Course Description

An introductory course designed to explore the basic tools, techniques and principles of drawing. The course also covers projection systems, plans, elevations, sections, oblique, isometric, one point perspective and two point perspective views.  Students learn to further render forms and texture through analysis of light and shadow and by utilizing the 5-value system.

Learning Outcomes

For the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Explain both verbally and in writing vocabulary and concepts related to drawing.
  • Understand and apply basic drawing concepts of Contour, Value and Compositional concepts such as Contrast, Negative Space, Balance, and Focal Point.
  • Understand and utilize measuring tools and relative proportion when rendering the picture plane.
  • Create an isometric and oblique projection system drawings using measurements from the plan, section and elevation views of a simple object with shadows.
  • Create drawings of and explain verbally and in written form concepts of one and two point perspective.
  • Present the drawings competed in this course in a portfolio.


The following syllabus presents the college approved course requirements, learning outcomes, suggested weekly course outline, etc. Your students should meet the defined learning outcomes and COMD Standards, but please adapt the weekly outline, project guidelines and grading scheme, as needed.

Model Course

This Model Course is an openly available, fully developed web-based instructional resource containing course info, learning outcomes, suggested weekly topics and projects, video resources, quizzes, rubics, grading policy, and more.

The model course is available for cloning on the OpenLab. While logged in, click on the “Clone This Course” link. Contact the OpenLab Team with questions.

If you use Blackboard, review the Model Course content and structure for use in your Blackboard course.

Course Coordination


Name: Sara Gómez Woolley

Title: Assistant Professor Communication Design


Phone: 718-260-5327

Office: N-1126

Coordination Site

This course uses the following coordination site:

Best Practices

Please review the Best Practices. These standards apply to all courses, whether web-enhanced, hybrid, or fully online, and may be used to inform peer evaluation of teaching.

Course Resources

This course utilizes the following Open Educational Resources (OER), zero cost resources, or required textbooks:

  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards 
  • Creative Layout, Perspective for Artists, by Budiono, Denmark, & Ng

Foundation Resources

Please review and share the following resources with your Foundations students.

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