Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting | Arts and Science ONLINE

Fundamentals of Drawing & Painting

ARTF 101/3.0

A foundation course aimed at developing basic skills in drawing and painting, embracing a variety of subjects, materials and techniques.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Experiment with building blocks for image creation such as mark making, portraiture, perspective, and colour theory.
  2. Demonstrate confidence in drawing and painting through various projects.
  3. Respond to relevant theoretical and art historical texts.
  4. Describe, communicate, and critique artistic concepts through project statements and dialogues with peers.


ARTF 101 will explore multiple strategies for creating drawings and paintings, providing students with a basic understanding in material handling. Activities will be completed as preparation for Creation Projects. While Activities will have specific requirements related to subject matter (colour theory, basic portraits, etc.), Creation Projects will generally have an open theme, allowing students to complete independent research. Creation Projects will combine technical work and text-based response through project statements and discussion forums.

There will be three main explorations throughout the course: drawing (dry media), mixed media (dry & wet media, including collage), and painting (wet media on a variety of surfaces). The class will begin with a more intuitive approach to drawing, focusing on mark making and layering, before moving on to graphite rendering (contour line & shading). There will be tutorials on mixing colour and preparing surfaces (paper, wood, and canvas). Mixed media will incorporate collage and found imagery alongside hand drawn, while painting will prepare students to work from observation.

This course is offered in an online, asynchronous format. There are no required live components, however students are encouraged to attend Office Hours for project inquiries and Open Studio for a social component.


Course Resources


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About OnQ

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About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

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Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks, if required, can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.