Drawing I (Art1113)
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Drawing I, 3 hours credit. An introduction to the basic principles, techniques
and media of drawing / perception. Laboratory 9 hours per week.
- To introduce the students to the basic concepts, media, and techniques of
- To develop a working knowledge and understanding of gestural expression,
shape, line, value, perspective, and volume through the process of drawing.
- To develop an understanding of the drawing process and broaden the students'
awareness of observation and creativity.
- To encourage intensified seeing, apprehending meanings and drawing inferences
through traditional media and computer graphics.
AREAS OF STUDY:
- Gestural Expression, mass gesture
- Shape as an agent of direction and energy, character of shape, positive
- Line - the abstract necessity: diagrammatic line, structural line, calligraphic
line, expressive line.
- Contour line and cross-contour line drawing
- Value - light, local-tone, halftone, darktone, coretone, reflective light
and cast shadow
- Highlight, quarter-tone, halftone, darktone, coretone, reflective light
and cast shadow
- Perspective - the foreshortened view, and linear perspective.
- Volume - direction and geometric summary, joining of planes and volume
- Visual Issues - the forming of order, balance, the configuration on the
page, the elements of design.
- Observation, perception, and proportion
- The Interaction of Drawing and Design
A Guide to Drawing, Mendelowitz.
Drawing: Space, Form, and Expression, by Peters, Prentice Hall.
The Art of Responsive Drawing, by Nathan Goldstein, Prentice Hall.
You are required to:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Participate in all class critiques (written and verbal). Vocabulary of drawing
and design will be introduced and emphasized during individual assignments
You will be graded using a numerical scale on the following:
- Class assignments (drawings, tests) which includes attendance and critique
activity: 16 weeks - approximately 10 - 12 drawings. 45%
- Homework assignments which may be reworked and regraded for final portfolio
review: 13 weeks - approximately 12 drawings. 30%
- 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%
- 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:
- Comprehension and application of assigned drawing principles.
- Development of perceptual skills (observation).
- Application of strong drawing media skills.
- Sketchbook /journal - A collection of 10 completed drawings and note taking
from readings and critiques.
- Oral and written participation in critiques.
- Consistency of effort/progress through time allotted.
- Completeness of class work and homework at time of deadline.
- Utilization of class hours.
- Presentation of work with no smears or torn edges or folded works of art.
- Absences: your overall grade will be affected if you're absent more than
- Final project and drawing portfolio evaluation.
- Technical expertise.
- 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.
FOR EVERY ABSENCE OVER 3 ABSENCES, A DEDUCTION OF 3 POINTS FROM FINAL GRADE
Available at Sadlers or Hobby Lobby:
- 9" x 12" Sketchbook (hardback or softbound)
- 18" x 24" White Bond Paper (Strathmore) 400 Series - (no recycled paper)
- 18" x 24" Newsprint Pad
- BFK or Stonehenge papers - available at Sadlers or Daniel Smith Catalog
- this is paper for your final drawing and may be purchased later in semester.
- Paper Portfolio (large enough to hold Masonite drawing board and 18" x 24"
- Drawing board (masonite with clips) - see me or purchase at stores listed.
- Mechanical drawing pencil (hard leads) 0.5
- Graphite pencils - HB, 2B, 3B, 4B, 6B, H, 2H - good brand (Bruynzeel or
- Ebony pencils - two or three - Design - FaberCastell
- Aluminum pencil sharpener (hand held) or battery operated sharpener
- Verithin Pencils - TERRA COTTA (at least 6) and Bruynzeel #558 pencil
- Kneaded eraser, Pink Pearl eraser, Pentel clic-eraser (white vinyl) 18"
ruler, compass (inexpensive)
Other supplies as needed to be announced prior to appropriate class session.