This course focuses on the development of observational skills and drawing techniques, employing a wide range of drawing media including charcoal, graphite, conte, and ink. Students in this course will develop both technical abilities and creative responses to material and subject matter. No prior experience with drawing is required or expected. Additionally, students will learn how to critique drawings and receive criticism and advice from fellow students and the instructor. Learning to articulate artistic concepts and processes using discipline-specific vocabulary is a fundamental part of arts education. This course will focus heavily on this practice.