Syllabus for Drawing & Painting

Drawing & Painting I – 2008 -2009                   Ms. Miller, Rose                 Room 217

The following is a brief and tentative schedule for the semester. Please be open to changes, but be careful and attentive to deadlines when they are assigned. If you have any questions or concerns about the following, please don’t hesitate to speak with me. I expect a lot out of you during the semester, and I intend to help you become better drawers and artists. Formal oral and written critiques will be included in the major projects and informal critiques will be part of the exercises. 1/4 of your grade will be based on participation, 1/4 will be based on your sketchbooks and 1/2 will be based upon the projects you complete and tests.

Course Descriptionstudents will develop their observation and accuracy skills as they progress through a variety of classroom assignments such as still life drawings, perspective drawings, portraiture, figure drawing, and landscapes paintings. A wide range of drawing and painting media may be used: such as graphite, charcoal, India ink, pastel, oil pastel, color pencils, watercolor and acrylic (or tempera). Students will continue to develop compositional understanding by applying the elements and principles of design to their sketches/drawings. A variety of artists will be studied as students discover how they are relevant in art history and to the individual student’s work.

Why Draw or Paint?

·        Drawing is the essential and very basic part of art production

·        Drawing & Painting develops hand and eye coordination, which, in turn, makes your drawings more accurate

·        Drawing & Painting trains us to really ‘see’ and become better observers of the world around us

·        Drawing can be the end product by itself, or it can be the catalyst to a further artwork

·        Drawing & Painting helps us to transfer our ideas from our brains to a physical, visual space we can change and manipulate

Course ObjectivesThe skills you should walk away with after this semester will include:

·        rendering observed objects and spaces accurately

·        efficiently using various drawing materials

·        using accurate perspective in a real life space

·        using shading intricately

·        depicting correct proportions on faces and figures

·        creating interesting compositions

·        rendering details, texture and reflections

·        using all of the above to create your own self-expressive drawings/ paintings

·        Knowledge & usage of color theory

·        using all of the above to draw from your imagination

   1. Basic Drawing Exercises·   Vase/ Face drawing, upside down drawing, negative space drawing, contour line drawing, etc. ·         A 9 step value scale (paint). Recreate the scale on a 3” scale (pencil).

·        Become familiar with terms such as: Highlight, Light, Shadow, Core of Shadow, Shadow, Reflected Light and Cast Shadow -  the 7 basic parts of a shadow (hard edged division)

·        Drawing of at lease three different shapes: sphere, cube, cone, pyramid, etc.

2. Review of Elements and Principles

·   Textbook Review of Definitions of Elements and Principles

·   Chiaroscuro – Light and Dark and it’s relationship to seeing form.

·   Color Wheel Quiz

·   Color Theory and Color Schemes

·   Introduction to the 4 step process of written and oral critiquing


3. OP Art Sphere

·   An introduction to the OP (Optical Painting) -Artist Victor Vasarely (and other OP artists)

·   Consistency in the use of colored pencils (maybe paint) – 3 colors

·   Consistency in the use of a ruler and compass for measuring and drawing

·   Positive and negative space understanding

·   Use of eyes to eyeball the curves of perspective

4. Grid Portrait

·Chuck Close and his use of the grid to plan out and execute a black and white portrait

·Additional contemporary and historical artists that have used the grid (and other devices) to plan a drawing and/or artwork

·Summarizing the black and white combinations from one square to an even (one value) tone

*Additional sub sequential assignment [at later date- if time permits]

Acrylic Self-Portrait

  • Using preparatory drawings and grid method for layout of composition.
  • Cartooning (underpainting)
  • Glazing and all other techniques which will be demonstrated (time permitting)

5. Still Life

·   Drawing in colored pencil on illustration board

·   Contour Drawing

·   Cross  Hatching  Contour

·   Accurate proportions

·   Use of viewfinder

·   Positive and Negative Space

·   Complex and unique still life in center of drawing room

·   Using viewfinder, create a number of interesting compositions to develop your final idea from

·   Choosing from one of your rough drawings, decide upon a final composition for your colored pencil drawing.

·   Referencing artists from the past and present, look at how they have used the genre of still life to create strong and dynamic artworks.

6. Human Figure

·   Major skeletal sections - head, torso, pelvis and legs, arms and shoulders

·   1 1/2 weeks - hands and feet, contour and outline, blending

·   3 Days - Cloth & how it folds over the figure

·   proportion of figure

·   Gestural Drawing

·   facial features

  • Full body drawing with student model

7. Landscape/Architecture  - Watercolor

·   Review of one and two point perspective and atmospheric perspective.

·   Study of Richard Estes and other photorealists as well as other artists that have chosen cityscapes and landscapes as their genre. Edward Hopper and other American Regionalists will also be studied.

·   Working outside (weather pending) we will work up a number of preliminary drawings that explore composition.

·   Using the preliminary drawings as our guide, we will decide upon a final composition and work it up in studio and outdoors.

·         Transparent painting - Dry brush work; dabs, stipples; wet brush work, washes (even washes, graded washes)

·         Blending and layering colors

·         Blocking out using a masking fluid, or rubber cement.

·         Plein Air painting – painting outside