and activities. Students are responsible for their own medical and dental insurance coverage. Information on student insurance coverage can be obtained at the student health center in Grandview or at the cashier in the Boyle Education Center. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding student insurance you should discuss them with the Program Coordinator or Department Chairperson.

Americans with Disabilities Statement & Non-Discrimination Statement:

COCC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Students with documented disabilities who may need special instructional accommodations or who may need special arrangements in the event of an evacuation should notify the instructor as soon as possible, no later than the second week of the term. Students may contact COCC Disability Office in Boyle Education Center to discuss special needs, 383-7583.

Basic Needs Syllabus Statement

Any student who is experiencing difficulty with transportation, affording materials and supplies for classes, accessing food on a regular basis, and/or lacking a safe place to live, and believes this may affect their class performance are encouraged to contact Marcus Legrand, COCC College and Career Success Coach at 541-318-3798 or to discuss eligibility for resources available at COCC and in the community. Furthermore, please notify me if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable me to provide any resources that I may possess.

Student resournces

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  • if you are feeling overwhelmed by the costs of college, contact Marcus Legrand, COCC College and Career Success Coach at 541-318-3798 or to discuss eligibility for resources available at COCC and in the community.

COCC Non-Discrimination Policy: COCC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It is the policy of the Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and non-discrimination, please contact Human Resources for referral to the appropriate personnel, 383-7236.

Important Enrollment Deadlines

First week                      Mandatory attendance requirement: students absent are administratively withdrawn

January 17, 5pm             Tuition due and end of refund period

Feb 21, 5pm                  Last day to drop full-term classes with no grade on transcript. Last day to change to/from audit or add classes

March 11, 6pm               Last day to withdraw from classes. Instructor’s approval is required (either online or signature on the drop form) and a grade of “W” will show on transcript         

By isaacpeterson

Isaac Peterson is an author, artist, and educator living in Oregon. Isaac illustrates children's books for both print media and animated IOS and Android applications. Isaac is working on his first science fiction novel. You can read portions of it in the writing blog. An accomplished film photographer, he recently won first place in a group show at fotofoto gallery in New York.

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