ART 1030: Drawing I

Course Description:
Three credits. Fundamental principles of drawing based on observation.

Semester offered: Fall, Spring or Full-Year

Course Eligibility Guidelines for ART 1030:

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

Instructor Certification Requirements: 

General Instructions:

  • The minimum degree requirement is a Master of Fine Arts in a studio art or related discipline. A candidate with a Master's in Education or other appropriate background may be approved if exceptional portfolios are presented
  • Appropriate background also includes a BA or BFA in a studio art discipline
  • Examples of the applicant's personal and the students’ work are required (15 - 20 pieces of instructor work; 15 - 20 pieces of student work). This work must be current (i.e. created within the previous 5 years)
  • UConn adjunct faculty are professionally active. Include on the CV evidence of continuing creative activity external to one’s educational position. This may include: participation in shows; activity with community art organizations; publications; competitions; art conference participation or presentations (rather than educational conferences); art residencies or fellowships; membership in professional arts societies; and/or grants or other funding for artistic projects

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 (perspective drawing, understanding of line, composition, value, and so on), are encouraged but not entirely necessary
  • Label all work with media and dates of completion (year only)

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
  • Charcoal, graphite, and ink are preferable media. Some use of markers is acceptable, but the portfolio should be composed primarily of work created using more traditional media
  • Landscape and portrait work, done from life, can be included but should not be primary
  • Label all work with media and approximate dates of completion (year only)

Do Not Include:

  • Work in color. The use of color is not covered in ART 1030, Drawing I, and is not helpful to include
  • Figure Drawing. Figure work is not included in ART 1030, Drawing I, and is generally not helpful to include
  • Work created from appropriated photographs should not be submitted
  • Work from the student’s own photography should be labeled as such but also kept to a minimum

How to Submit:

  • Submit examples online
  • JPG, TIFF, PDF images, or links to portfolio websites are acceptable to be uploaded to a Google Drive folder
  • Do not e-mail images
  • Multiple images may be compiled into one PDF portfolio
  • If linking to a website, please be sure it only contains images for our evaluation

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