Syllabus: Intermediate Drawing
Building on the skills gained in Introduction to Drawing, this course is designed to further your observational drawing abilities while also helping you develop an expanded sense of what drawing can be. Starting from the simple line drawings and evolving into experiments with mixed media and sculptural drawing, your task will be to hone your drawing skills while also beginning to develop a sense of what interests and sustains you as a drawer and as an artist more broadly. You will be asked to revisit and solidify your understanding of basics like value, perspective and composition and use those skills to create compelling and fully realized works of art that move beyond the fundamentals.
In tackling these tasks, you will combine visual thinking and drawing, allowing one to inform the other and using each to understand the other more thoroughly. Through revisiting and reconsidering foundational drawing skills you will expand your visual vocabulary, observing, responding to, reinterpreting and reinventing the world around you. Throughout this evolution, I will ask you to consider constantly the call and response between the artist and her or his environment, using a variety of senses and approaches to drive the art-making practice.
Each class period will begin with review and critique of the previous week’s homework, occasionally followed by a drawing-based warm up exercise. This will generally be followed by lecture/discussion/image viewing, introducing the new techniques and concepts that will be used in the upcoming exercises and homework assignment. The bulk of the class period will be devoted to studio time, including demonstration and discussion when necessary. Students are also expected to keep a sketchbook ,which should be filled with compositional studies, observations/notes on watercolor, doodles, texture samples etc.
COURSE WEBSITE: All assignments will be posted here in detail, so it is essential that students check the website regularly. Schedule and assignments listed here take precedence over the paper syllabus provided at the beginning of the semester.
Class participation + attendance – 30%
Homework Assignments – 35%
Final Project + Portfolio Review – 25%
Sketchbook – 5%
Paper (exhibition review) – 5%
Several extra credit assignments will be offered throughout the semester, equal to around 5% of the total points possible in the course. Most likely these will be exhibitions or events, and will require a written response for credit.
Late work: Assignments must be turned in on time and critiqued with the class to receive full credit. Late work will be evaluated, but will loose credit accordingly (One letter grade/week). Work that is more than three weeks late will not be accepted without prior arrangement and exceptional circumstances. However, lateness of work will not affect the final portfolio grade, so it’s worth catching up if you fall behind!
Participation in discussions, studio time and critiques is a course requirement and will be included in your grade. By “participation”, I mean that you are alert, focused and responsive in relation to your work, your peers and me. Lateness, absences and lack of preparation for class activities will adversely affect your participation grade. More than three absences will result in a failing grade for the course. Attendance is taken at the beginning of each class, so if you arrive late it is your job to notify me so that you are not marked absent (without interrupting class, please). In summary, be resourceful, commit to your work, communicate with me and with your classmates and it will be a good semester!
Also: please keep all major assignments (in good condition!) through the course of the semester. Selected assignments will be reviewed as a group at the end of the semester.
Contacting me: Email is the best way to contact me outside of class time. Please also cc Laura, and include the course name (Intermediate Drawing) in the subject line of your email. Give me a full description of your question/issue in legible (not text message-style!) language. I will use the email address you provide in the survey form to communicate with you.
Finally, I am required to notify you that CUNY has a strict policy against academic dishonesty, including plagiarism. Any act of academic dishonesty will be dealt with by applying the most stringent penalties permitted. Cheating includes but is not limited to receiving help during exams and submitting homework without properly acknowledging persons who assisted you. Please review the Policy on Academic Integrity posted on the CUNY website with URL: http://www1.cuny.edu/portal_ur/content/2004/policies/image/policy.pdf
Course Learning Objectives:
- Improved skills and facility in working from observation, including rendering mass, volume & perspective through multiple techniques, combining these elements to create an integrated work of art.
- Employ the fundamentals of visual problem solving, including traditional compositional strategies and experimental approaches.
- Develop personal artistic vision through explorations of individualized mark-making, content and aesthetic sensibility.
- Appreciate the place of drawing (both experimental/expanded and traditional) in the artistic practice and the larger art world, both historically and in the contemporary moment.
- Develop vocabulary and increased comfort level with discussing drawing in a critical setting, including ability to articulate one’s own approach and conceptual basis.