Golden West offers a broad range of drawing and painting courses to suit a broad range of career paths and artistic interests. Beginning drawing classes are designed to help build observational skills and introduce a wide range of media. Intermediate drawing classes allow more opportunities for students to experiment with additional media and draw on location.
Life drawing affords students the opportunity to draw the human form through direct observation of male and female models. Classical techniques of volume and anatomy are used to help develop the skills necessary to draw convincing figures.
There are also opportunities to explore drawing as it relates to career options. The art department offers courses in cartooning, rendering and rapid visualization in conjunction with our Digital Arts and Design programs.
Golden West’s painting program was designed to accommodate artists of all skill levels-- from beginners to experienced artists who want to learn new skills. Students also learn to develop their compositional and critical thinking skills. Classes in watercolor are also offered in addition to traditional classes in acrylic and oil.
Drawing I - Art 116 (3 Credits)
Beginning drawing of natural and man-made forms from observation and imagination. Experimentation with media processes and composition. Required of art majors. Lecture & lab. Optional credit/no credit or grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.
Drawing II - Art 117 (3 Credits)
A continuing of drawing skills and techniques begun in Art 116. Emphasis on developing the student’s own style and interest. Projects will be related to the individual student’s needs as much as possible. More time is allotted for drawing on location and experimentation with various media. Lecture & lab. Optional credit/no credit or grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.
Life Drawing I - Art 222 (3 Credits)
Figure drawing from male and female models. Study of volumes, perspective, and composition of the human form. Field trips and criticism. Required of art majors. Lecture & lab. Optional credit/no credit or grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.
Life Drawing II - Art 119 (3 Credits)
Continuing observation and drawing of the human form to help create broader revelations and attitudes concerning drawing and the self. Lecture & lab. Optional credit/no credit or grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.
Large, studio size classroom with lots of natural light from a full glass wall and sky lights. There are also overhead floodlights for further directed lighting. The studio is equipped with stools, easels, taborets, model stands and two sinks for easy cleanup.