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COURSE NUMBER: ARTS117
COURSE TITLE:Drawing I
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S):
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Theory and practice in the elements of beginning drawing. Introduces principles of color, composition, perspective and use of additional media. Emphasis is given to developing skills in a wide range of materials and techniques, visual inventiveness, self-direction, and individual expression. Class meets 5 hours per week.

PREREQUISITES:
College-level reading skills required. Place out of of complete DEVR098.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Develop perception and observational skills: such as; scale and proportion, accuracy of shape, contour of 3-dimensional form, and positive and negative shapes. The student will demonstrate this through writing, quizzes and projects.
  • Coordination of hand/eye techniques: such as; sighting with a pencil, use of viewfinder, memory drawings. The student will demonstrate this through writing, quizzes and projects.
  • Understand depth and perspective within the picture plane: such as; depth shown by linear perspective, volume and depth created by light and shadow, atmospheric perspective, and chiaroscuro. The student will demonstrate this through writing, quizzes and projects.
  • Understand composition: compositional devices enhancing depth, composition and space, seeing imagery relative to the entire page, relating parts to the whole, the design and use of the void area of composition and their uses in different cultures. The student will demonstrate this through writing, quizzes and projects.
  • Gain control of a variety of mediums, presentation of finished sketches and projects and their uses in different cultures. The student will demonstrate this through writing, quizzes and projects.
  • Understand the terminology used in the drawing medium: vocabulary and artist research papers. The student will demonstrate this through writing, quizzes and projects.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:

Week 1:
Class 1
Syllabus overview
Topical outline handout
Introduction to your sketchbook assignments, short research projects, and to your first studio assignment (self-portrait)

Class two
Studio day

Week 2:
Class 3
Vocabulary 1 (due)

  1. Line
  2. Charcoal
  3. Elements of art
  4. Principles of design
  5. Laws of perspective
  6. Hatching
  7. Cross hatching
  8. Stippling
  9. Value
  10. Contour drawing and Essay 1 due (topic: What is drawing? What are the “uses” for drawing?)

Short Lecture on selected artist
The rest of the class period will be used as a studio day.

Class 4
Studio day
1 artist research due

Week 3:
Class 5
Critique
First studio assignment due (Self Portrait)
4 Sketches due and your second artist research is due
Introduction to studio assignment 2 – Short lecture on perspective (important stuff).
The rest of the class period may be used as studio time

Class 6
Short lecture on selected artist
The rest of the class period should be used as studio time

Week 4:
Class 7
Studio day

Class 8
Studio day
Your third artist research due

Week 5:
Class 9
Short Lecture on selected artist
The rest of the class period should be used as studio time

Class 10
Critique
3 Sketches and your fourth artist research due
2nd studio assignment due (1 point-Perspective, cityscape)
Introduction to studio assignment 3

Week 6:
Class 11
Essay 2 (topic: What makes a “good” drawing? 150-250 words) and vocabulary 2 due

  1. Ground Line
  2. Horizon Line
  3. 1-point perspective
  4. Picture Plane
  5. Two point perspective
  6. Three point perspective and abstracts
  7. Isometric perspective
  8. Vanishing point
  9. Size in relation to perspective
  10. Position in relation to perspective

The rest of the class period should be used as studio time.

Class 12
Short lecture on selected artist
Your fifth artist research due
The rest of the class period should be used as studio time.

Week 7:
Class 13
Essay 3 (topic: Why are knowing the “Laws of Perspective” important in creating works of art, specifically, in our case, drawing? 150 to 250 words) and vocabulary 3 due

  1. Sketch
  2. Gesture drawing
  3. Composition
  4. Figurative foreshortening
  5. Orthogonal
  6. Chiaroscuro
  7. Blending
  8. Pastels
  9. Fixative
  10. Pencil

The rest of the class period should be used as studio time.

Class 14
Critique
3rd studio assignment due (2-point perspective, abstract)
3 Sketches due and 6th artist research due

Week 8:
Class 15
Short lecture on selected artist
The rest of the class period should be used as studio time.

Class 16
Essay 4 (topic: What makes a good abstract drawing? 150-250 words) and vocabulary 4 due

  1. Vine charcoal
  2. Grid
  3. Contour hatching
  4. High key
  5. Low key
  6. Gestural line
  7. Contrast
  8. Core of a shadow
  9. Reflected light
  10. Cast shadow

The rest of the class period should be used as studio time.

Week 9:
Class 17
4th studio assignment due (Free drawing, the subject is up to the student, no group critique, this assignment will be reviewed independently with the instructor)

2 Sketch due and your seventh artist research due
The rest of the class period should be used as studio time.

Class 18
Mid-term critiques- check with the instructor for times

Week 10:
Class 19
Mid-term critiques

Class 20
Studio day

Week 11:
Class 21
Short lecture on selected artist
The rest of the class period should be used as studio time.

Class 22
2 sketches due and your eighth artist research due
The rest of the class period should be used as studio time. 

Week 12:
Class 23
Essay 5 (topic: describe the techniques used in drawing. Give examples. 150-250 words) and vocabulary 5 due

  1. highlight
  2. figure/ground relationships
  3. proportion
  4. Emphasis
  5. Balance
  6. Linear perspective
  7. Shape
  8. Color
  9. Texture
  10. Aerial perspective or Atmospheric perspective

The rest of the class period should be used as studio time.

Class 24
Critique
5th studio assignment due (Landscape)
2 Sketch due and your ninth artist research due

Week 13:
Class 25
Short lecture on selected artist
The rest of the class period should be used as studio time.

Class 26
Studio day

Week 14:
Class 27
6th studio assignment due (Impress me, find your direction and style)
Critique
3 Sketch due and your tenth artist research due

Class 28
Short lecture on selected artist
The rest of the class period should be used as studio time.

Week 15:
Class 29
Your eleventh artist research due
The rest of the class period should be used as studio time.

Class 30
Vocabulary 6

  1. Abstraction
  2. Background
  3. Asymmetry
  4. Symmetry
  5. Content
  6. Subject matter
  7. Framing
  8. Converging parallels
  9. Foreground
  10. Gradation and Essay 6 (topic: What is your favorite drawing? List title, artist, time period, and movement it is associated with. 150-250 words) due. The rest of the class period will be used as studio time.

Week 16:
Class 31
7th studio assignment due (Impress Me)
Final critiques
3 Sketch due and your last (12th) artist research due

Class 32
Final critiques

Week 17:
Final Exams


TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
There is no textbook.
Materials List for Drawing 1 and 2
  • Metal straight edge (12-18")
  • #11 Ex-acto knife and blades
  • Graphite pencils (2B and 4H minimum)
  • Vine charcoal
  • Prismacolor pencils- 24 pack
  • Pencil sharpener (you will find the manual pencil sharpener in the classroom does not fair well with coloring pencils)
  • Erasers (white plastic, hard pink, kneaded)
  • 1 technical ink pen--sizes .25 - .5 will do. Disposable pens are fine.
  • Masking tape ("drafting" tape so that it won't pull off paper from your masterpiece)
  • Oil pastels-starter set of 12 is fine
  • Water colors-Basic 8 is fine-tube or cake
  • Watercolor brushes (synthetic white sable brush)
    Rounds: #5
    Flats: 1/2"
  • White palette or mixing tray (an old plate or reasonable facsimile)
  • Portfolio for carrying 2-D work (17 x 22 min.) and a box for materials.
  • Glue stick or bottle of liquid glue
  • Three ring notebook with 8 1/2 x 11" for notes, thumbnail sketches, collages.
  • Tackle box (to carry your supplies)

EVALUATION:
22 sketches (15 points each/330 points)
12 artist researches (40 points each/480 points)
7 studio projects (100 points each/700 points)
6 vocabulary assignments (10 points each/60 points)
6 essays (20 points each/120 points)
7 Critiques (worth 10 points each/70 points)
Total: 1760 points total

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

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. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Spring 2019

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