20-Aug First day of class: Syllabus, course outline, materials list
22-Aug Mark making, contour drawing, blind contour
Homework 10 contour drawings in sketchbook
27-Aug Sketching, gesture, modified contour superimposed over gesture/rapid drawing
29-Aug Extended lines, gesture, and sighting
Homework 10 gesture drawings in sketchbook
3-Sep Labor Day – no class
5-Sep Intro to Perspective: linear and atmospheric
Homework 18×24 Heavyweight paper using pencil and/or graphite stick. Draw an interior space using 1 point perspective. This drawing should use all the techniques we have learned so far: gesture and contour (no value or light and dark).
10-Sep Composition: positive and negative shapes
12-Sep Composition continued
Homework No homework for next week due to Hurricane. Stay safe!
10 thumbnails demonstrating different compositions in positive and negative shapes from 1 still life
17-Sep Perspective continued outside (weather dependent)
19-Sep Perspective continued inside
Homework One 18×24 Drawing of an exterior space using perspective and line
24-Sep Value: general to specific
26-Sep Value continued
Homework In your sketchbook, 1 drawing of an object of your choice, using 4 values (white, black, and 2 grays) and NO LINE
Midterm grades due
1-Oct Intro to full value structure: highlight, light, shadow, core shadow, reflected light, cast shadow
3-Oct Intro to value in different techniques: hatching, cross hatching as opposed to continuous tone
Homework In your sketchbook, 1 drawing of a still life in value, using graphite stick and/or pencil or pen in your choice of technique(s) (hatching, cross hatching, or continuous tone). DIRECTIONS: Set up an arrangement of 3-5 objects with a clear sense of light and dark. Hint: point a light at the arrangement or set up near a window. Be sure to take into consideration the surface underneath and around the objects.
FOR NEXT WEEK: Bring a pen to class (Inexpensive ball point is perfect.)
8-Oct Fall break – no class
10-Oct Exploration of line quality and variation
Homework On 18×24 Heavy-weight paper and using pencil and/or graphite. Place a piece of fabric (clothing or a sheet are fine) on a flat surface and draw it. It will be easier if you use plain (no pattern) light-colored fabric. Use your whole piece of paper. Start drawing the bigger folds and work your way to the smaller ones.
15-Oct Combining line and value – Portraits
17-Oct Combining line and value – Hands
Watch: Titus Kaphar TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/titus_kaphar_can_art_amend_history?language=en
Homework On 18×24 Heavy-weight paper and using pencil and/or graphite: Draw a self-portrait. Include at least your head and shoulders. This drawing should use value and line.
FOR NEXT WEEK: Bring your colored pencils to class.
22-Oct Intro to color: color wheel (primaries, secondaries, tertiaries), hue, value, saturation, temperature, complements and other schemes, meaning & emotion
24-Oct Sketching with color
Homework In your sketchbook, 5 color sketches of foods/candy or wrappers, 1 drawing per page. You can use pencil or ink with colored pencil.
29-Oct Color in a still life
31-Oct Halloween – Color in a still life
5-Nov Color in a still life
7-Nov Color in a still life
Homework In your sketchbook, 4 drawings in pencil or ink with color. Draw anything you want from life: landscape, interior space, still life, portrait, self portrait, etc… You must consider the whole page (ie: If you are drawing your hand on a table, also include the table it’s resting on and anything else in your field of view.) After drawing it in ink or pencil, add color to an area of the drawing to heighten it (meaning to activate that area or to add emphasis).
12-Nov Putting it all together – Open drawing session at Salem College 1:30-4:00 pm
14-Nov Putting it all together
Homework In your sketchbook, 2 drawings of people (someone else or yourself). Each drawing should take a minimum of 30 minutes to complete.
19-Nov Begin Final Drawing
21-Nov Thanksgiving Break starts – no class
Homework Work on Final Drawing
26-Nov Final Drawing
28-Nov Final Drawing
3-Dec Last day of class: Final Drawing
5-Dec Exam day: Final Drawing Critique