Wednesday, January 29, 2014

1033 Syllabus - Spring 2014

ART 1033 : DRAWING 1
SPRING 2014 – 3 Credit Hours, CRN: 11229
Section 001 : T/R 11am-1:50pm
Instructor: John Norris, Assistant Professor of Art
Office Hours: W: 9am-12pm or by appointment
E-mail:    Phone: 972-3050 ext. 3755

COURSE DESCRIPTION (from the Undergraduate Bulletin): 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.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: Drawing skills will be developed through technical exercises in class and homework assignments employing the covered techniques and concepts. 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. By the end of the course, students will be well versed in various aspects of observational drawing, including line, value, space, form, and sighting/measuring.

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
4. Maintenance of the shared studio space, including cleaning up after work sessions, respecting shared tools and resources, and storing work and materials appropriately. After 2 absences, 10 points will be subtracted from your participation grade for each class missed. 20 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 a variety of related 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.


Blind Contour Line and Construction of Form – Simple Geometric Objects
Contour Line – Complex Geometric Objects
Space and Scale – Geometric and Biomorphic Objects
1 and 2 Point Perspective – Conceptual Exercises
Space and Perspective – Observational Exercises – Still Life
Line Quality – Light and Varied Line
Hatching and Cross Contour Line – Master Studies (Durer, Morandi)
Value and Chiaroscuro – Geometric and Biomorphic Objects
Value Scale and Value Shape – Geometric and Biomorphic Objects
Local Value - Intermediate Still Life
Value and Surface – Drapery Study
Final In-Class – Complex Still Life
Final Homework – Independent Still Life Project


BOOK / BLOG: We will NOT purchase a text for Drawing I. However, you will often be given information in the form of a class 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. It will provide images, examples, portfolio lists, etc.

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
-sandpaper for charcoal sharpening
-compressed charcoal
-charcoal pencil
-shammy (chamois) cloth
-gray kneaded eraser and white Factis-type eraser
-graphite pencils: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B
-pencil sharpener
-small box to contain materials
-spray fixative