Wednesday, August 27, 2008

ART3033: Syllabus

Fall 2008 – 3 Credit Hours
Section 1: MWF 3pm - 4:50pm, 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: Continuation of development of drawing skills and concepts. Students at this level should have well developed drawing skills and good understanding of drawing principles. Undraped life models will be provided when available. 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. Students enrolled in the BFA programs must pass the BFA Review prior to enrollment in 4000 ART courses. Prerequisites, ART 1013, ART 1023, ART 1033 and 1043, ARTH 2583, ARTH 2593. May be repeated for credit.

REQUIREMENTS: Like Drawing 1 & 2, 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; one 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: 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 that were covered in Drawing 1 & 2 and building upon them. Furthermore, we will fully investigate the figure in terms of anatomy, movement, process, and concept. In doing so, we will perform short-term formal exercises in class, create long-term multi-session drawings, and you will be given ambitious homework projects involving the figure.

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 extended drawings 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):

Line / Space / Value Refreshers
Figure – Skeleton Studies – Bridgeman Anatomy / Proportion
Figure – Master Studies – Sketchbook
Figure – Value – Self-Portrait
Figure – Gesture – Blind Contour - Moveable Masses
Figure – Anatomy / Proportion – Bridgeman Sketchbook
Figure – Moveable Masses – Large Scale: Craft
Figure – Self Portrait – Line / Value – Sketchbook
Figure – Contour / Cross-Contour – Large Scale: Craft
Figure – Value – Large Scale: Arches
Figure – Full Figure Self Portrait – Large Scale
Figure – Self Portrait in Interior – Large Scale
Figure – Multi-Figure Narrative Drawing – Large Scale


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

Constructive Anatomy by George B. Bridgman (Dover) Soft Cover - 8.95
Bridgman's Life Drawing by George B. Bridgman (Dover) Soft Cover - 7.95

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: approx. 30 x 40
-vine (soft) charcoal
-conte crayon: black, white, sanguine
-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.