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Course Objective[Improve] The depth of the observation skills

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DescriptionStudents need to improve their skill at recognizing and recording the variety of forms in the natural and built worlds. Even wholly invented forms benefit from an authenticity that comes from being rooted in observation. Observation is an essential aspect of art and design research. Drawing is a process of gathering visual information. The ability to observe finely the attributes of objects, images, and behaviors has been, for many artists and designers, a fruitful road to abstraction and solution of design problems. The objective here is not to promote academicism, but to use observation as a means of transcending rote response. Awaken engagement with the real world.

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Indicators of SuccessRichly or insightfully detailed works

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ABCDF

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DescriptionSuperior attention to detail. Recognition of point of view. Differentiation between textured surfaces. Drawings that are specific with regards to light, edge, proportional relationships. Drawings that are "alive", responsive Some variation in point of view, attention to detail, and differentiation between textures and surfaces in the drawing.Average attention to particulars of the subject, generalization about its details and surfaces.A reliance on clich├ęs and unimaginative responses to observed situations. 'Smoothing over' of differences in figures and spaces. Often stylized drawing Formulaic responses to new situations; inability to render a variety of forms. Anime-style drawing and/or copies of photographs, cartoons. Drawings that are exceedingly general, automatic, academic, "dead;" drawings that avoid complicated areas (hands or heads on figures, perspective, etc.

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