Drawing & Color

UCLA Design Media Arts, Winter 2018

Drawing + Color will bridge the gap between traditional drawing and color theory and contemporary digital art tools. Students will learn different traditional drawing and coloring techniques and how to recreate, enhance and augment them through digital tools like Adobe Illustrator.

Through a series of weekly assignments and three projects the class will cover drawing and coloring from nature and imagination.

Class time will be used to conduct workshops, student work reviews and investigate the theoretical and practical implications of the interplay of lines, textures, patterns and colors.

Instructor: Matthias Dörfelt

TA: Alice Chung

Broad Art Center, 4240, MW 2:00 - 4:50pm.


10%    Project 1
30%    Project 2
40%    Project 3
20%    Assignments & Participation


Ask Questions, Participate, Collaborate, Contribute to the critiques, learn from your peers!

Required Reading:

Josef Albers, Interaction of Color (will be provided)

Recommended Reading:

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Theory Of Colours
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning The Spiritual In Art


  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Black 08 and 02 Micron Pens
  • 2B Pencil
  • Sketch Pad
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Tablet (Recommended)


Classes start at 02:00 PM. If you are 10 minutes late, you will receive a tardy. 3 tardies will turn into 1 absence. Every absence equals 1 full grade down (A to B), 3 unexcused absences result in a failing grade.

Rules of Courtesy:

No cellphones in class. No checking personal e-mails, Facebook, Skype, etc. during class.