WSSU Drawing I – Syllabus

Schedule and Projects

Materials List



Fall 2019 ART 1311_01/02, Credit: 3 hrs

Meets: TR 8:00 am – 9:45 am (1hr 45min/studio time), Fine Arts Building 218

Instructor: Jessica Singerman | Email: [email protected]
Office Hours by appointment

* Check class schedule every week for important announcements and communications

Course description

This course provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the art of drawing, focusing on the mastery of traditional skills as the basis for expressive drawing. The course offers an introduction to the range of subjects, media, and techniques that provide a framework for developing individual ideas and approaches, with expression as the goal. Each class will be structured to explore new drawing ideas and then evaluate student progress. Explorations will take lectures, handout, discussions, planning, sketching and completing finished drawings. Students are expected to actively participate both in the class and when practicing at home.


The objective of this course is to create a highly concentrated experience of drawing. This class is designed to encourage the beginning student as well as provide new perspectives for more experienced artists. Every student must engage in the fundamental aspects of drawing to build an adequate foundation and be prepared for the next level of art study and earn credit for this class. Each student will examine various techniques and concepts of drawing and by learning and practicing these approaches, each student is encouraged to learn about the craft of drawing, the work of seeing, and the challenge of creatively expressing yourself through art.

Course requirement
1. COURSE TEXTBOOK: No textbook required.
* You must bring all art supplies in the second day of class
* Drawing materials are a requirement of the class, not a recommendation. Without the materials, you cannot participate in any class activity. Without your materials, you will fail this class. Students are responsible for bringing all materials. This class does not provide any materials for students.

Required Art Supplies can be purchased at the WSSU bookstore, AC Moore, or Michael’s.

See Materials List

Grades (100% possible)
Homework Projects (10 points possible each – see Rubric for details): 80%

Final Drawing: 10%

Class Participation and Critique: 10%

Grading scale (100% possible)

A: 100%-93%

A-: 92%-90%

B+: 89%-87%

B: 86%-83%

B-: 82%-80%

C+: 79%-77%

C: 76%-73%

C-: 72%-70%

D+: 69%-67%

D: 66%-63%

D-: 62%-60%

F: below 60

* Late work : -10pt per class day late. Late work is accepted for 1 week after the due date, NO LATER.

Attendance guidelines

  1. FAIL: After 8 unexcused absences, the student will fail in this class.
  2. The 3 times late/leave early = 1 absence policy is for up to 15 minutes. Beyond 15 minutes, you will be counted as absent. See number 3 below.
  3.  Late arrival/early departure policy: If you arrive late/leave early by more than 15 minutes, you will be counted as absent for that class.
  4. Unexcused absence: late, over-sleeping, missing the bus, court dates, car problems, child care conflicts, and other non-emergency situations.
  5. Excused absences: death in the family, school sponsored sports activities, job interviews, doctor’s note, health problems that prohibit attendance (with a doctor’s note). First you need to email me ([email protected]) before the scheduled class. Then bring your official document in to the next class after your excused absence. Your excused absence will not affect your grade.

Accommodations for students with disabilities

Students with a documented disability must contact the WSSU Disability Services Office each semester to receive consideration for any accommodations in this course. All accommodations are coordinated through the WSSU Department of Disability Services. You may contact the Department of Disability Services by email at [email protected] If you have registered in a previous semester, continuation is not automatic. Action is required on your part. Please contact [email protected] to continue your accommodations. Accommodations are not retroactive.

Accessibility statement 2017

Students with ADA/504-documented physical, sensory, psychological, emotional or medical impairments may be eligible for reasonable accommodations. Veterans may also be eligible for support services. All accommodations are initiated through the WSSU Department of Disability Services and not your instructors. You may
contact the Department of Disability Services by email at [email protected] If you have registered in a previous semester, continuation is NOT automatic. Action is required. Please contact [email protected] to continue your accommodations. Most accommodations are not retroactive.

University policy and regulations

All students are responsible for making themselves aware of and abide by all university policies and regulations stated in the university catalog available on the WSSU website. I suggest you review the following university policies below links.

Student responsibility for coursework


  1. If students use their phone, the instructor will ask you to put it on the counter by the classroom door and pick it up after the class. If the request is ignored, you will be asked to leave the classroom because of class interruption and will be checked as 1 absence.

No calls. No texting. No checking emails. No internet. No music. No headphones.

  1. Students are expected to attend class and to work in class.
  2. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 1-6 hours per week working outside of class.
  3. Students are expected to submit all assignments by deadlines.

Department of art + visual studies attendance policy

Art courses in particular depend heavily on attendance. Studio and lab courses meet for longer blocks of time than lecture courses in other disciplines; they are comparable to science labs in terms of the necessity to be present in a specific environment with specific equipment in order to complete the required work. Students actively participate in demonstrations, create art and work on projects during class periods. Students are also expected to regularly participate in discussions and critiques. Your regular and prompt attendance in class will facilitate the successful completion of projects. In other words, if you are consistently late to class, or miss multiple classes—regardless of the excuse—you will have a difficult time finishing projects to the satisfaction of the instructor. This will adversely impact the grade that you will earn in the course. Any student who must miss class due to participation in an approved university event must notify the instructor in advance in order to be excused, and to arrange for the make- up of required work. Please remember that it is always the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor of an absence and ensure that all make-up work is submitted promptly. Absences, even excused ones, do not exempt you from turning in work. Beyond official university excuses, the instructor of each course has the discretion to excuse absences and provide a guideline for the make-up of work. Typically, circumstances such as a serious and verifiable illness, or a death in the family, will be excused absences—but scheduled medical appointments, court dates, car problems, child care conflicts, and other non-emergency situations DO NOT constitute absences that will be excused. Students must provide a copy of written documentation in order for their absence to be excused. Excuses for scheduled absences must be submitted in advance. Students should inform the instructor of absences due to unforeseen circumstances ASAP via email or phone; documentation for emergency absences must be submitted on the day the student returns to campus. Additionally, all students should conduct themselves with courtesy, respect and professional deportment in the classroom at all times. The use of cell phones/electronic devices in any way is prohibited unless specific permission has been granted.

General education critical thinking course (student learning outcome)

This course can be used to fulfill a university General Education Critical Thinking requirement. Course assignments are designed so students will identify and solve creative problems and be able to discuss them with their peers. Through the critique process students will analyze visual work and verbally express their interpretation of it in the context of the artist intent and their own knowledge of the media and art history. In the process of evaluating work students will present clear evidence of their understanding of each assignment and it’s intend. Identifying, analyzing, interpreting and drawing substantive conclusions presented to the student in the form of creative projects is at the core of this course.
*Important Note
Every student taking this course as a part of their General education curriculum should have spoken with their adviser before registering to make sure it is suitable for your major.

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