AR350 Drawing III

for SP 2008

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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

Office Location

Alumni Hall, 3rd floor, Room 31

Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday mornings: 9:00-12:00 and other times by appointment

Daytime Phone

Office: 816-584-6457

Other Phone

Home; 913-384-4419


Semester Dates

January 14-May 9, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

1:00 - 3:40 PM


AR251: Drawing II or equivalent

Credit Hours


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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Course Description:
Continuation of AR251.  An advanced level drawing course stressing increasing mastery of media, technique, composition and personal expression.   (All levels of drawing beyond AR150 are taught concurrently).  Prerequisite: AR 251. 1:5:3

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.

Students considering 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”!


Educational Philosophy:

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

  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.

Group 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.

            Attendance/participation               10%                                                90 –100  = A

            4 Outside Projects                         40   (10% x 4)                                80 –  89  = B

           Mid-term Portfolio                           25                                                    70 --  79  = C

            Final Portfolio                                25                                                     60 --  69  = D

                                                            __________                                          Below 59  = F

                                                                  100 %

            Extra credit is worth a potential 10%.                                                                                                

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 down.

Late work will be accepted but will automatically be lowered one letter grade.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Rules of Conduct---Studio Management:

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.

Studio 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.

Studio 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.

Studio 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 stairwell.  

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!  (A  LOT of paper!)

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Tues.  Jan. 15  Introduction
   Thurs.  Jan. 17  First drawing session with model.
   Mon.  Jan. 21  
Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Sat.           Feb. 3         
Valerie Doran Bashaw Exhibit opens
in the  Campanella Gallery.  Mixed media and fiber.
 Tues.  Feb. 5  First Outside Assignment due for critique.
 Tues.  Feb. 26  Second Outside Assignment due for critique.

 Fri.  Feb. 29  

"The Body: Revealed"  opens at Union            Station.



 4 & 6                                  
Mid-Term Week:  Individual Critiques

Spring Break
- Donna in NYC
(Val Doran show closes in Campanella on 14th.) 

 Week   Nine
Tues.    March 18

"George Rousis: Transitions in Fe & other Sculptural Elements"  exhibit opens in the Campanella.   Metal sculpture.
 Tues.  April 1  Third Outside Assignment due for critique.
 Tues.  April 8  

"The Body: Revealed" Union Station,
 tickets provided.
 Tues.  April 22  
Fourth Outside Assignment
 due for critique.

             Fri.      April 25  
George Rousis exhibit ends. 

 Mon.   April 28  
Senior Exhibits open in the
Campanella Gallery
May 1

 Last day of class.
Tues. &
May 6 & 8

Individual Final Critiques
from 1:00-3:00 

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 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 85
The 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.

  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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
MY 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: .


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