AR 350: Drawing III
SP 2008 HO
Donna G. Bachmann
Professor of Art; Chair, Department of Art and Design
M.F.A. University of Missouri-Columbia, M.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City, B.F.A. Kansas City Art Institute
Alumni Hall, 3rd floor, Room 31
Tuesday & Thursday mornings: 9:00-12:00 and other times by appointment
January 14-May 9, 2008
1:00 - 3:40 PM
AR251: Drawing II or equivalent
Textbook: There is no text book for this course but a variety of reference works and handouts will be provided in the studio.
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About this course: Drawing II, III & IV are advanced drawing classes emphasizing the study of the nude
figure. Drawing is the artist’s
first and most basic skill.
Drawing is how artists think. The human figure provides the most relevant subject matter
and an infinite variety of abstract relationships. Drawing is accumulative and life long process. It is also a learnable skill that
nearly any motivated person can develop. Artists need to draw in the same way
athletes need to train and musicians need to practice.
Most of our class sessions will focus almost entirely on the
discipline of studying the figure directly and working to restate our
perception and understanding of the figure on the paper. The drawing becomes an
analog for our comprehension. We
will have frequent, brief informal group critiques to allow us to follow each
other’s progress and at Mid-term and Finals, individual, private one-on-one critiques. I will do drawing demonstrations for
the class but most of my instruction will be individual, one-on-one. And I’ll sometimes draw on your
drawings. I plan at least one off-campus field trip.
graduate school should know that their entrance portfolios must demonstrate
strong drawing skills. Students
planning to become professional designers
should know that skill in drawing will give them an enormous advantage
over competitors who can only
manipulate type and other people’s photographs, or (shudder) use clip “art”!
My educational philosophy
regarding the studio arts is based on the primacy of: Intensive studio practice---art is labor intensive; the creative process of play, that is the necessity
of experimenting openly and in unorthodox directions---which involves craftsmanship; and critical thinking, art as an intellectual endeavor.
I engage each student in an
ongoing discussion about their ideas and their work. Through each assignment and project and through successive
semesters, I try to provide the stimulus and support that will help build each
individual student’s skill, confidence and portfolio.
Course Objectives. The objective of this second semester of drawing from the nude model is to substantially improve our ability to see the
figure, understand the figure and produce drawings that reflect that greater perception
and knowledge. We will work to
expand our repertoire of drawing techniques and media building on the foundation acquired in AR251.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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
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.
and Individual Critiques---both the
formal scheduled ones, and the frequent informal ones---are discussions based
on directly viewing and responding to and analyzing your own and others’
drawings. In critique we try to
figure out how a particular drawing succeeds and how it can be improved. (They
can all be improved.)
Sketch books: I urge
you to carry a sketch book. Find
the right size and take it everywhere to draw whatever you see, think or
feel---a visual diary. Then when
ideas for paintings or other projects present themselves, you can do something about them and return to that sketch or
idea another time. I am prepared
to offer generous extra credit for good, current sketch books.
90 –100 = A
Outside Projects 40 (10% x 4) 80 – 89 = B
Mid-term Portfolio 25
70 -- 79 = C
Portfolio 25 60 -- 69 = D
59 = F
credit is worth a
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Submission of Course
Materials (art 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
Late work will be
accepted but will automatically be lowered one letter grade.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Classroom Rules of
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
Maintainance: As always in Alumni
Hall the rule is: CLEAN UP AFTER
YOURSELF! Take special care of our
antique plumbing. Do not pour paint
or glue down the sink. Scrape this
stuff into the trash. This is a
communal studio. Please take care
of the space and respect each others work areas and works in progress.
Availability: This studio is available to you 24
hours, 7 days per week. Your name will be placed on
the Art Dept.’s Security List for this building. After hours call campus security (584-6444) to be admitted to Alumni Hall. Be prepared to show your Park ID and to
cooperate with campus security officers at all times.
Storage: Each student should claim a flat file drawer and clearly
label it with her/his name and “Spring 08”. Some large lockers are available in the back hallway and
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! (A LOT of paper!)
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
Plagiarism: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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85The above are Park's official policies regarding academic honesty and plagiarism. Fortunately, honesty in the studio is seldom and issue. Of course, you must not turn in any work which you did not do.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88MY ATTENDANCE POLICY: Of the 30 class sessions scheduled for this course you will be allowed three (3) cuts (10%) without penalty. I do not attempt to differentiate between good reasons and bad for your not being here. Stuff does happen. If you are not here, you are absent. With a fourth absence your final grade will be lowered one full letter grade. Exceptions to this policy will only be negotiable in extreme circumstances (family deaths, hospitalizations, etc.)
ATHLETES: Please provide me with a list of the specific class dates that you anticipate needing to miss due to games, signed by your coach, by the second week of the semester (Jan. 22). With this information we can attempt to make arrangements to compensate you for missed class time in excess of the three allowed cuts.
Providing me with this information is mandatory and your responsibility to provide.
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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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