AR150 Drawing I

for FA 2011

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AR 150 Drawing I


FA 2011 HO


Lee, Andrea K.


Adjunct Faculty


B.F.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6263 (School of Arts and Humanities)


Semester Dates

Fall 2011

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 11:50 AM

Credit Hours



There are no required textbooks for this course. See handout with list of required materials and supplies.

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Course Description:
AR150 Drawing I(GE): In introduction to drawing as the artists first and most basic skill, as a way of seeing and solving problems and as a means of personal expression that anyone can learn. The techniques of drawing in line and value (overall shading) in a variety of media (graphite, charcoal and ink) are covered. Subject matter includes still life. Landscape, portraiture, and linear perspective. 1:5:3

Course Objectives:

This introductory course is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop foundational drawing skills.   Students will be encouraged to explore technique and expand basic drawing skills in different media such as pencil, ink and charcoal.  Formal, visual concepts such as line, value, shading and linear perspective will be covered.  Subject matter such as still life, portraiture and landscape will also be included.  Focus will be on representational reality, but will also include working from imagination.    

Class Format:

This is a three credit hour class - studio art courses meet for six hours per week.  The majority of class time will be spent drawing, but students will also be expected to work on projects outside of class.  

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Use both contour line and value (overall shading) to produce the illusion of three-dimensionality on the flat surface of the paper.
  2. Practice correct use of the principles of linear perspective
  3. Produce architectural images in both one-point and two-point perspective of both imaginary and observed architectural settings.
  4. Employ traditional sighting tools such as view finders and angle gauges to both analyze subjects and design compositions.
  5. Portray both organic and inorganic subjects.
  6. Demonstrate a basic level of skill in a variety of drawing media and techniques.
  7. Apply the principles of abstraction to produce more dynamic and personal images.
  8. Critique their own drawings and their classmates' in appropriate professional language

Core Assessment:

The Final Drawing Portfolio (30%), a suite of ten (10) specified drawings from the later part of the semester.

Class Assessment:

Course Requirements and Grading:

There will be three major assignments, each worth 30 points, which is 30 percent of your final grade.  Students will keep an ongoing sketchbook throughout the semester, which will be worked on outside of class.  Students will also submit a midterm portfolio of drawings, as well as a final portfolio.  Participation in the class, including the required attendance, is worth 10 points.  Students must complete all sections of the class in order to receive credit for the course. 

Sketch book  – 30 points

Midterm portfolio of drawings – 30 points

Final portfolio of drawings– 30 points

Participation and attendance– 10 points

Total Points Possible: 100 







Grading Scale:

90-100 points: A- to A,  Excellent

80-90 points:   B- to B+, Above Average

70-80 points:   C- to C+, Average

60-70 points:   D- to D+, Below Average

0-60   points:   F, Failing grade

Primary grading criteria is based on student portfolios, which should demonstrate serious commitment to artistic development, and increased technical expertise (including formal issues).   Additionally, students are required to keep a sketchbook throughout the semester.   Some assignments for sketchbook projects will be provided, while others are more open ended.  This assignment is intended to be a useful tool in your journey as an artist, and should be regarded as a thoughtful record of your development in art.

Along with individual sessions with the instructor, there will be three group critiques with the class.  Critiques are a standard component to professional art education.  Critiques are designed to provide 1) opportunities for students to discuss ideas about the direction of their work, 2) an environment where students can receive feedback about their art, and 3) a forum to discuss broader issues in art.  All students are expected to participate in critiques. Opportunities for feedback are not limited to formal critiques – instructor is also available during class for technical advice.  Midterm and final portfolio reviews will be individual sessions with the instructor to discuss work.   Throughout the semester we may have occasional slide lectures and discussions related to topics.     

Participation and Attendance:   Attendance is an important part of your grade.  Please arrive on time to class and be prepared to work. Ten percent of the final grade is based on class participation, which includes attendance, participation in class and completion of all assignments.  Each missed class will result in the deduction on one participation point. Tardiness may effect this portion of the grade, with three late arrivals counting as an absence.  Other participation such as discussion in critiques, is also considered and contributes to this portion of the grade.    

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Please turn in assignments on time. Late assignments will be down-graded. Turning in midterm or final portfolios will result in the deduction of a full letter grade.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are required to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of the learning environment.  Please refrain from cell phone use, texting and other disruptive behavior in our class.  

Material Usage, Storage and Disposal

Students are required to clean up after themselves.  Please clear your studio area after each work session, and be respectful of the fact that we share studio space with many other classes.    Students must handle, store and dispose of art materials in a safe manner that is in accordance with both state laws and university policy.    Most of the materials required for this course do not create fumes, but we all must be considerate of others and the studio environment.  If you have questions about materials, please ask!   

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Week 1                      M  8/15:  Introduction, Overview, Syllabus, Class Requirements

(Aug. 15-19)              W  8/17: Drawing Studio: Origins



Week 2                    M 8/22:  Drawing Studio: Fundamentals: Line

(Aug. 22-26)            W 8/24:  Drawing Studio: Line and Contour            


Week 3         M 8/29: Drawing Studio: Value, Shading

(Aug. 29-31)             W 8/31: Drawing Studio: Volume, Texture, Shape              

Week 4               M 9/05:  Labor Day Holiday – No Class
 (Sept. 5-9)                  W 9/07: Drawing Studio: Still Life, Representational Reality


Week 5                       M 9/12: Drawing Studio Sketchbooks due (weeks 1-4)

(Sept. 12-16)              W 9/14:  Drawing Studio: Still Life, Gesture and Expression   

Week 6                        M 9/19: Drawing Studio: Still Life

(Sept. 19-23)     W 9/21: Drawing Studio- Group Critique


Week 7                       M 9/26: Drawing Studio: Still Life, Portraiture
(Sept. 5-9)                  W 9/28: Drawing Studio: Portraiture  


Week 8                       M 10/03: Midterm Portfolio Reviews

(Oct. 3-7)                   W  10/05: Midterm Portfolio Reviews


Week 9               M 10/10: Drawing Studio: Portraiture  

(Oct. 10-14)                 W 10/12: Drawing Studio: Fundamentals: Color


Week 10             M 10/17: Drawing Studio: Landscape and Nature

(Oct. 17-21)               W 10/19: Drawing Studio: Landscape and Nature


Week 11                     M 10/24: Drawing Studio: Landscape 

(Oct. 24-26)            W 10/26: Drawing Studio- Group Critique


Week 12                M 10/31: Drawing Studio: Linear Perspective

(Oct. 31-Nov.4) W 11/02: Drawing Studio, Sketchbooks due

Week 13                   M 11/07: Drawing Studio - Linear Perspective

 (Nov. 7-11)              W 11/09: Drawing Studio-Linear Perspective


Week 14                     M 11/14: Drawing Studio-Linear Perspective

(Nov. 14-18)              W 11/16: Drawing Studio: Imagination and Creativity



Week 15                     M 11/21: Drawing Studio- Group Critique

(Nov. 21-25)               W 11/23: Drawing Studio: Imagination and Creativity

              (Thanksgiving Day 11/24-Have a happy holiday!) 

Week 16                     M 11/28: Final Critiques (Final portfolio and sketchbooks due)

(Nov. 28-Dec. 2)       W 11/30: Final Critiques (Final portfolio and sketchbooks due)

Finals Week

(Dec. 5-9)                  M 12/5 No Final Exam for this class. 

*This is a general guideline.  Some dates may be subject to change

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 "F".
  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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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