Drawing I (Art1113)

Sample Syllabus

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Instructor: Edna Williams
Website: http://www.cameron.edu/~ednaw/
Email: ednaw@cameron.edu
Office: 124D Art Building
Office Phone: 581-2450
Office Hours: By appointment


Drawing I, 3 hours credit. An introduction to the basic principles, techniques and media of drawing / perception. Laboratory 9 hours per week.


  1. To introduce the students to the basic concepts, media, and techniques of drawing.
  2. To develop a working knowledge and understanding of gestural expression, shape, line, value, perspective, and volume through the process of drawing.
  3. To develop an understanding of the drawing process and broaden the students' awareness of observation and creativity.
  4. To encourage intensified seeing, apprehending meanings and drawing inferences through traditional media and computer graphics.


  1. Gestural Expression, mass gesture
  2. Shape as an agent of direction and energy, character of shape, positive and negative.
  3. Line - the abstract necessity: diagrammatic line, structural line, calligraphic line, expressive line.
  4. Contour line and cross-contour line drawing
  5. Value - light, local-tone, halftone, darktone, coretone, reflective light and cast shadow
  6. Highlight, quarter-tone, halftone, darktone, coretone, reflective light and cast shadow
  7. Perspective - the foreshortened view, and linear perspective.
  8. Volume - direction and geometric summary, joining of planes and volume
  9. Visual Issues - the forming of order, balance, the configuration on the page, the elements of design.
  10. Chiaroscuro
  11. Texture
  12. Observation, perception, and proportion
  13. The Interaction of Drawing and Design

Required Text:

A Guide to Drawing, Mendelowitz.

Suggested Texts:

Drawing: Space, Form, and Expression, by Peters, Prentice Hall.

The Art of Responsive Drawing, by Nathan Goldstein, Prentice Hall.


You are required to:

  1. Keep a sketchbook which will be collected periodically throughout the semester (dates will be announced several sessions prior). This sketchbook activity will explore various techniques and notes on drawings. The size of the sketchbook is 9" x 12" or larger. All class notes, handouts, drawing assignments, and self observations concerning progress should be included in this sketchbook/journal. At least 25 drawings are required (each worth 4 pts. to equal a total of 1 00 pts). This will count as a major grade.
  2. Read and keep all handout sheets. When appropriate, written exams or assigned readings from your text will be a part of the final grade. All tests will be announced at least one week prior to the test date.
  3. Assemble a portfolio of all assigned drawings (to be submitted at end of semester). You will receive numerical grades for your work so that you will know your grade at all times. You have the option of altering or redrawing inside or outside assignments to improve your original grade. This must be done within one week after critique.
  4. Participate in all class critiques (written and verbal). Vocabulary of drawing and design will be introduced and emphasized during individual assignments and critique.


You will be graded using a numerical scale on the following:

  1. Class assignments (drawings, tests) which includes attendance and critique activity: 16 weeks - approximately 10 - 12 drawings. 45%
  2. Homework assignments which may be reworked and regraded for final portfolio review: 13 weeks - approximately 12 drawings. 30%
  3. Final drawing project (exam): your choice of several options (subject matter, media) 4 - 5 weeks provided to complete as an outside assignment (homework with in-class consultation.) 20%
  4. Sketchbook and Journal assignments: several specified assigned drawings and chapter assignments as well as reading from the text. Also this will be used for note-taking (class lectures and demos) and should be brought to class every day. 5%

Evaluation is based upon technical and aesthetic merits of an individual's work. These include:

  1. Comprehension and application of assigned drawing principles.
  2. Development of perceptual skills (observation).
  3. Application of strong drawing media skills.
  4. Sketchbook /journal - A collection of 10 completed drawings and note taking from readings and critiques.
  5. Oral and written participation in critiques.
  6. Consistency of effort/progress through time allotted.
  7. Completeness of class work and homework at time of deadline.
  8. Utilization of class hours.
  9. Motivation.
  10. Presentation of work with no smears or torn edges or folded works of art.
  11. Absences: your overall grade will be affected if you're absent more than 3 times.
  12. Final project and drawing portfolio evaluation.
  13. Technical expertise.
  14. Realistic drawing skills.


Most class sessions will consume the scheduled time whereby students will be expected to work in class (instructor supervised). Periodically, outside assignments will be completed independently (self-supervised) as announced. Low grades are influenced by the following factors: late arrivals and early departures, late and incomplete assignments, low motivation and personal progress, non-participation in class critiques, and absences.



Available at Sadlers or Hobby Lobby:

Other supplies as needed to be announced prior to appropriate class session.

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