School of Applied and Information Technology
The Institute of Art, Design, and Interactive Media
Drawing I, Sections: C41 and CN1
ARTS 132 — 3 Credits —Drawing I explores the basics of drawing using a variety of traditional materials and digital media. A series of drawing exercises and projects investigate subjects including still life, architectural perspective, and the human figure. This course prepares students for intermediate-level visual arts courses in both transfer and career programs in art, design, and interactive media. It may also be taken for personal enrichment.
- 3 Credits; 2 lecture hours per week; 2 laboratory hours per week
- Prerequisites: ENGL 051 or ESOL 042, RDNG 051 or ESOL 044, or written permission from program coordinator required.
BASIC COURSE INFORMATION
- Instructor: Sarada Conaway (sounds like Shar a da)
- Spring 2013
- Instructor’s office: Q225, CCBC Catonsville
- Instructor’s contact information: email@example.com (443) 840-4699
- Class times: C41, 5:45-9:30Thursday, CN1 1:25-5:10 Tuesday
- Instructor’s office hours: 11:00-1:00 Tuesday, 1:00-4:00 Wednesday
- Additional office hours are available by appointment. The instructor is available via email and by phone, but please allow approximately one business day for a reply.
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
- use traditional and computer drawing media to produce finished drawings;
- describe the contours of objects using the element of line;
- represent the spatial interaction of shapes through figure ground relationships;
- identify basic shapes within complex forms;
- define value through a range of light and dark tones to illustrate the volume of objects;
- recognize the tactile qualities of objects through the representation of texture;
- create the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface by using the rules of perspective;
- organize a composition using the elements and principals of visual organization;
- measure the proportions of subjects and align them correctly in their drawings; and
- experiment with the expressive qualities of drawing through the exploration of various themes.
- conte crayon
- computer media
- contour line
- cross contour line
- Figure Ground Relationships
- stable figure/ground
- reversible figure/ground
- ambiguous figure/ground
- ink wash
- computer value
- foreground, subject, background
- picture plane
- scale relationship
- object rendering
- human figure
INSTRUCTOR’S S STATEMENT
As this course is designed to prepare students for future art classes, we will focus on a variety of skills that are needed for, but not limited to, painting, drawing, interior design, graphic design, sculpture, and photography. Drawing I is also designed to increase skills that one could apply to any aspect of life, such as perceptual and visual awareness, communication skills, time management ability, creative problem solving, and work ethic. Finally, Drawing I is designed to provide greater enjoyment of our visual world and life enrichment.
- Complete a drawing sketchbook of at least 60 drawings. This requires regularly spending approximately 4-6 hours on drawing homework each week. Each week, you will create approximately 5 drawings for your sketchbook. Weekly sketchbook assignments are given in class and described on the course blog.
- Complete an artist research notebook of at least 35 different artists. This requires regularly spending 1-2 hours on research homework each week. Each week, you will research approximately 3 artists. Weekly research assignments are given in class and described on the course blog.
- Complete a minimum of 10 large format drawings in class. Weekly classroom assignments are given in class and described on the course blog.
- Create one final independent large format drawing project.
- Participate in all class discussions and critiques.
- Save any and all drawings created for this course in like new condition for the full duration of the semester so that you may hand in a complete portfolio upon completion.
Grades follow the standard system: A, B, C, D, and F. Five equal components will be used to evaluate your grade in this course:
- Sketchbook I -20 points possible
- Sketchbook II -20 points possible
- Classroom Drawing Portfolio I -20 points possible
- Classroom Drawing Portfolio II -20 points possible
- Final Independent Drawing Project -20 points possible
DEPARTMENTAL ATTENDANCE POLICY
- Attendance is required. If a student should miss 2 weeks of class, they must schedule a conference with the instructor and their final course grade will be lowered one full letter grade. If a student should miss 3 weeks of classes, they are not eligible to pass the class.
- If you are absent due to very legitimate reasons, such as hospitalization, it is advised that you save any and all documentation. Your grade of F or W (withdrawal) might affect your financial aid status and/or academic standing. You may need to turn in documentation to apply for a retroactive withdrawal, to appeal suspension of your financial aid, or to appeal academic probation or suspension.
- Should you miss class, please contact Sarada Conaway via email to keep her informed.
College closings and cancellations are posted on the college website as well as through campus alert. It is also recommended that you check the instructor’s website for any additional information on your class should a cancellation affect your course. The official CCBC snow policy states if the college has an early closing, then classes resume until the college closes (e.g. If a class is scheduled from 5-8pm, and the college closes at 6pm, you will be expected at your class at 5-6pm). Weather is not considered an excused absence if a class is not completely cancelled. It is your responsibility to check on the status of delays/cancellations and attend class accordingly.
A Drawing I kit is available in the bookstore. The kits are uniform to all Drawing I courses. Ask for a Drawing I kit by course, not by instructor. If you have financial aid, the bookstore kit is a great option.
- 1 18″ x 24″ drawing pad, heavy paper (70 pound or more)
- 1 18″ x 24″ newsprint pad
- 1 11″ x 14″ sketchbook (no smaller!) with hard cover
- graphite pencils of each hardness: HB, 2B, 4B & Ebony
- charcoal pencil
- uniball vision elite pen, fine point
- Alphacolor Char-Kole Compressed Charcoal, box of 12 pieces
- soft, or extra soft, vine charcoal
- 1 white plastic eraser or pink pearl
- 1 kneaded eraser
- 1 24″ ruler with non-stick cork or foam to prevent slipping
- low stick paper art tape
- India or Sumi ink (small bottle)
- #8 watercolor brush
- black and white conte crayon
- 1 carrying case
- non-slip sandpaper pencil sharpener
- X-acto knife
- 2 pieces cardboard or foamboard, 18″ X 24″
- additional materials for the independent drawing project final to be determined by each student
Follow link on course blog to calendar.
COURSE RELATED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Policies will follow those outlined by The Community College of Baltimore County. The following additional policies are unique to this class:
- Bring all supplies to each and every class. Students that arrive unprepared for class will be considered absent.
- Save any and all work created for this course for the full duration of the semester in a flat carrying case. All work must be presentation ready at the end of the course. Do not fold, roll, or otherwise damage your work.
- Phones, laptops, or similar devices must be turned off in class. Students violating this policy will be asked to leave class. Please speak to the instructor if you have an emergency and wish to request an exception to this rule.
- Work you create for this course may be posted on the course blog or used as an example in future classes.
- Only students enrolled in ARTS 132 may attend class.
- Late work will be accepted, but reduced one letter grade each week the assignment is late.
- Assignments are not accepted via email.
- Plagiarism is violation of academic integrity. It is defined in the CCBC code of conduct, section 13 n, as “the use of words or ideas of another source without giving credit to that source”. In this course, your instructor will impose all standard sanctions for plagiarism. If the evidence of an act of plagiarism is convincing, you will receive an F in this course. In addition to failure of this course, your instructor will report the incident. Once reported, the college may impose additional sanctions such as suspension or expulsion. For further information, see the CCBC Code of Conduct. Submit only works of art and writing assignments created exclusively by you, specifically for this course. You may draw another artist’s work only if you have gained permission from your instructor, ensured that you are not violating copyright law, and clearly credited the artist’s work. If you would like to collaborate with another artist, gain permission from your instructor before beginning the project. If you are not sure that your process is in accordance with the code of conduct, please speak with your instructor.
This syllabus may be changed at any time with notification.