• Drawing 1

    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12.

    Credit: One Trimester ~ 1/2 credit

    Prerequisite: None

    Course Description:

    This is a studio art course that emphasizes learning drawing techniques along with basic design skills. Learning activities are designed to help students develop confidence, while building skill in a variety of techniques.

    Emphasis will be placed upon drawing from life, photos, and imagination, as well as learning basic related art history, aesthetics, and art criticism.  Design will be integrated through the elements and principles of art and their use as applied to course drawing assignments.

    This course is excellent preparation for all other art courses and any art-related career.

    Course Content:

    Drawing I will include units on design and drawing along with relevant art history.

    Topics covered will include:

    Design principles and the elements of art.  Students will use these ideas and vocabulary throughout the course.

    Sighting and seeing

    Contour and gesture drawing

    Value – pencil, ink, charcoal

    Still life drawing



    Basic Color Theory

    Each topic will be covered in class and become either a major project or minor class drawing assignment.

    We will follow the creative practices continuum: we will Imagine, Investigate, Construct, and Reflect.

    Students will be encouraged to become creative thinkers, and to put personal effort into their work while still meeting creative and technical goals.  Artistic content and artwork varies from person to person. My goal is to create an environment where students feel comfortable creating personal work that makes a statement or sends the viewer a message.

    Students are expected to use artistic integrity throughout the course. Copying an another artist’s idea or use of copyrighted images is prohibited.

    Course Requirements:

    Class attendance is very important.  Class participation is required.  This is a lab class; to be successful it is important that you arrive to class on time, ready to work.  Students who miss a class can anticipate working additional time on their project before, after, or outside of school to make up missed class time.

    Everyone is capable of learning how to draw.  Practice and a positive attitude will ensure success. 

    Materials and Classroom:

    Students will always need a pencil and eraser.

    Students will be provided with any specialty materials needed to complete projects.  These materials will be for classroom use. 

    We will work in community to keep the classroom in neat working order.  Students will be responsible to gather and return any supplies needed for the day.  They will also be required to keep the classroom and tables clean.

    Clean-up procedures will begin each day five minutes before the end of the class period.  Students will then wait for dismissal at their assigned table, NOT at the door.

    Be respectful of other student’s work, belongings, and space.  Destruction or defacement of school or personal property will result in disciplinary action.

    Grading Procedures:

    Each assignment will have specific technical requirements and a design problem to complete.  Students will need to combine required elements along with their own idea to create an original piece of work.   Students will be provided with all project specific grading criteria prior to beginning work on an assignment.  

    Projects will be graded on Composition (use of space), Craftsmanship (use of material & techniques), and Expressive Qualities (problem solving, creativity, and risk taking). Grading sheets will provide the needed parameters for the assignment as well as include a required self-evaluation and reflection for the project. 

    Grades will be calculated according to the following scale:

                A  90-100%


                C  70-79%

                D  60-69%

                F   0-59%

    All major projects assigned must be completed in order to pass this class.

    All assignments and projects will have due dates.  On the project’s due date, students will need to turn in both the evaluation/reflection sheet and project for full credit.  Students handing their work in on time, regardless of the assignment’s completion, will be allowed to rework a project, on their own time, for a new grade if they are not happy with their first grade. 



    Suzanne Hughes

    Artist Teacher

    Coon Rapids High School