GRD 130 - Drawing for Graphic Design
DRAWING FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN
Office – Stevenson Center Room 1139
Office Phone – (231) 777-0239
Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 6
Catalog Description: Study and practice of basic graphic design drawing elements such as line, value, texture, composition, one and two-point perspective and color. Students will apply these elements as they develop concepts for graphic design. Tools used include pencil, pen and ink, colored pencils or makers and the computer.
1. Students will be able to demonstrate line variations such as width, value, and texture and use them to describe form, volume, and mass.
2. Students will be introduced to the use of a sighting stick as an aid in establishing relative proportions and angles and demonstrate its use in sketches and drawings.
3. Students will use a viewfinder to help identify positive/negative space relationships. They will practice developing sketches and drawings using these principles.
4. Students will be able to identify the six divisions of light and shadow and demonstrate the impact of directional light on form definition.
5. Students will demonstrate drawing surface textures including roughness, smoothness, hardness, and softness and apply these to enhance sketching of familiar surfaces.
6. Students will be able to identify the visual principles of composition such as balance, harmony, rhythm, repetition and variation, dominance and subordination.
7. Students will be introduced to one and two point perspective with an understanding of the terms and rules of linear perspective, empirical perspective, single fixed point of view, cone of vision, picture plane, horizon line, ground plane and central vanishing point. They will demonstrate a grid system for determining the position and scale of objects in space.
8. Students will practice developing form and space through the use of color.
9. Students will employ different creative thinking methods to develop concepts.
10. Students will demonstrate concept sketching, as well as the process of developing thumbs, roughs and comps.
11. Students will utilize pencils, pens/ink, as concepting tools.
12. Students will commit drawings to computer generated designs.
ASSESSMENT: Students will complete an in-class exercise for each new concept demonstrating their level of skill. A graded homework assignment will follow, reinforcing the new concept
TEACHING METHODs: Lectures, handouts, class discussions, demonstrations, and practice in-class exercises will accompany each concept introduced. Group activities will be employed at the concepting and creative idea formulation sections.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: The student is expected to be at all class meetings. In the event of an absence, all work missed is the responsibility of the student. The student will be allowed three (3) absences during a 15 week semester and one (1) absence during a 7 1/2 week term. Grades will be lowered one full letter grade with each additional absence. No excused absences will be allowed except for a summons to jury duty, in which case, a note from the court clerk will serve as the student’s excuse. Students whose lack of attendance impedes the learning process will be withdrawn from the class.
*Heavyweight Drawing Paper Pad 18" x 24"
*Pink Pearl and Kneaded erasers ($3.00)
**1/8" Dowel stick, 12" long
Viewfinder (will make in class)
*Drawing board large enough to accommodate drawing paper
(masonite or foam core - can be homemade)
Pen for sketching
Assorted markers for concepting
Assorted colored pencils for drawing
*Assorted pencils for sketching including H, HB, B, 2B, 4B ($1.00 each)
*Need first week
**Need second week
Others as assigned
TextBook: Design Drawing by Francis D. Ching
Edwards, Betty. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1989.
Mendelowitz, Daniel M. and Duane A. Wakeham. A Guide to Drawing. Fourth Edition. Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1988.
Myers, Jack Frederick. The Language of Visual Art - Perception as a basis for design. Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1989.
Rockman, Deborah A. The Art of Teaching Art. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 2000.
von Oech, Roger. A Kick In the Seat of The Pants. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 1986.
NOTE: Instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus if necessary during the semester.