Jordan College of the Arts
Art Program

ART107, Line and Value: Drawing + 2D Design

This studio course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of drawing and 2D design, as forms of artistic expression and visual communication. The course introduces design principles and an appreciation of the history and practice of drawing. Students learn drawing techniques and build their portfolio simultaneously, through a cycle of instruction, creation, and critique. The course covers traditional uses of line, including contour and varied line drawings, as well as traditional approaches to value, including flat shading and hatching. Conceptual, process, and content driven approaches are also studied, as students are challenged to push beyond assignments and create work that is truly their own.


  • Narrative drawing
  • Observational drawing
  • Abstract drawing

Studying these three components builds a balanced skill set so that students learn not only to draw from life, but also to create compelling stories and strong compositions.


  • Graphite
  • Pen & Ink
  • Charcoal
  • Conté Crayon
  • Soft Pastel
  • Colored Pencil
  • Digital Drawing

Experience in each medium forms a strong foundation in classic techniques, while also carrying over to digital space, where these tools are replicated virtually.

Techniques & Methods:

  • Sighting and Comparative Measurement
  • Contour Line
  • Varied Line
  • Flat Shading
  • Hatching and Cross-hatching
  • Linear Perspective (1-point, 2-point, and 3-point)
  • Portrait Drawing
  • Gesture Drawing

These techniques give students concrete methods to approach proportion and rendering across an array of subject matter.


  • Auto SketchBook Pro
  • Large Format Printer

SketchBook Pro is introduced, giving students experience working digitally. This professional-grade drawing software is intuitive, yet offers a wide toolset. Students also learn to print their work using the Art Program's large format printer.

Key Student Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of art + design, including visual vocabulary, and technical sensibility towards composition and materials.
  • Interpret, compare and critique their own and other's work in terms of materials, processes and concepts (demonstrating critical abilities with respect to innovation, craft and sophistication).

Gallery of Works created in Art107: