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?
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22-Aug Mark making, contour drawing, blind contour (Intro to materials)
Homework 5 contour drawings in sketchbook using pencil. You should start each drawing loosely to feel out the shape and space of the object you’re drawing. Work from general to specific, starting with simple geometric forms and working your way to more subtle shapes. Break down curves into a series of lines. Once you have started to figure out the shape with lightly drawn lines, build on that using line to describe the edges of the object as carefully as possible.

Don’t forget to grade yourself! Once you have finished all 5 drawings, take an honest look at your work, and grade yourself from 0-10 points. Use the RUBRIC as a guideline.

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 – CAREER FAIR IS TODAY 12:00 – 3:00 PM
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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