WSSU Drawing I – Schedule and Projects

Syllabus

Materials List

Schedule may change. Please check every week.
Homework is due on the following Monday each week. Homework is graded and worth 80% of your class grade.

20-Aug 1st day of classes – syllabus, course outline, materials list – What is Drawing?
22-Aug Mark making, contour drawing, blind contour (Intro to materials)
Homework 5 contour drawings in sketchbook using pencil

27-Aug Gesture, modified contour superimposed over gesture/rapid drawing
29-Aug Gesture and contour continued
Homework 10 gesture drawings in sketchbook using graphite stick

3-Sep Shape: general to specific, geometry, and sighting
5-Sep Shape: general to specific, geometry, and sighting
Homework 10 thumbnails demonstrating different compositions from a still life
One 18×24 Still-life drawing on 70lb paper using graphite stick and pencil, demonstrating use of gesture, contour, geometry and sighting

10-Sep Value: general to specific
12-Sep Value continued
Homework 10 thumbnails demonstrating different value compositions from a still life
One 18×24 Still-life drawing on 70lb paper in charcoal, using 5 values: 100% white, 25% grey, 50% grey, 75% grey, 100% black

17-Sep Intro to Perspective: linear and atmospheric
19-Sep Perspective continued
Homework 10 thumbnails in sketchbook in pencil, demonstrating different compositions in pencil
One 18×24 drawing on 70lb paper in charcoal, of an interior space demonstrating use of perspective

24-Sep Elements of Composition: how to make a compelling drawing
26-Sep Composition: positive and negative shapes
Homework 10 thumbnails in sketchbook in pencil, demonstrating different compositions in positive and negative shapes from 1 still life
One 18×24 drawing on 70lb paper TBD

1-Oct Intro to value structure in different techniques: hatching, cross hatching as opposed to continuous tone
3-Oct Value and mark-making
Homework One 18×24 drawing on 70lb paper in pencil and graphite of a Still life in value using your choice or technique (hatching, cross hatching or continuous tone) demonstrating 6 categories of light: highlight, light, shadow, core of shadow, reflected light, cast shadow

Midterm grades

8-Oct Exploration of line quality and variation
10-Oct Combining line and value
Homework One 18×24 drawing on 70lb paper in charcoal or pencil/graphite, Landscape using mix of line and value and your choice of technique (hatching, cross hatching, or continuous tone)

15-Oct Fall Break – no class
17-Oct Intro to color: basic theory
Homework Color charts

22-Oct Sketching with color
23-Oct Last Day to Withdraw
24-Oct Using a limited palette
Homework 10 color sketches of your choice in your sketchbook (still-life or landscape or interior space)

29-Oct Intro to drawing humans
31-Oct Intro to portraiture
Homework One 18×24 drawing on 70lb paper and pencil or charcoal, a Self-Portrait demonstrating use of line and value, varied-mark making, and a well-thought out composition – What emotion or idea can you convey in this drawing?

5-Nov Color and Expression – still-life and interior space
7-Nov Color and Expression – people and landscape
Homework One 18×24 drawing on 70lb paper TBD

12-Nov Final Drawing Planning: thumbnails and gestures
14-Nov Final Drawing
Homework TBD

19-Nov Final Drawing
21-Nov Final Drawing
Homework Finish Final Drawing if not done in class

26-Nov Last Day of Class: Final Drawing Critique
28-Nov Thanksgiving Break – no class

13-Dec Final grades due

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