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COURSE NUMBER: ARTS122
COURSE TITLE:Life Drawing
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): ART 906
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:One traditional in the fall semester only.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Life drawing is a rigorous drawing course dedicated to the human figure. It emphasizes the anatomical structure of the body, as well as narrative and conceptual aspects of figurative art. The students will display a steady progression in technical skill, expression and a development of an individual style.
PREREQUISITES:
ARTS117 (Drawing I)
NOTES: This course is not available for web registration.

COURSE OBJECTIVES / STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The purpose of Figure Drawing is to provide each student with specific drawing media experiences and to build basic perceptual skills. The student will review basic knowledge of the elements of art: line, value, shape/mass, texture and color to lead to their deliberate manipulation for different types of spatial illusion, compositions, and expressive meaning. This course is directed towards giving the student a structured approach to drawing the human figure, which will serve as a foundation for his or her personal interpretive approach.

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the bone structure of the human skeleton and the muscular structure by drawing and by quizzes on anatomy.
  • Students will be able to draw the human figure accurately displaying normal proportional relationships of the body’s parts to the whole. This will be demonstrated through quizzes, class exercises and projects.
  • Students will depict the figure in a variety of poses using figurative foreshortening and linear perspective. This will be demonstrated through quizzes, class exercises and projects.
  • Students will draw the figure so that the illusion of volume is achieved through a variety of shading techniques. This will be demonstrated through quizzes, class exercises and projects.
  • Students will convey gesture when drawing the figure spontaneously in very brief periods of time. This will be demonstrated through quizzes, class exercises and projects.
  • Students will simplify, exaggerate, or distort visual elements and normative proportions to interpret expressive qualities of the figure. This will be demonstrated through quizzes, class exercises and projects.
  • Students will evoke mood through the expressive use of drawing materials. This will be demonstrated through quizzes, class exercises and projects.
  • Students will present their completed work in a professional manner.  This will be demonstrated through quizzes, class exercises and projects.

METHODOLOGY

Teaching will be done by the following methods:

  1. Demonstration – The instructor will demonstrate concepts and technique by drawing in front of the class.
  2.  Hands on teaching – The instructor will make the rounds, working with each student, giving constructive criticism, and doing individual demonstrations.
  3. Discussion – The instructor will illustrate the technical and expressive aspects of life drawing by showing examples of his own work, and the work of other artists. Students will be encouraged to participate in group discussions and critiques as time allows.
  4.  Individual Discussion – The instructor will guide students individually by giving technical advice and suggested reading and research which would benefit individual students.
  5. To alternate a gestalt, gestural approach to life drawing with a methodical approach, this is to insure that the student will draw with energy and accuracy
  6.  Critiques- The instructor as well as the class will discuss the student’s work.


TOPICAL OUTLINE:

Week 1
Discussion of syllabus. Lecture: Drawing from model
Week 2
Draw – front, back, side views of model.  (30 points) Draw corresponding views of the skeleton. (20 points)
Week 3
Draw three views of the head and corresponding views from the skull. (60 points)                     
Week 4
Test on muscles of the torso.  (20 points) Gesture drawing with pencil, conte crayon, charcoal, and bamboo brush and ink (50 points) a larger project (100 points)
Week 5
Begin shading exercises using conte crayon and charcoal.  (50 points)
Week 6
Continue volumetric drawing using mass lines to give the illusion of form through linear shading, cross hatching and cross contour lines. Pencil, pen, charcoal, and conte crayon (150 points). Drawings due for grading and critique.
Week 7
Gesture drawing. Exploring pen and wash techniques on watercolor paper. (40 points)
Week 8
Explore chairoscuro with charcoal or conte on grey charcoal paper highlighted with white conte. Long pose. (50 points)
Week 9
Test on muscles of the arm. (15 points) Gesture drawing. Studies of the hand. Studies of the foot.  (70 points)
Week 10
Gesture drawing using continuous tone and drawing using a rendering stump and powdered charcoal or graphite. Drawings due for grading and critique. (40 points)                       
Week 11
Gesture drawings. Long pose using powdered graphite and pencil on good quality drawing paper (50 points) 
Week 12
Detailed drawing of the head in charcoal on grey paper heightened with white conte crayon. (60 points)
Week 13
Test on muscles of the leg. (15 points) Contour drawings. Value drawings. Combined contour and value drawings. (70 points)
Week 14
Long pose using choice of materials. (100 points)
Week 15
Long pose using choice of materials. Drawings due for grading and critique (100 Points)
Week 16
Student’s choice of poses and materials.  (100 points) Compute and discuss grades
Week 17
Wrapping up loose ends final critique.



TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:

Required Text:   The Human Figure by David K. Rubens

Suggested Reading:

Constructive Anatomy by George Bridgman

Bridgman’s Life Drawing, by George Bridgman

Figure Drawing by Nathan Goldstein

The Human Figure, by David K. Rubens is available in the DACC bookstore

The DACC Library located in the Clock Tower, has a fairly good collection of art and anatomy books.

Materials List:   

  1. Tackle box – an art tote for your supplies.
  2. Charcoal – (hard, soft, medium)
  3. Charcoal paper – white and gray
  4. Graphite pencils – 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, powdered graphite
  5. Kneaded eraser (large)
  6. Single edged razor blade (optional)
  7. Hand pencil sharpener
  8. Conte crayons – black and white, brown optional
  9. One pad 18" x 24" Strathmore drawing paper, white
  10. 8.5x11 copy paper for quick sketches and notation
  11. An assortment of markers, fine to medium point, permanent
  12. Spray fixative
  13. Watercolor brush, Chinese bamboo
  14. Water container (no glass please)
  15. Water soluble drawing ink
  16. Drawing pen or rapidograph
  17. Masking tape (optional)


EVALUATION:
In class exercises and sketches  500 points
Tests and quizzes  50 points
Gesture drawings 250 points
Projects   400 points
Total  1200 points

Grading scale:
100%-90% =A
89%-80% =B
79%-70% =C
69%-60% =D
59% and below =F
Student Evaluation/Grading Policies:

  1. Class time will be spent in a productive manner. Do not waste time.
  2. All assignments must be received by the due date.
  3. You may be asked to redo an assignment.
  4. All assignments have guidelines to follow. Follow them.
  5. You will receive 5 points per in class assignment.
  6. In regards to Critiques:
    1. There are two types of critiques, which happen during the semester.  Weekly peer critiques and a final critique administered by the instructor.
    2. When discussing work in a critique these guidelines are to be followed:
      1. composition
      2. craftsmanship
      3. order
      4. attention to detail and/or the lack of
      5. color application
      6. contrast
      7. overall success or failure
      8. be polite and constructive
    3. All work is to be scanned and/or made available on a flash drive to be presented for group discussion (critique)

Classroom Rules/Policy and Requirements:
Attendance is mandatory; commit to being in class every session, on time.
Concerning your website. Your website can be minimal, but a web presence is absolutely essential for job hunting/contact info.
Research Methods and Professional Practices class is self-motivated. All assignments should be finished early or on the due date in order to progress smoothly.

  1. Break times are scheduled by the instructor at appropriate intervals.
  2. No private software is to be loaded onto the school’s computers.
  3. No software games are allowed in lab (unless in course curriculum).
  4. Headphones are required if listening to music during studio time. No headphones areallowed during a lecture.
  5. All cell phones are to be off and out of sight.
  6. Keep all casual conversations during studio time at a whisper. 

Attendance and Withdrawal Policy:
Failure to complete assignments, especially projects, may result in you being dropped from the course. Please keep up with the course topical outline.  DACC's withdrawal policy, as well as our policies on issues such as plagiarism, may be found in your Student Handbook.  Plagiarism will not be tolerated. I have and most likely will drop you from the class if discovered. This of course all depends on the severity of the offence. If you miss three class periods, you may be dropped from the course. If you are having difficulty finishing an assignment, email. Let me know when things happen. Do not wait until midnight the night before an assignment is due to complete your work. Give yourself a cushion in case something goes wrong.

Student Conduct Code:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility.  As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College.  It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Conduct Code and the Academic Integrity Policy, as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall.


Disabilities: Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Student Support Services Center at 217.443.8862 (TTY 217.443.8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 113.  Please speak with me privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course after you have met with Student Support Services. I cannot grant accommodations on my own.


VISUAL FINE ARTS GRADING RUBRIC:


“A”-Exceeding 
Work is to be of high quality and the student will demonstrate an excellent understanding of this art form at a high level.
-Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and elements used in the art form.
-Demonstrate sensitivity to the medium chosen
-Demonstrate creativity with the medium chosen
-Demonstrate a high quality of craftsmanship
-Presented in a professional manner
-Demonstrate exemplary knowledge of a variety of techniques to be applied to the art form
-Demonstrate new insights and working methods applied to the art form
-Demonstrate historical knowledge in a variety of mediums
-Demonstrate an exemplary ability to analyze the art form
-Demonstrate and exemplary ability to interpret the art form


“B” Meeting
 Work is to be of medium quality and the student will demonstrate a proficient understanding of this art form at a good level.
-Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and elements used in the art form.
-Demonstrate sensitivity to the medium chosen
-Demonstrate creativity with the medium chosen
-Demonstrate a medium quality of craftsmanship
-Presented in a somewhat professional manner
-Demonstrate proficient knowledge of a variety of techniques to be applied to the art form
-Indicate knowledge of some new insights and working methods applied to the art form
-Demonstrate some historical knowledge in a variety of mediums
-Demonstrate proficient ability to analyze the art form
-Demonstrate good ability to interpret the art form


“C” Approaching
Work is of a developing quality and the student will demonstrate a developing understanding of this art form at a beginning level.
-Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and elements used in the art form.
-Demonstrate some sensitivity to the medium chosen
-Demonstrate some creativity with the medium chosen
-Demonstrate a developing quality of craftsmanship
-Presented in an acceptable manner
-Demonstrate developing knowledge of a variety of techniques to be applied to the art form
-Indicate knowledge of some insights and working methods applied to the art form
-Demonstrate some historical knowledge in a variety of mediums
-Demonstrate developing ability to analyze the art form
-Demonstrate beginning ability to interpret the art form


“D” Not Meeting
Work is of a sub-standard quality and demonstrates a deficiency understanding of this art form at an insufficient level.
-Demonstrate occasionally an understanding of the principles and elements used in the art form.
-Demonstrate some sensitivity to the medium chosen with difficulty
-Demonstrate some creativity with the medium chosen with difficulty
-Demonstrate a sub-standard quality of craftsmanship
-Presented in an unprofessional manner
-Demonstrate deficient knowledge of a variety of techniques to be applied to the art form
-Does not demonstrate a knowledge of insights and working methods applied to the art form
-Demonstrate insufficient historical knowledge in a variety of mediums
-Demonstrate deficiencies in their ability to analyze the art form
-Demonstrate deficiencies in their ability to interpret the art form


“F” Failing
-The student does not meet any of the criteria, portfolio, performance, craftsmanship, interpretation, or analysis.



REVISION:
Fall 2015

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