Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The student will develop skills in drawing, artistic expression and observation. The emphasis is in achieving technical abilities needed for sketching and drawing the living environment and its inhabitants in relation to personal expression.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 07.01.2025 - 03.04.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marja Nurminen, Jormalainen, Välitalo

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Drawing exercises: observing the forms, light, shadow and spatial impression. Sketches made at site e.g. in museums, other public spaces, in public transportation and in nature. Producing completed drawings out of sketches.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Personally guided exercises, discussions and critiques. Assessment Criteria: Development of personal expression, progress in perception-based drawing.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    84 h contact teaching , 78 h independent work (Autumn period)

    78 h contact teaching , 84 h independent work (Spring period)


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I - II
    2024-2025 Spring III - IV
    2025-2026 Autumn I - II
    2025-2026 Spring III - IV


    Minimum amount of participants is 8 students. Maximum amount of participants is 20 students.

    Prioritization order for admission is based on the prioritization criteria established by Aalto ARTS:


    After the registration has closed, SISU conducts a raffle to allocate all the seats while considering the possible prioritisation order stated above. If there are more registrants than available seats, ten (10) students from the remaining applicants are drawn and placed on a waiting list in numerical order. On the first day of the course, these students may check for available seats in case of no-shows. Any available seats are then filled in numerical order.