Wednesday, August 27, 2008

ART1033: Syllabus

ART 1033 : DRAWING 1
Fall 2008 – 3 Credit Hours
Section 2 : MWF 10am – 11:50am, Art Annex 209
Instructor: John Norris, Assistant Professor of Art
Office Hours: M:12-1pm T:10am-12pm W:12-1pm F:12-1pm
E-mail: Phone: 972-3050 ext. 3755

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is the beginning drawing course. Students work on developing observation and the discovery of form from both real and imagined sources. Various materials and techniques are used to develop the technical means of expression. Drawings are in the form of exercises using clothed life models, still life, landscape, and imagined sources. Basic concepts of professional art ideals and practices. It is expected that students will spend a minimum of three additional clock hours per week on work outside the scheduled class time for each studio class. Additionally, the Art Major Core must be completed prior to the BFA Review. Students enrolled in the BFA programs must pass the BFA Review prior to enrollment in 4000 ART courses.

REQUIREMENTS: Drawing skills will be developed through technical exercises in class and homework assignments employing these techniques. The homework will allow students an opportunity to use their acquired skills creatively and to build off of the techniques they have learned in class. This is a STUDIO CLASS, which requires that students be actively involved in drawing exercises and contribute during critiques. Thus, students must be present and punctual in order to fully participate.

ATTENDANCE & CLASS PARTICIPATION: More than 6 absences will result in a grade of F for the course. All late work will be counted off 10 points for each class period late (Example: if your work merits a 93 but is 2 class periods late, then your grade will be a 73). Participation counts as 25% of your grade and is based on the following considerations: 1. Being present, punctual, and prepared for class 2. Focus on and completion of exercises during class 3. Participation during critiques, discussions, and dialogues. After 3 absences, 5 points will be subtracted from your participation grade for each class missed.

GRADING: Grading will be based on assignments (which will be submitted in portfolio form), your sketchbook, and class participation. The portfolios will make up 50% of your grade, and your sketchbook and class participation will each make up 25%.

A: 90 - 100% B: 80 - 89% C: 70 - 79% D: 60 - 69% F: 0 - 59%

Portfolio and sketchbook grades will be based on the following elements: 1) Indications that the student has understood the assignment and is employing its specific techniques. 2) a sense of quality showing that the students has invested a significant amount of time and focus into the assignment. 3) The overall success of the final image based on formal elements (composition, line quality, sense of light & volume, etc.) as well as creativity. AGAIN, TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS LATE AUTOMATICALLY REDUCES YOUR GRADE. IF YOU ARE CONFUSED ABOUT GRADING, FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS.

COURSE OUTLINE: We will be investigating several concepts including line (contour/cross-contour), value, shape, space (1 & 2 point perspective), and composition (form, harmony, rhythm, etc.). In doing so, we will follow a pattern through which students will gain understanding of concepts, learn to put them to practice, and ultimately combine them to create successful drawings:

1. We will discuss a new concept and do several exercises based
on this idea. We may also do readings and/or have slide talks.
2. We will do a series of more extended drawings connected to the concept.
3. We will do a series of sketchbook drawings to further investigate.
4. We will work on an extended drawing inside/outside class that may take up
to 2/3 weeks to complete.
5. We will critique the work and its relation to the concept as a class.

CLASS STRUCTURE (subject to change):

Contour Line – Geometric Objects – Sketchbook
Blind Contour Line – Complex Objects – Sketchbook
Space – Scale – Geometric Objects
Space – 1 & 2 Pt. Perspective – Conceptual Exercises – Sketchbook
Space – Perspective – Observational Exercises – Still Life/Landscape
Cross-Contour Line / Hatching – Observational Exercises – Sketchbook
Value – Chiaroscuro – Geometric Objects
Value Scale / Value Shape – Geometric Objects
Value – Intermediate Still Life
Value – Drapery Study
Value – Complex Still Life
Figure – Anatomy of Head – Skull Studies – Sketchbook
Figure – Proportion of Head - Conceptual Head Study –Sketchbook
Figure – Line / Value Self Portrait – Sketchbook
Figure – Model Head Studies
Final – Complex Still Life


BOOK / BLOG: Students are required to purchase the following text:

Constructive Anatomy by George B. Bridgman (Dover) Soft Cover - 8.95

We will do regular readings from the book, and students will be expected to have the text with them at all times during class. Handouts will also occasionally be made available. However, students will usually receive additional info, image examples, assignment specifications, and portfolio details via the following blog:


You will be expected to check this regularly as part of your class participation. The blog will serve as a supplement; not as a substitute for being in class.

MATERIALS: Students will be required to purchase the following materials. Most materials can be found at the ASU Bookstore and the Wolf Bookstore. Some will be available at Hobby Lobby and various hardware stores.

-9x12 Sketchbook (preferably Strathmore)
-18x24 pad of Strathmore Drawing Paper
-18x24 pad of Newsprint
-drawing board with clips: a 25 x 28 piece of masonite will work
-vine (soft) charcoal
-sandpaper for charcoal sharpening
-compressed charcoal
-shammy cloth
-gray kneaded eraser and white Factis-type eraser
-graphite pencils: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B
-pencil sharpener
-small box to contain materials



Any student who is registered with Disability Services AND who needs
"reasonable accommodation" must notify the professor by the end of the
second week of classes.

Arkansas State University Department of Art Policies require that all
electronic devices (cellular phones, laptop computers, etc.) Must be
Turned Off during class in all classrooms, studios and lecture hall.
Exceptions will be made for students who are registered with
Disability Services.

This course may require the use of hazardous chemicals, equipment or
processes that the University Safety Committee recognizes as
potentially hazardous to a student's safety and health. Every
instructor is required to provide instructional information and
training on safe handling and usage procedures prior to engaging
students in the use of hazardous chemicals or equipment. In addition,
students are advised to notify the instructor or laboratory supervisor
of any medications or conditions that may impair their mental
alertness and/or their ability to safely engage in the use of any
hazardous chemical or equipment.

All students should participate in the use of hazardous chemicals and
equipment only under the direct supervision of the instructor or by
approval of the instructor, using recommended methods and procedures.
Failure to adhere to the outlined safety precautions could result in
disciplinary action.

Academic Integrity Policy of the Art Department, Arkansas State University

I. Academic Integrity
A. Academic integrity calls for students to do their own work and
not to claim as their work anything someone else has done.
Intellectual growth calls for doing one's own work; so does academic honesty.
B. Infringements of academic integrity include offering someone
else's work as your own (see Plagiarism below), buying term papers, and cheating (see Test cheating below). Specific penalties may result.

II. Plagiarism
A. "Plagiarism" means giving the impression in an assigned paper or
studio work that someone else's thoughts, ideas, images and/or words are your own.
B. To avoid plagiarism give written credit and acknowledgement to the source of the thought, idea, image and/or words, whether you have used direct quotation, paraphrasing, or just a reference to a general idea.
C. If you directly quote words written by someone else, enclose the
quotation in quotation marks and provide a footnote.
D. If you directly incorporate an image by someone else, you should give credit to that person, in the title, or following your signature, or in some other appropriate way.
Example: ".. after Rembrandt."
E. No written paper or studio project created for credit in one
class should be used for credit in another class without the knowledge and permission of all professors concerned.
F. The research as well as the complete written paper or studio
project should be the work of the person seeking academic credit for the course.

III. Faculty members may respond to plagiarism in any of the following ways:
A. Return the work to be redone; the grade may be reduced.
B. Give a failing grade on the work ("F" or zero).
C. Give the student a failing grade in the course.

IV. Test Cheating may consist of any of the following:
A. Having access to exam questions beforehand.
B. Having access to course information during an exam period.
C. Observing another person's test during the exam period.

V. If cheating occurs during a test, a faculty member may:
A. Seize the test of the offending student, or
B. Allow the testing to continue without interruption, informing the offending student at the end of the period about the offense.

VI. Faculty members may respond to cheating in any of the following ways:
A. Give a failing grade on the exam ("F" or zero).
B. Give a failing grade in the course.
C. Refer the matter for disciplinary action to the Office of Student Affairs.

VII. Scope: These policies cover all classes in the Department of Art.