Art 120 DRAWING 2009 Instructor Pat De Caro
bibliography: these books are worth reading or having as a reference.
DRAWING- Brian Curtis
Perspective Drawing Handbook, J. D’Amelio (Van Nostrand Reinhold)
Perspective Made Easy, Hal
Materials: all supplies are required.
Strathmore Drawing paper pad (smooth surface is best) 400 series 18 x 24”
*Newsprint pad of 100 sheets, rough surface preferred, 18 x 24”
other paper may be added later
Alphacolor or Weber Costello Charkole, box of 12
*drawing pencils, 2B, 4B, 6B
black conte crayon (B soft)
*kneaded gum eraser (2)
white plastic eraser
Krylon Crystal Clear spray fixative
*paper portfolio to carry materials
*art bin or container to carry other supplies
18” ruler (also a small plastic T-square is useful)
waterless hand cleaner
work apron recommended
*Masonite board with clips or other type drawing board
ball of heavy string or white twine
Other materials may be added later. Please purchase supplies for first class day.
Use suitable substitutes when necessary.
Materials are available at the BCC Bookstore.
Other art supply stores:
Artist & Craftsman Supply
4350 8th Ave. NE,
Daniel Smith, Inc.
1124 Pike Street (corner of
Pike & Minor)
Art 120 DRAWING 2009 Instructor Pat De Caro
office hours : Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:30 PM or by appointment firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning drawing develops skills in translating imagery accurately to the page. Studio involves drawing from the still life, interiors and landscapes (weather permitting), and sometimes students drawing each other.
COURSE OBJECTIVES (GOALS) Please review these goals during the quarter.
1. Develop simple perception skills: scale and proportion, accuracy of shape, contour of 3-dimensional form, positive and negative shape.
2. Coordination of eye and hand skills: sighting with a pencil, use of viewfinder, memory drawings.
3. Understand the picture plane: depth shown by linear perspective, in Western European tradition, volume and depth created by light and shadow, atmospheric perspective, chiaroscuro.
4. Understand composition: compositional devices enhancing depth, Asian influence on composition and space; seeing imagery relatively to the entire page, relating parts to the whole; the design and use of the void area of composition.
5. Materials: gain control of assigned mediums; presentation of finished class work and homework.
1. Attendance is very important in this class. Be on time. Come to class prepared as class time represents hands-on experience . Attendance is reflected in grading. Students missing more than 5 classes will receive a failing grade, summer session missing more than 3. Those who attend unprepared to work will not receive credit unless special circumstances prevail. If you arrive late, please inform instructor of your attendance. Arriving late or leaving early hurts your performance.
1. Complete in-class assignments.
2. Complete homework assignments. Projects are due at the beginning of class .
3. Participate in class discussions and critiques.
Grading is based on assigned work (50%) which demonstrates:
1. Adherence to instructions of problems. Conceptual understanding of drawing elements.
2. Creative and original application of drawing principles.
3. Total presentation of work (includes drawing technique and your idea)
A=10 (exceptional) B= 8.5 (good) C= 7 (competent) D=5.5 (below average)
4. Attendance/ attitude, effort and improvement /critique participation (10%)
5. Homework (40%)
You can figure out your grade as the course progresses. You must finish 2/3 of all assignments, the combination of al l homework as well as class work, to pass this course. Participation in class includes your full attention to drawing as well as your verbal contribution during class discussions and critiques.
Late work accepted to 2 class days from due date.
Class etiquette and rules: No cell phones in class, no eating or having food in class. Arrive on time and leave at the finish of class period. Clean up your work area and return equipment after your use.
Keep a notebook for course syllabus, material list and project handouts. Be prepared to take notes during slides and discussions. It is your responsibility to speak with me if there are any questions, additional critiques, etc. Lockers are located in the hallways, they are shared with 3 persons to a locker. Lockers must be vacated at the end of the quarter.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students with disabilities who have accommodation needs are required to meet with the Director of the Disability Resource Center, room B132 (#425-564-2498) to establish their eligibility for accommodation. In addition, students are encouraged to review their accommodation requirements with each instructor during the first week of the quarter.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act mandates that we protect the privacy of student education records, and BCC policy mandates that we keep academic performance as a matter between the institution and the student. Requests by students to include third parties in any instructor-student discussion of academic performance will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the instructor.
some dates will be announced
1. Using line, express the form of an old shoe , let it rest on a flat surface for your composition. Let your drawing be approximately the same size as the actual shoe. Use 12 x 18 inch newsprint paper and either a 6B pencil or charkole pencil. You can trim down the newsprint on the cutter in the hallway. (If using pencil, it is not necessary to fix the work).
2. Using contour line, draw an overlapping arrangement of five simple volumetric forms.
Use at least two transparent objects would be helpful. Arrange the objects in a manner to show spatial depth, a contrast between the foreground area and background of the composition arrangement. Use the entire page. Use fixture spray to fix drawings. Use 18 x 24 inch newsprint with vine charcoal.
3. Draw your hand in 7 different positions. Draw the hands life size.
Express the contour of the 3-dimensional form. Please use one side 18 x 24 “newsprint.
Use the vine charcoal medium. or soft charcoal pencil. Please fix drawings.
4. Draw a book with a transparent object, for example a plain glass, in 3 different eye levels. Your goal is to show how the appearance changes between various eye level views. Keep the size and dimension somewhat equal. Please draw all 3 views on one side of an 18 x 24 inch newsprint. Please use vine charcoal and fix your drawing.
5. Draw a pair of “heavy” shoes. Express their weight, their 3-dimensional form and volume. Express the shoes character, let them convey a personality and substance. Please include some simple background or atmosphere in the surrounding space. This is a value drawing with charkole and can take several hours create various tonalities. Use smooth surface strathmore paper. Be sure to fix the drawing well (but don’t over spray)
6. Draw drapery covering a form, or hanging over a chair. Using light and shadow, convey the 3-dimensional of the form underneath. consider the fabric, its texture and color. Also express the mystery and feeling of place in your drawing, like the setting for theater or cinema; the why we are looking at the imagery, the location, and its placement, is it close up or far away, the time of day, the lighting, etc. These factors affect our feeling of mood. This is a value drawing with charkole and can take several hours. Use smooth surface strathmore paper and charkole. Be sure to fix the drawing. No late homework accepted during the last week of class.
7. Draw spatial depth by contrasting near and far elements in composition. Use your imagination and be inventive with objects in space to reveal a situation where one feels the
the realness of what’s closer and what’s far away. Use light and shadow to enhance the effect.
Extra credit project
Self-portrait from the mirror. It helps if your drawing is exactly the same size as your reflection. This is a value drawing and should show directional light and shadow. Can you express not only your likeness, but also, your personality? Use smooth surface strathmore paper and charkole. Be sure to fix the drawing. Include with final portfolio of class work, due March 17, 2009.
No late portfolios please, this is our last class day.