AR350 Drawing III

for SP 2007

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AR 350 Drawing III


SP 2007 HO


Trevis Martin


Adjunct Faculty


M.F.A.  University of Missouri, Columbia 2002
B.A. Park University 1996

Office Location

Alumni Hall, Room 31

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone

816 695 2109


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Semester Dates

01/16/07 to 05/10/07

Class Days


Class Time

1:00 - 3:40 PM


Drawing II

Credit Hours



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Course Description:
An introduction to drawing the human figure in action and repose. Gesture, anatomy and the figure in an environment are studied in a range of media. PREREQUISITE:  AR150. 1:5:3

Educational Philosophy:
“Talent,” whatever that may be, is not central to learning how to draw.  Someone may have a talent for swimming and take to water like a fish.  That doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t learn to swim well with practice and instruction.  Art is about engagement, desire and heart, everything else is a skill and can be learned.  Artistic craft is learned through intensive studio practice that is intellectually as well as physically demanding.  I provide an engaging ongoing conversation with students about their ideas and work that assists them in building their craft, their judgement,  their confidence and their portfolio

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Produce rapid gesture studies of the figure suggesting motion.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of anatomy, the illusion of volume and the fall of light on form in a series of longer figure studies.
  3. Use an expanding repertoire of drawing techniques employing both line and value.
  4. Work in a variety of drawing media including charcoal, graphite, conte and ink.
  5. Critique his/her own drawings and other drawings using professional language.
  6. Work with greater authority with other subjects such as still-life, landscape, portraiture and the use of linear perspective.
  7. Develop stronger compositions through an understanding of the abstract relationships at work in any image regardless of style.
  8. Demonstrate increased ability to see and to draw in a substantial portfolio of drawings.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
You will be graded on the quality of your drawings and the progress they demonstrate over the course of the semester.  This class combines three different class sections; students enrolled in the higher sections are subject to higher grading standards than students enrolled in AR251.

Four Outside Drawing Projects.  Four very diverse drawing problems will be assigned this semester for work outside of class.  Please be prepared to invest a substantial amount of time and effort on these projects.  Approximately a week before each is due (see the class calendar for dates) preliminary studies/work in progress will be due for critique/discussion.  This aspect will be worth about 15% of the project grade.
The completed works should be considered finished works of art, not studies; and therefore portfolio pieces. They must be sprayed with fixative (if necessary), hinge- matted and clearly signed. 
After the original critique/grade it is possible to rework, revise or redo two of the four projects for re-evaluation at Mid-term or Final Portfolio without any penalty.  Creativity demands risk taking and I want you to be willing to make mistakes.

Mid-Term and Final Portfolios and Critiques:
At least a week ahead of time, a list of the specific drawings due (usually between 10 to12) from the previous weeks’ class work will be provided.   Therefore, save ALL your class drawings so that you will have the maximum from which to choose.  One figurative work per portfolio must be hinge-matted. 

All work must be clearly signed, with the date and the amount of time spent on it clearly indicated, neatly cut from the tablet and sprayed with fixative if needed.

A sign up sheet for specific time slots for your private, individual critiques will be posted at least a week prior to Mid-Term and Finals weeks.  At this critique you will present to me your prepared portfolios and any sketch books or outside projects you have reworked or revised.  These discussions will probably take about 15 minutes each.

Sketchbook    20%
Outside Projects         30%
Mid-term portfolio        20%
Final portfolio        30%

100 – 90    A
89 – 80    B
79 – 70    C
69 – 60     D
Below 60    F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of portfolios or assignments is not possible except under extreme circumstances.  Please discuss any such circumstances with me.  I am the final arbiter of whether I will accept late work.Assignments are due for group and individual critiques at the specified dates/times.  When you or your work are not present for critique, you are letting your classmates down.  Late work will be accepted but will automatically be lowered one letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1.) Be there.  Be on time.  This is a class of participation.  If you aren’t there I can’t help you.

2.) Tardiness: This class begins promptly at 1:00.  At 1:05 the studio will be locked  since only students enrolled in a life drawing class are permitted to be present.  It is very distracting to everyone and inconsiderate to the model for students to keep arriving after the first poses have begun.  If you are late, you’ll have to wait until the first 5 minute break  (probably at 1:30) to be admitted. (And you will be missing the best fast gesture studies). Three tardies equals an absence

3.) Be Prepared.  Have your supplies by the appropriate time and make sure they are with you in class.

4.) Our class, like most art classes in American institutions meet ‘double time.’  For each 3 credit hours 6 hours of class time are scheduled and work outside of class is expected. 

5.) Studio Regulations:  This is a communal studio space.  There are a lot of people who meet here.  Respect each others space, work and equipment.  CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF.  Take special care of the antique plumbing.  Don't pour paint, plaster or glue down the sink, put it in the trash.

6.) Studio Storage: You may claim a flat file drawer to chare with another student.  Small lockers are available in the sink room and cabinet/drawer lockers are also available.  These must also be shared with another student. Please label your storage clearly with your name and “Spring 06.”  Large Lockers are reserved for the painters.

7.) Art Supplies:  The studio fee you paid at registration is used to partly subsidize  the expense of hiring professional models for this class.  The fee does not provide any art materials.  You are responsible for providing all your art supplies.  A  conservative estimate is 20 sketches/drawings per class  x  30 class sessions = 600 drawings!

8.) Studio Access:  You have 24 hour, 7 day per week acces to this studio space.  You are even welcome to work during other class times.  After add/drop , your name will be placed on the security list for this building.  When you leave, PLEASE, turn off lights and fans (the breaker box is labeled and is behind the door) and shut the windows.  To get in after the building is locked, call security (6444).  Please be prepared to show you Park University I.D. and to cooperate with Park security staff at all times.

9.) Matting your drawings.  A minimum of six drawings (to be specified) are required to be turned  in for critique in hinged matts. You may buy these or make them. A good professional quality matt cutter and table are set up in the classroom next door for your use. Straight and beveled cutters are available  and  blades are provided by the art department.  You must supply your own matt  board, backing boards and hinging tape.

10.) Studio Safety:  Spray Fixative and spray paints in general, MUST NOT be used anywhere in Alumni Hall.  These products can only be used outside for adequate ventilation.  I recommend the west side of the building.
Although I do not anticipate their use in this class, all solvents must be kept in the bright yellow fire proof cabinet.  Never pour solvents down the drain.  Used solvents are to be disposed of in the special red storage can inside the yellow cabinet.   I do not anticipate their use in this course but using any power tool requires training, goggles AND a buddy.

Information about the safety of art supplies can be found in the large notebook just outside the office and in the reference book with it.

The principle hazard in any studio class is the danger of cutting oneself with an X-acto knife.  ALWAYS USE A STEEL RULER WHEN WORKING WITH AN X-ACTO KNIFE! In the even of an accident use the studio phone to call security (6444) for assistance.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89
It's nearly impossible to cheat in a drawing class.  Still I expect all your work to be your own.  If you invent a way to really cheat and I catch you, you will fail the course.

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
My attendence policy is as follows:  Roll will be taken at the beginning of each class.  You are allowed 3 cuts without penalty.  On the fourth cut will lower your grade by one letter.  You will be held responsible for any material covered in your absence.

Athletes: By the end of the second week, please turn in a list of specific class sessions you anticipate needing to cut, signed by your coach.  With that information it might be possible to make plans to compensate you for the missed time.  Providing this information is mandatory.  It is your responsibility to provide it.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

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