Student using watercolor paints.


Explore materials and methods while gaining confidence as an artist.

With a drawing concentration, you'll build a strong skillset that will help you pursue your personal and professional goals as an artist. Whether that is graduate school, pursuing a career in the arts, or simply cultivating skills for an increasingly visual workplace, Houghton is the place for you to grow and thrive.


Course Highlights

Houghton’s foundational courses in drawing help you develop core skills and gain confidence. Learn a variety of methods in graphite, ink, conte, chalk, colored pencil, crayon, charcoal, and pastel pencil. Advanced level courses like Abstract Drawing are offered when there is demand or as an independent study.

Drawing 1

  • Explore the foundations of drawing
  • Learn with your fellow art majors in this required intro course

Anatomy and Figure Drawing

  • Understand the structure of the human body from the skeleton and muscles
  • Learn about proportion and measurement
  • Draw portrait and figure work from live student models

Pastel and Watercolor

  • Immerse yourself in these mediums in this advanced introduction course
  • Work with traditional subject matter
  • Explore experimental applications