About ARTS 001 A

Introductory study of visual experience through drawing and its transformation of the three-dimensional visual world onto a two-dimensional surface. Emphasis varies with Instructor.


$95 lab fee; AHST, ARTE, SART majors; AHST, ARTS minors only; Restrictions to be lifted the Monday following Registration; Open to Degree and CDE students.

Section Description

Arts 001 is fundamentally a skills-based class employing multiple strategies of seeing in order to develop ways to translate three-dimensions onto a two-dimensional surface through the use of graphic mediums such as pencil, charcoal, conte crayon, ink and pastel. Concepts of composition, abstraction, decision-making, and inquiry into the nature of what constitutes a drawing are considered. The notion of drawing “practice” is emphasized through homework sketchbook exercises to re-enforce in-class assignment concepts and strategies.

Section Expectation

The course is loosely divided into thirds, beginning with skill building exercises intent on drawing what you see. The middle third addresses continues development of the understanding of space, composition, proportion and surfaces in the construction of the illusion of space onto a two-dimensional surface. The final third addresses broader concepts of subject development, expression, decision-making and critical thinking in the drawing process. Critiques are an integral part of classroom methods, particularly towards the end of the semester. Students should be able to demonstrate both understanding and effective application of the instructed strategies for translating three-dimensional objects and space onto a two- dimensional surface via graphic means. Students will also learn critical thinking for assessment of their own work as well as learn considerations of how to articulate critical peer feedback for visual work during in-class critiques.


Attendance Policy and Classroom Environment Expectations: Attendance: • More than three absences = one full letter grade drop • Repeated late class arrival = an absence. • More than five absences = class failure • All missed work must be made up for full credit. Homework: • All homework is due the following class unless otherwise noted. Grading Criteria/Policies: Grades will be based on the quality of the assigned work including the following: • understanding of visual concepts • evidenced understanding of instructed techniques • originality and risk taking • critical thinking – evidenced by the ability to rethink and rework visual solutions • mastery of techniques/materials, and problem awareness • class participation in discussions and critiques • dedication to self-directed work. • I reserve the right to base all grades on a curve. A: The “A” student exhibits keen attention to craft, concept and presentation. The “A” understands the potential in each assignment and creates artwork that surpasses expectations. The “A” student is always well prepared for class, asks great questions, and is not afraid to take risks. An “A” student always strives for a greater understanding, inspiration and clarity in the work, shows evidence of extensive outside class work, and has an excellent attendance record. B: The “B” student completes all assignments with care paid to craft and presentation. The “B” student understands the formal and conceptual principles of each assignment, and participates in critiques and discussions. The “B” student’s work improves throughout the semester. C: The “C” student adequately completes all assignments, but only does the minimum required. The “C” student sometimes participates in critiques or discussions but rarely extends or stretches themselves through their artwork. The “C” student’s work improves little over the semester. D: The “D” student completes most, but not all, of the class assignments on time. The Quality of craft and presentation in the work is consistently below average, and the “D” student doesn’t voluntarily participate in critiques or discussions. A “D” student is often unprepared for class, and demonstrates little improvement over the course of the semester. F: The “F” student is a rarity, having shown an utter disregard for the structure of the class or an interest in assignments. Work is unfinished, sloppy, and incomplete. An “F” student usually has an unacceptable attendance record. Assessments (Graded Work): Mid -term: • portfolio and sketchbook: • all assignments are equally weighted for the mid-term grade • The large number of equally weighted assignments provides some allowance as you are learning a particular skill to find your way. o At the same time, if there is a particular skill that is weak, it is the responsibility of the student to self-direct additional practice towards mastery. Use your sketchbook for this purpose. o E.g. if you are assigned to practice a particular technique for homework just once, if you are not finding success… keep trying with it until you are more comfortable with it. Final Portfolio: Several major projects, including the final project are equally weighted (like having three final exams) • Midterm average is combined with final portfolio average • By design this weights the second half more heavily. • These final projects are where you can demonstrate your craftsmanship, critical thinking, originality and aesthetic merit. Course Evaluation: All students are expected to complete a course evaluation at the conclusion of the class. These are anonymous and confidential, and the information gained, including constructive criticism, will be used to improve the course. Tips for Success (optional): Listening to the intended objectives to particular assignments will support success in this class. Since we will be exploring multiple strategies and methods for drawing, you want to pay attention to what those are and demonstrate that conceptual understanding in how you approach your work. This is particularly true at the beginning of the class where specific techniques are instructed. Assignments become more conceptual as the semester goes on granting more freedom with decision making and just how you want to respond to assignment prompts. • If you have any questions about concepts you may ask me in class. • Assignments that utilized widely known techniques are available with a simple on-line search using the assignments title. • Getting to see images might further support the in-class instructions. • I will also be showing artist examples in class. • You are expected to listen to in class instruction and imagine into addressing those instructions as a way to formulate questions at the time of instruction. o With longer assignments more questions will arise in the act of making. Come prepared to class, if that is the case, with your questions. o You are expected to write down the assignment instruction in your sketchbook. It is inappropriate to email me asking what the assignment is in between classes, unless you missed class.

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