In Drawing A , students will develop their technical and composition skills by using a wide range of drawing media such as, graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, India ink, pastel and oil pastel. The emphasis of Drawing A will be drawing from observation and composition studies. Students will also keep a sketchbook or a visual/verbal journal throughout the year. Drawing A is a beginning opportunity for students to explore basic drawing techniques and applications. There is no prerequisite required for this course. Students should expect to be introduced to techniques for skill development, art history, aesthetics in drawing, critical thinking strategies and artwork planning, creating finished pieces of artwork, means for displaying artwork, and critique seminars. Students will be exposed to many drawing exercises to loosen up drawing muscles, along with activities to develop the right side of the brain. Aesthetics and the relevance of drawing to cultures will be integrated within this foundation course for Drawing B, C and Studio.