Art 120 DRAWING WINTER 2010 Instructor Pat De Caro
email@example.com office hours: M/W 11:00-11:30 and T/Th 12:30-1:30 C250A
Beginning drawing gives you the skills to translate imagery accurately and develop composition. The drawing studio is deeply involved with drawing from direct observation. Our subject matter confronts still life, interiors and landscapes (weather permitting), and sometimes students drawing each other. Our other concern is understanding the illusion of linear perspective.
COURSE OBJECTIVES (GOALS) Please review these goals during the quarter.
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. Attendance is reflected in grading. Students missing more than 5 classes will receive a failing grade. If you arrive late, please inform instructor of your attendance. Arriving late or leaving is reflected in grading.
2. Complete in-class assignments. You may be need to give additional time to class work besides our studio sessions.
3. Completed homework assignments (done outside of class time)
4. 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 or text messaging in class, no 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 Disability Support Services, room B233G (#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.
Dates will be announced during class sessions.
1. Using line, express the form of old shoes; let them rest on a flat surface for your composition. Let your drawing be approximately the same size and scale as the actual shoes. use a ruler and measure them to make sure. Use 18 x 24 inch newsprint paper and charcoal pencil.
2. Using contour line, draw an overlapping arrangement of at least five transparent forms.
Arrange the objects in a manner to show spatial depth, a contrast between the foreground area and background of the composition arrangement. Consider showing the table edge . 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 in their actual scale, or 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 brick or concrete block. This is very important; show the value contrast of light, shade and shadow to give weight to the block. Show its heaviness ( what does that mean?), express its character, material and surface. Use the entire composition, for example, emphasize its shadow to give drama and expression to the white space. In addition to these basic goals, use your creativity to give a unique quality or expression to the composition. For example, what would happen in the brick was crumbling, or if it was a paradoxical expression and floating. Use charkole for value contrast, this drawing needs to be fixed with Krylon spray. Use strathmore paper and the heavier charkole.
6. Draw shoes. Express their weight and 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 at least several hours. Use smooth surface strathmore paper. Be sure to fix the drawing well (but don’t over spray)
7. Draw a view that expresses the difference between inside and outside, exterior and interior and that expresses a feeling of place in your drawing. Why we are looking at the imagery, the location,and its placement are good questions to think about; 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.
8. 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.
bibliography: these books are so very helpful and worth having as a reference.
DRAWING- Brian Curtis
Perspective Drawing Handbook, J. D’Amelio (Van Nostrand Reinhold)
Perspective Made Easy, Hal Foster (Dover Books)
Materials: all supplies are required.
Some additional supplies may be added to your list later.
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 for use of ink and brush.
Drawing mediums There is a variety for you to experiment with
Alphacolor or Weber Costello Charkole ; a pack of 4 sticks
*drawing pencils, 2B, 4B, 6B are usually very helpful
*charcoal pencil, extra soft is best
*extra soft Willow vine charcoal; a box i s more economical than a 2 stick package
black conte crayon (B soft) 2 sticks is all you may need
*kneaded gum eraser (2)
white plastic eraser
Yasutomo 2 oz Black Sumi Ink
Connoisseur #8 Round Sumi Brush
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 will be very useful for perspective drawings)
waterless hand cleaner
work apron recommended to cover your clothes
*Masonite board with clips or other type drawing board ( we have some extra boards in class)
ball of heavy string or white twine
Other materials may be added later. Please purchase supplies as soon as possible.
Use suitable substitutes when necessary.
Materials available at the Bellevue College Art Supply Store (located near cafeteria)
Other art supply stores, call ahead to request directions or materials:
Artist & Craftsman Supply
4350 8th Ave. NE, Seattle 206-545-0162.
Daniel Smith, Inc.
4150 First Avenue S., Seattle (206)223-9599
15112 NE 24th Street, Bellevue (425)643-1781
*Utrecht Linens ( my favorite, frugal place to shop besides our very own)
1124 Pike Street (corner of Pike & Minor) Seattle (206)382-9696
Bellevue Art & Frame
1024 116th St. NE Bellevue (425)453-8959