Beginning Drawing / Art 120
Instructor: Victor Sandblom
Room C 256
Item 0738, Section E
Office Hours: Before or after class upon request:
Off ice Phone: 425-564-2479
COURSE OBJECTIVES: To develop a sharper visual acuity and learn basic rendering skills. This course will address:
v accuracy of shape
v scale and proportion
v line quality
v volume and depth
v use of value to create highlight and shadow
v atmospheric perspective
v linear perspective
v the use of various drawing media; charcoal, graphite, tonal paper
** YOUR WORK WILL BE EVALUATED WITH REGARDS TO YOUR PROFICIENCY IN THE USE OF THESE OBJECTIVES IN YOUR DRAWINGS.
MATERIALS: A materials list is given out the first day of class. You are required to have these materials available to you during class. Lockers are provided for this purpose. (Do not count on purchasing the necessary materials during class at the Bookstore. Get them in ADVANCE).
ASSIGNMENTS: No handouts will be given regarding your homework assignments. Information on these assignments will be discussed by the instructor in class. Homework and in-class assignments are part of the studio work. Directions and demonstrations regarding the expectations of these assignments will be discussed during the studio. If you miss information regarding an assignment, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to get that information from another student.
TEXT: The text for this class is Drawing from Observation by Brian Curtis. It is a good text representative of a good college drawing class. There are, however, many other books on drawing. If you are interested in a reading list of some other good drawing books, just ask me.
GRADING: Grading is based on in-class and homework drawing assignments. These assignments are turned in on a regular basis and graded throughout the quarter. Refer to the attached SYLLABUS of dates for the specific schedule for this quarter. The in-class work is designed for the achievement of the above stated drawing objectives in a studio environment where your instructor can assist you and answer your questions. Note that there are two "intro" in-class assignments that will be reviewed but not graded. The home assignments will address more in-depth explorations of the techniques discussed in class. Generally, persons who extend a reasonable effort and MEET ALL THE REQUIREMENTS (assignments, attendance, etc.) will attain at least a "C" level, although there are, of course, no guarantees. A "C" level grade from this course on your transcripts or resumes signifies that you are COMPETENT in your drawing abilities regarding the above stated drawing objectives. "B" level will require an above average, reasonably complete mastery of the drawing objectives. An "A" level will additionally require outstanding skill development, illustrated by exceptional drawings completed in both the homework and in-class assignments. Grading on your work is done on a numerical scale as follows:
A = 9.5 A- = 9.0 B = 8.5 B- = 8.0 C =7.5 C- = 7 D = 6.5 D- = 6
*WORK TURNED IN LATE WILL BE LOWERED A GRADE
*WORK NOT TURNED IN WILL BE ASSIGNED A "0" ZERO
*STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE AND TURN IN AT LEAST 75% OF DRAWINGS TO BE AWARDED CREDIT FOR THE COURSE.
The assignments that you turn in will be graded with the above number scale (with the exception of the +/- intro assignments). For your final grade, these scores are simply added up and averaged. You can gauge your grade at any time during the quarter by keeping track of your scores and figuring your average.
An additional element to your grade (approximately 10%) is your studio final evaluation. This is based on attendance and working in class. If you have regular attendance (see more on attendance below), bring the required drawing materials, participate in critiques, and follow studio instructions, you will have no problems with the studio evaluation.
ATTENDANCE: 100% attendance is very important to get the benefit of introductory lectures, slide presentations, assignments and directions, critiques, and the instructor's help with your work. You are responsible for obtaining information which you may have missed in not attending class. The drawings which are to be completed in studio, from in-class still-lives, are dependent on you being in class. After 3 absences it is advised that you withdraw from the class, five or more absences will equal an F. If there is an extended illness or specific emergency which would warrant an incomplete grade, you will need to notify your instructor. At least 70% of class work must be successfully completed in order for an "incomplete" grade to be assigned. For a full outline of the Art & Humanities Procedures and Expectations, you are asked to review them on the web at http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/artshum/studentinfo.html. It is important to be IN the classroom when class is scheduled to begin. During the first portion of class is when many instructions and pertinent information is introduced also when roll is taken. It is to your advantage to be on time. If you miss roll, it is your responsibility to let the instructor know you have arrived late; otherwise you will be counted absent Students leaving half way through class will also be counted absent for 1/2 day. This a 6 hour per week/3 hours per class session studio course which you have signed up for if you do not feel that you can commit to the entire 6 hours per week required please reconsider taking the course.
CRITIQUES AND REVIEWS: In-class drawings will be reviewed on the board periodically and the homework drawings will be reviewed on the board at the BEGINNING of class when due. Any drawing NOT on the bulletin board when it is due will be considered late. Students will be expected to participate in the critique/review process. This is an opportunity to ask questions about problems you may have encountered, to see how other students approached the assignment, and learn more about how to improve your work.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. If you would like to inquire about becoming a DSS student you may call 564-2498 or go in person to DSS(Disability Support Services) program office C210 in the student union building.
INTERIOR DESIGN STUDENTS: Work may be retained for F I D E R accreditation. All graded work will be collected for the scheduled FIDER visitation.
SUMMARY OF STUDENT DRAWINGS:
v Value Scale (+/-)
v The Gesture drawing
v The Gesture-Form- Detail drawing
v Perspective: The Hallway drawing
v 1pt, 2pt and 3pt Perspective
v The Cross Contour
v The Sphere
v The Final
v 3-D Sentence (+/-)
v The measured intuitive gesture
v Line drawing from observation/ the extended contour
v The Hallway
v One, Two and Three point perspective
v Cross contour / the striped cloth
v Cross contour/biomorphic form/The Four Eggs
Drawing room C256 is a multi-use facility. There are usually three to four sections of drawing here per quarter and sometimes painting. The Continuing Education courses also use this room on occasion. It is important that we keep this room organized, so PLEASE return your benches and easels to their assigned areas before leaving the room. At times you may want to continue working on a drawing from an in-class still life. If you do want to do some additional work here, please check the room schedule posted outside. Other instructors are not to be expected to accommodate you during their classes.