Hand drawing, from direct observation, is a main resource for artists. This course provides the foundations in drawing, as a conceptual process, a way of comprehension and graphic expression of volume and space, beginning with a detailed observation on the surround world. Students will learn how to take measurements, the study of the proportions, form and shapes, and light. They will work making a survey on different styles and techniques, as the different processes of artistic creation.
Type Subject
Primer - Obligatoria

Titular Professors

Previous Knowledge

Student knows the fundamentals of artistic drawing
Student understands 3D volumes from observation and express them into a 2D drawing.
Student is able to draw freehand objects, people and volumes through memory and the imaginary.
Student is aware of the methods of blocking and its most effective strategy in its representation.
Student is able to interpret the light and is familiar with chiaroscuro in its graphic representation.
Student knows the principles of perspective and representation in space.
Student has knowledge of the graphic representation of the movement.


Blocking. Proportion and situation of different objects in a certain space, under a particular intention.
Figure drawing. Graphic expression of the human figure, with its own proportions and gesture.
Portrait. Structure of the face, with its varieties and expressions.
Landscape and perspective. Space and light, creation of depth and different landscapes.
Movement drawing. Human bodies in movement, expressive drawing.
Creative drawing. Research on different techniques and graphic expression, with different objectives and themes.


The different specialties offered during the course are taught by means of seminars. In each case, the guest professor and expert on the subject exposes the theoretical content through lectures and active demonstrations and supervises a continuous practice related to the explained contents. The methodology will focus on giving practical samples and cooperation between students, through group evaluations and exhibitions of student’s work.


The evaluation of this subject is conceived as a continuous assessment.
Formative assessment will be a focus, as the student will receive comments of their performance, with time enough to modify and learn.
Also teacher will lead practices for assessing group work, looking for developing peer to peer collaborations.
The final grade is derived from the average of all the works delivered in each seminar
The grade on Continuous Assessment comes from the arithmetic media, between the 1st-semester exam and all the delivered assignments.
The students have a Resit call in July, if they do not pass the course in June.

Evaluation Criteria
Basic Bibliography

Boisbaudran, LeCoq. 1911. Training the Memory in Art & the Education of the Artist. London: MacMillan.
Cole, Rex Vicat. 1976. Perspective for the Artist. New York: Dover.
Dexter, Emma. 2005. Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing. London: Phaidon Press Limited.
Hale, Robert. 1964. Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters. New York: Watson-Guptill.
Henri, Robert. 2007. The Art Spirit. Basic Books.
Lolli, Zocchetta & Peretti. 2009. Structura Uomo. Vol. I. Neri Pozza, 2009.
Speed, Harold. 1972. The Practice and Science of Drawing. New York: Dover.
Vanderpoel, John. 1958. The Human Figure. New York: Dover.

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