First things first!

This article is a general introduction to the course Freehand drawing I. created for students not majoring or minoring in art. This course will provide students with a broad perspective of the techniques and practices of free-hand drawing, which might be useful in their later studies.

The sight catches the eyes first. What appeals to the eye, will create impulses in the mind and finally lead to action. This is what planning is about: make your product creative and personal that will attract the eye. All this you can achieve through drawing, which is the first step in planning.

This course is a general introduction of free-hand drawing for students not majoring or minoring in art. This course will provide students with a broad perspective of the techniques and practices of free-hand drawing, which might be useful in their later studies.  

The course provides students with a study of the fundamentals of two-dimensional and three-dimensional visual organization. Through setup, and numerous studio projects students will become familiar with the terms and vocabulary associated with the elements of drawing and develop an appreciation for the perceptual skills related to vision. Using the drawing elements of line, value, texture, shape and form in conjunction with the drawing elements of unity, variation, emphasis, rhythm, size, scale and volume students meet drawing problems with spatial relationships, experiment with different two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums. These studies help students to professionally present different product concepts via free drawing. Then in the second term they will get familiar with the anatomy of the human body, which lays the foundations of later planning tasks.

Our drawing instruments include graphite pencils, pen and ink, various kinds of paints, inked brushes, coloured pencils, crayons, chalk, and erasers.

What you'll learn?

  • How to draw any shape.
  • How to observe and analyse any subject.
  • How to draw any form by breaking it down into basic shapes before adding dark lines.
  • How to use light lines and basic shapes to lay an accurate foundation for finished drawings.
  • How to hold the pencil.
  • How to bring your drawings to life with detail and texture.

Starting out from geometric figures and perspective, going on with one-point and multi-point draperies, still lives with colour techniques (aquarelle, acryl or tempera on paper), we finish the first term with the study of the human skull. The students are introduced to the problems of how to represent different materials and textures, and some of the laws of colour harmony. It helps students to present their later sketches and product concepts in a professional way using various hand techniques.

The second term focuses on the anatomy for the artists: we study the proportions of the human body, skeleton and muscular system, then the body in movement through creative exercises. The representation of space includes displays of inner spaces, buildings and interior elements.

Participation: To be eligible for evaluation, students must attend classes, non-attendance is allowed 3 times.

Requirements for signature: The quantitative and qualitative performance of the required tasks by the given deadlines.           

Prof. Dr. Csilla Kelecsényi DLA