Saturday, January 9, 2010

ART1043 - Drawing 2 Syllabus - Spring 2010

ART 1043 : DRAWING 2
Spring 2010 – 3 Credit Hours
Section 001: 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: ART 1043 - DRAWING II - STUDIO ART. Continuation of ART 1033. Students become more skilled with visual elements and drawing principles. A broader range of materials and techniques will be used. Subject matter will include still life, undraped life models, landscape, and imagined subjects. 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. Prerequisite, ART 1033.

REQUIREMENTS: Like Drawing 1, 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: More than 6 absences will result in a grade of F for the course. All late work will be counted off 10 points (aka one letter grade) 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. 10 points will automatically be deducted from your final participation grade if you miss the final critique.

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 and building upon them, Furthermore we will be introducing new concepts such as the figure, new materials, new ways of understanding line, 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):

Perspective Refresher – Conceptual & Observational Exercises – Still Life
Value Refresher – Value Scale / Value Shape Exercises – Still Life
Value – Reductive Drawing – Large Scale Still Life
Value – Complex Large Scale Still Life – Drapery Studies
Value – Biomorphic Forms – Sketchbook
Space – Interior – Sketchbook
Space – Interior – Homework
Space – Exterior – Sketchbook
Space – Exterior - Homework
Repetition - Homework
Head – Skeleton Studies – Bridgman Anatomy / Proportion
Head – Gesture – Geometric forms
Head – Anatomy / Proportion – Bridgeman Sketchbook
Head – Self Portrait – Line / Value – Sketchbook
Head – Portrait in Interior Space
Head – Double Portrait
Open Final Project


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

Constructive Anatomy by George 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 (preferably 400 series)
-18x24 pad of Newsprint
-drawing board with clips: a 25 x 28 piece of masonite will work
-vine or willow (soft is best) 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