Drawing : UCLA D|MA 23 : Winter09






Professor: Vasa Mihich vasa@ucla.edu
TA: Justin Lui jlui1200@ucla.edu

Time: T,Th 2:00 pm – 4:50 pm
Location: Broad 5240
Class website: http://classes.design.ucla.edu/Winter09/23



DMA 23: Drawing is a course designed for beginners and does not require any previous qualifications. The subject of the course is perceptual drawing. The main objective of this course is to master the drawing from observation of the visual world. As a consequence, the student will develop a sense for space and for objects in space and their relations.

There are three parts to this course:
The first part of the course, consisting of two weeks, focuses on developing fundamental skills in theory of perspective. Students are introduced to both one and two point on a two dimensional surface. This first part is devised to develop and construct the pre-theoretical skills necessary as a foundation for understanding and investigating. The second part of the course focuses on the observation in real space and recording of those observations as accurately as possible, concurrently implementing the theories of perspectives. The third part of the course is devoted to presentation. Here the objective is to present drawings with clear ink delineation.

DMA 23: Drawing consists of approximately ten projects. Each of the ten projects will be assigned a grade upon completion. The student's final grade is based upon their effort, progress, participation and portfolio. At the end of the course, each student participates in one conference with the professor where the final grade will be discussed and established.


A student's grade reflects several aspects of his/her overall performance, consisting of five main areas that are considered. They are as follows:

Independent work
Class assignments

While it is customary to assign a percentage of the final grade to each of these areas, this will be handled differently. Any one area could potentially carry more or less weight when considering an individual's grade. For example sometimes a student's progress can compensate for the actual work produced during the quarter.

Independent work

Independent work (work done with less supervision) is usually the most important element in determining a student's grade, meaning the work produced without the help from either the professor or the TA. The final project provides the student with an opportunity to utilize all the skills and information learned in the course.
Class assignments

Class assignments are graded on a regular basis in order for students to know how they are doing and what is expected from them. These grades generally carry less weight than the grades given for final assignments that are based on independent work (work done with less supervision) and that will take place towards the end of the quarter.


Attendance is very important, since a great deal of student work is done in the classroom and is supported by critique and discussion. Students, who regularly miss class, also miss out on certain spontaneous discussion revolving around the important objectives of the course. If a student misses class twice their grade will not be affected. If they miss class more than twice, their grade will probably be reduced 1/2 to 1 full letter grade point. If a student is absent six or more times, it is possible he/she may receive a failing grade, independent of the work produced. Usually, when a student misses class that many times, the quality of the work has suffered.


Progress is important. Students come to the department with different backgrounds. During a ten-week course, some advanced students show very little progress. On the other hand, some students with less observable skills and preparation are able with hard work, to demonstrate a great capacity for personal growth. Progress will be considered very carefully and rewarded generously. Often a B+ can be changed into an A as a result of this consideration.


Participation reflects the student's involvement in class discussions, critique, and verbal articulation of ideas regarding course subject matter.

Required supplies

18"x24" drawing pad with perforated tear edges
20"x26" drafting board (without clips) or 1/4" thick tempered masonite
T-square (no longer than 24")
18" ruler (metal with cork back)
90 degree Triangle (approximately 12" tall 30/60/90 degree preferred)
Drafting tape
Drawing pencil (2B softness)
.35 or .50 mechanical pencil
Mid-grade compass (do not buy one with the pencil, like the ones sold in the drugstore)
One or two erasers
Optional: digital camera
Supply information
Supplies MAY be found at the below locations or ordered directly from same store websites. The below stores are only suggestions, so if you are uncertain, please call BEFORE going to the locations to make sure they have your exact desired items in stock.

Art supply stores:

Dick Blick Art Materials
11660 Santa Monica Blvd, West LA, (310) 477-0451
Website: http://www.dickblick.com

Utrecht Arts Supplies
11677 Santa Monica Blvd, West LA, (310) 478-5775
Website: http://www.utrecht.com

12400 Santa Monica Blvd, West LA, (310) 820-0445

Pearl Paint
1250 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, (310) 854-4900
Website: http://www.pearlpaint.com

Hardware supply stores:
Anawalt Lumber
11060 W. Pico, West LA, (310) 478-0324
Website: http://www.anawaltlumber.com

Osh Supply Hardware
2020 S. Bundy Drive, West LA, (310) 571-3838
Website: http://www.osh.com

Home Depot
12975 Jefferson Blvd, Marina del Rey, (310) 822-3330
Website: http://www.homedepot.com