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Areas of Study | | ARTS118 syllabus

DIVISION:Liberal Arts

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

ARTS117 and College-level reading skills required (place out of or complete DEVR098).


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. The student will demonstrate this through writing, quizzes and projects.
  • Gain control of a variety of mediums, presentation of finished sketches and projects. 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.


Week 1

Syllabus overview
Topical outline handout
Material list
Introduction to your sketchbook assignments, short research projects, and to your first studio assignment

Week 2

Vocabulary 1 (due)

  1. Aerial Perspective
  2. Contour drawing
  3. Elements of art
  4. Principles of design
  5. Laws of perspective
  6. Chiaroscuro
  7. Compressed charcoal
  8. Conceptual art
  9. Conte crayon
  10. Counterbalance

Essay 1 due (topic: What are your intentions for this second semester of Drawing? What directions do you intend to explore? What mediums would you like to explore?)

1 artist research due

Week 3

First studio assignment due
4 Sketches due and your second artist research is due
Introduction to studio assignment 2 “Perspective” – If needed I will give a review of the Laws of perspective

Week 4

Your third artist research due

Week 5

3 Sketches and your fourth artist research due
2nd studio assignment due (Perspective)
Introduction to studio assignment 3

Week 6

Essay 2 (topic: What have you learned in drawing one that you can apply in drawing 2? 150-250 words) and vocabulary 2 due

  1. Cross hatching
  2. Gesture
  3. Graphite
  4. Hatching
  5. Horizon line
  6. Metal point
  7. Isometric perspective
  8. Negative shapes
  9. Outsider art (give an example)
  10. Pastels

Week 7

Your fifth artist research due

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. Pattern
  2. Rhythm
  3. Scratchboard
  4. Figurative foreshortening
  5. Value
  6. Sfumato
  7. Vanishing point
  8. Vertical perspective
  9. Fixative
  10. Abstraction 

Week 8

3rd studio assignment due (2-point perspective, abstract)
3 Sketches due and 6th artist research due
Essay 4 (topic: What makes a good abstract drawing? 150-250 words) and vocabulary 4 due

  1. achromatic
  2. actual texture
  3. ambiguous space
  4. amoeboid shape
  5. analytical line
  6. anthropomorphism
  7. ant’s eye view
  8. appropriated image
  9. assemblage
  10. axonometric projection

Week 9

4th studio assignment due (Free drawing, the subject is up to you, no group critique)
2 Sketch due and your seventh artist research due
Mid-term critiques

Week 10

Mid-term exam

Week 11

2 sketches due and your eighth artist research due
Essay 5 (topic: describe the techniques used in drawing. Give examples. 150-250 words) and vocabulary 5 due

  1. baseline
  2. bird’s eye view
  3. calligraphic line
  4. caricature
  5. chromatic
  6. complementary colors
  7. cool colors
  8. diptych
  9. disegno
  10. eye level

Week 12

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

Week 13

6th studio assignment due (Impress me, find your direction and style)
3 Sketch due and your tenth artist research due

Week 14

Your eleventh artist research due

Week 15

Vocabulary 6

  1. facture
  2. foreshortening
  3. gestural approach
  4. fumage
  5. grattage
  6. icon
  7. iconography
  8. implied line
  9. informational drawing
  10. monochromatic

 Essay 6 (topic: What is your favorite drawing? List title, artist, time period, and movement it is associated with. 150-250 words) due

Week 16

7th studio assignment due (Impress Me)
Final critiques
3 Sketch due and your last (12th) artist research due

Week 17

Tying up loose ends
Final Exams

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)

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


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