Summer 2020 - IAT 208 D100

Drawing as Inquiry (3)

Class Number: 4642

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • 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 will introduce students to basic drawing, perspective, and sketching techniques using various media, to depict a variety of subjects. Students must come with an open mind, and be willing to work outside of their comfort zone.  This course requires students to be in attendance, most learning and explaination of materials takes place in the lecture / lab and cannot be found online.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Use a variety of drawing media to accurately depict objects on a two-dimensional plane.    
  2. Create the illusion of light, shadow, tone, and texture on a two-dimensional plane.  
  3. Use basic one-point and two-point perspective to produce the illusion of three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface.
  4. Produce drawings which accurately represent still life.
  5. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic figurative drawing process.
  6. Be able to work from basic forms to complex shapes.
  7. Articulate concepts related to drawing through written and/or oral critique.


  • Research Project 25%
  • Journal Project Mid Term Submisssion 25%
  • Journal Project Final Submission 30%
  • Theory Exam on-line 10%
  • On-line community participation 10%


Most of the class time will be asynchronous, however there will be some scheduled meeting through Canvas Bb Collaborate. This is to allow for the greatest flexibility for attending students. You will be expected to contribute to on-line discussions and critiques and to be an active part of the course community. As this is an intersesssion course, the learning pace is fairly intense. You should expect to be drawing for a couple of hours a day and posting work several times a week.  



No pre-requisites



Course materials: Each student will be required to purchase their own drawing supplies and paper. I will be as flexible as possible in this area but you should expect to spend around $50 on supplies (depending on what you have in your house, could be less). I will be sending out a drawing supply list when students register for the course. We will be drawing with softer media, such as charcoal, conte, or china markers (wax peel off markers) as well as with drawing pencils and will need larger sized drawing paper (the bigger the better but at least double standard letter sized paper).  For this on-line version of the course, digital drawings for some of your submissions will also be accepted, access to digital drawing tools is not required. You need to be able to photograph your work and be able to post it to Canvas.

Supplemental Fee:
a non-refundable $64.92 Undergraduate materials fee will be charged when you pay your tuition.  SIAT department will be in contact with you regarding this fee.


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.


“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:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.


Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.