Explore the UConn Art website for departmental information. Course descriptions below correspond to the UConn undergraduate course catalog.

ART 1030: Drawing I

Three credits ($150). Offered Fall, Spring, or Full-year.

Fundamental principles of drawing based on observation.

Eligibility Guidelines: Successful completion of one full year of high school art instruction is recommended.

Instructor Certification Requirements:

The preferred degree requirement for teachers wishing to teach Early College Experience art courses is a BA or BFA in a studio art discipline and a Master of Fine Arts. Applicants with a Master’s in Education or other appropriate field can be approved. As UConn adjunct faculty members are professionally active, preferred applicants should demonstrate continuing creative activity external to their educational position. Examples may include (but are not limited to): participation in shows; membership in professional art societies; activity with community art organizations; publications; competitions; art conference participation or presentations; art residencies or fellowships; grants or other funding for artistic projects.

Examples of the applicant’s personal and students’ work are required components of the application.

Portfolio of Student Work – 15-20 pieces created within the last five years:


  • Black and white work using traditional media (charcoal, graphite, ink, etc.)
  • Observed still life and perspective drawing examples (necessary for evaluation)
  • Work demonstrating an understanding of the fundamentals of linear perspective, contour line, light and shadow, volume, and composition
  • Work in charcoal, graphite, and ink. These are preferable media. Some use of markers is acceptable. The portfolio should be composed primarily of work created using traditional media
  • Landscape and portrait work, done from life, can be included but should not be primary
  • Label work with media and year of completion
  • Work created from a student’s own photography should be labeled as such. If included it should be a small part of the portfolio

Do Not Include:

  • Work in color. The use of color is not included in ART 1030, Drawing I
  • Figure Drawing. Figure work is not included in ART 1030, Drawing I
  • Work created from appropriated photographs

Portfolio of Instructor’s Work – 15-20 pieces created within the last five years:

  • Work showing evidence of the principles of drawing covered in ART 1030, Drawing I), is encouraged but not entirely necessary. These principles include perspective drawing, understanding of line, contour, value, composition, and so on
  • Label work with media and year of completion

How to Submit:

  • Please provide a link with your application as to where your portfolio work can be referenced 
  • Make sure instructor and student portfolio samples are clearly identified
  • Do not e-mail images

Upon reviewing the application materials, the faculty coordinator in Art may wish to schedule an interview with the candidate or visit the teaching facilities. This on-site visit is a way to be introduced to the program and discuss possibilities for the course.

Instructor Resources:

ART 1030 Sample Syllabus (PDF)