ARTS  Drawing I and II

    Fundamentals of drawing; consideration of line, space, form, and perspective in rendering from still life, landscape, or the human figure.  Emphasis on composition and development of hand-eye coordination. Most drawings will be completed from still life setups, students posing and local landscapes.  

    Drawing two will continue the work of drawing I and will emphasize completed drawings with strong compositions in a variety of media.



    Instructional Methodology

    The class will consist of both in-class and outside-of-class exercises and informal in-class critiques.  Class participation in these critiques is expected.


    Course Rationale

    The purpose of Drawing I is to provide each student with specific drawing media experiences and to build basic perceptual skills in terms of drawing from studio set-ups.  The student will also gain basic knowledge of the elements of art: line, value, shape/volume, texture and (some) color to lead to their deliberate manipulation for different types of spatial illusion, compositions, and expressive meaning.


    Common Course Objectives

    Students will analyze visual information in terms of proportional relationships, spatial relationships and basic geometric shapes in order to accurately depict objects and groupings of objects. Students will use shading (continuous tones, cross contour, cross hatching and stippling) to create the illusion of volume, depth, and the natural way light describes form. Students will describe texture and organic rhythms drawing from still life objects and landscape. Students will execute one and two point perspective drawings. Students will use a variety of tools and techniques spontaneously to interpret subjects in particular expressive ways. Students will discuss drawing using a commonly understood terminology. Students will make drawings from the human figure to depict anatomical relationships. Students will present their completed work in a professional manner.

    Objectives/Outcomes established by the instructor

    The exercises are designed for those who have little or no previous formal training.  However, students will be instructed individually based on their level of performance.  Those with prior training or special aptitude will also be challenged and benefit from the exercises given.

    The student will compile a portfolio of all drawing work in the order of its completion.  Each drawing must have the artist's name, date, the objective or purpose of its execution written on the back in the top left hand corner. A sketch book is required.  


    Course Outline


    Part one-       Seeing. Introduction to the course, materials. Seeing, line drawings.                                       Visual elements, vocabulary of drawing, more contour drawing.

                           Analysis of form—geometric shapes in space.

    Part two-       Value, light, shading, volume

                           Value scale

                          Chiaroscuro, modeling, shading, cross-hatching

    Part three-    Illusion of space—devices to create space in a drawing.

                           Spatial devices.  One- and Two-point perspective, etc.

                           Using space in landscape or interior studies.

                           Atmospheric Perspective and Foreshortening.


    Part four-      Gesture drawing, intro to figure.



    Have your materials ready at the beginning of class.

    Do your best

    Participate in all activities

    Do not leave the class without permission.

    Cell phones and other devices may be used for research with permission

    Cell phones may be used to listen to music with earphones.

    If I can hear it,  it is too loud.   If I tell you to turn it down more than once, you will turn it off.


    Texting, calling, gaming or use of social media is prohibited and will result in the phone being confiscated.  The first time that this occurs, your device will be confiscated and  returned at the end of the class period.  The second time will result in chill out.



    1. Verbal warning
    2. Student conference
    3. Parent Conference
    4. Office referral


    Absences and Tardies

    If you are tardy, come directly to class and enter quietly.  The fifth tardy will result in a referral as will each additional tardy.   

    It is the student’s responsibility to make up missed work if absent, and to turn in work on time. Work that is not turned in will be recorded as a zero. I will NOT search for work to be turned in, even if it is in the classroom.  Late work will be accepted up to three days after the assigned due date; however, each day it is late results in a loss of one letter grade.  If the assignment is not turned in after three days, the student will receive a grade of 0% on the assignment.



    Classwork and homework account for 75% of your grade.  It is required that an exam is given, and that the exam counts for 25% of the final grade.  All students must take the exam.


    Students work will be evaluated based upon his or her individual progress and meeting skill goals; not against other students. Projects and long term assignments will be evaluated based upon project requirements, work ethic and behavior.  A grading rubric is included in this syllabus.  This rubric will be used for all project assignments.


    Required Materials

    Sketchbook  at least 9” x 12” spiral bound.  or  copy paper and a folder.

    drawing pencils 2B, 4B, and H at least.

    pink eraser or gum eraser

    Kneaded eraser

    at least three ultra fine point permanent markers

    one roll of one inch masking tape or painters tape.

    Colored pencils are optional, but strongly suggested.