Drawing is the core of the visual arts program. It is required for each student every semester. Grade and skill levels are mixed for interactive learning, and class rosters and instructors change each semester. Each drawing class is customized by the individual curriculum of each instructor. Exercises that focus on drawing from observation – as a student’s ability to see and convey relationships of objects in space further develops skills of perception needed in all visual arts forms—are paired by projects that concentrate on a student’s ability to problem solve and individualize a theme or conceptual prompt. Drawing is emphasized not only as the traditional foundation of all the visual arts, but expansively as a means to record, express and imagine. Students are required to keep a sketchbook in their own distinct way, either to observe the world, plan ideas, and collect research. Figure drawing workshops occur two to three times throughout the school year. Instruction occurs on both individual and group levels and critiques are held at regular intervals. Throughout this course, students discover their own personal content and cultivate how they uniquely use drawing in their arts practice as well as explore how drawing is used and supports other art forms.