Spring 2019 - IAT 208 D100

Drawing as Inquiry (3)

Class Number: 5931

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SUR 5100, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 21 units.



An overview of the various forms and languages of drawing as both a critical and creative research tool. Activities and projects in each unit offer opportunities to understand and apply drawing as a medium for visual thinking and conceptualization. Related social and gender concerns are investigated to contextualize figurative representations within a broader cultural framework.


This course presents an overview of various forms and languages of drawing as both a critical and creative research tool. Activities and projects in each unit offer opportunities to understand and apply drawing as a medium for visual thinking and conceptualization.

The course focuses on improving visual perception and observation in order to depict subjects accurately. The representation of human forms, along with anatomical structures and proportions, are explored. Perspective rendering techniques are taught through studies of architectural forms, spaces and landscape. Composition and rapid visualization are taught in relation to storyboarding for time-based mediums such as film or animation and product conceptualization.


Course Objectives

This course will prepare students to:

  • Develop and apply drawing techniques to solve visual problems of representation
  • Acquire fundamental analytical skills through studying the work of prominent artists
  • Use drawing and visual insights to develop techniques and skills that can be adapted and applied to their own drawing solutions and outcomes
  • Introduce tools, drawing media and techniques used to complete visual compositions

Learning Outcomes

After this course, students will:

  • Have the ability to render geometric and organic forms using a variety of media and styles
  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriate the styles of other art periods/styles and apply in own work
  • Determine appropriate stylistic mode in the construction of drawings
  • Differentiate between appropriate media for drawing task


  • Research Project 25%
  • Mid-Term Project 25%
  • Journal Project 30%
  • Theory Exam 20%


Note: Class participation and attendance will count 5% of course grade. Late Assignments - students will be penalized for late assignments as per SFU protocols.

Field Trip: There will be one field trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) or similar during the semester. The duration of the field trip including travel and exercises is 4-5 hours. Students will be required to travel to the VAG to complete exercises. There will be a discounted admission rate for individuals that must be paid by the student.


No pre-requisites



Other Materials: Students are encouraged to purchase cool grey markers, watercolours and pencil crayons by week 3.

Supplemental Fee:  a non-refundable $64.92 Undergraduate materials fee will be charged when you pay your tuition.


Delivery Method: Lecture (LEC) and Studio Lab (STL)

Several learning methodologies including: lectures, workshop demonstrations, film screenings and field trips are used to develop practical skills.


“Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear and Easy Guide to Successful Drawing” (2006) by Mark and Mary Willenbrink; North Light Books (Fraser)
ISBN: 9781581807899


“Rapid Viz: A New Method for Rapid Visualization of Ideas” (2006) by Kurt Hanks; 3rd Edition; Crisp Learning (Nelson)
ISBN: 9781598632682

"The Guided Sketchbook that Teaches You How to Draw!" (2013) by Robin Landa; Peachpit Press
ISBN: 9780321940506

Basic Lab Materials:  E.g. paper, pencil and eraser will be provided in first week of course. Students will receive a kit by week 3 containing paper, pencil set, eraser, charcoal etc..

Registrar Notes:

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