This Course is a journey that will take you from a place of believing that you can't draw, to a place where you begin to understand how beautifully you can. Much of your college career will be spent learning things that you didn't know before. Yet, when it comes to drawing, people somehow believe that it is often a "gift" that some people get, and others do not. This course challenges that notion by saying anyone can draw, provided they have the desire to do it and make the commitment to practice.
$40 Course Fee; Instructor permission required; Open to Degree and CDE students
BEGINNING DRAWING for the NON-ART MAJOR FALL SEMESTER 2021 Professor Martin A. Thaler Tuesday Evenings: 6:00 to 9:00 August 31 to December 7, 2021 Room 210 Royall Tyler Theatre Martin.Thaler@uvm.edu Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:00-12:00, or by appointment Office# 656-0089; cell# (609) 636-2815 THIS IS THE CLASS TO TAKE IF YOU WANT TO DRAW BUT THINK YOU CAN’T. I ASSURE YOU…YOU CAN. These are all the numbers where you can reach me, but use my cell phone FIRST. I’d much rather you call and ask a question about your assignment than avoid it…so don’t hesitate to call. You MUST call me if you are missing class for ANY reason. In any event, I have an open door policy so stop by anytime, and do not hesitate to call me at home or on my cell if I am on the road. Call whenever you need to ask a question or just talk. This course is an exploration of learning ways to draw objects and spaces and record them realistically on a two dimensional piece of paper so that they look three dimensional. This will be done through a series of exercises using various media including pencil, vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, black pastel, black and white conte crayon and color pastels, and a variety of papers. Both beginning and advanced students are welcome but all students will be required to try various techniques that will help to build skills that will support students in their goal to draw in either a realistic or abstracted point of view. Your lab fee covers all your supplies with the exception of your large pad of newsprint, and your spray fixative, so the newsprint pad is the only paper you have to buy. All different drawing mediums and some different papers will be provided. You MUST purchase your spray fixative on your own. This is available at Michael’s.com, or nearby to campus at the local Michael’s on Williston Road. When spraying your drawings, NEVER do this inside any dorm room or enclosed area. You should always use the spray booth in the craft room of the theatre on the basement level. AS A MEANS TO EXPRESS YOURSELF ARTISTICALLY; THE GOALS OF THE COURSE INCLUDE: 1. Developing “sighting” skills that will enable the student to see the spacial relationship of one object to another object or to the space around an object. 2. Developing freedom in your style of drawing through speed exercises and compositional exercises; ALWAYS WITH THE GOAL OF EMPOWERING THE STUDENT TO CHOOSE TO DRAW THE WAY IN WHICH THEY WANT TO DRAW AND TO HAVE A COMMAND OVER DRAWING REALISTCALLY OR ABSTRACTLY. 3. Developing accuracy in the recording of detail, which will later enable the student to change realistic details into abstract forms. 4. Developing a familiarity with various media and a comfort level with those media that had not previously been attained. 5. Exploring textures of objects through intense studies and learning what media choice will best render that object. 6. Exploring light and shadow (values) and the 3-dimensional qualities it brings to the drawing. 7. Exploring drapery, and perhaps a clothed figure: learning how clothing relates to the body. REQUIRED MATERIALS: You will need to buy a large (18X24) newsprint pad (maybe even two!). You can purchase these at the UVM Bookstore. They have been ordered for you and are on hold there waiting for you to pick them up. A sample of each of the following mediums will be furnished for you because you have paid a studio fee, when you run out of the sample you will need to purchase more of it at the bookstore: # 4B and # 6 B pencils Vine and Compressed Charcoal Black and White Conte Crayon Black Pastel Gray scale Pastels Colored Pastels White Plastic eraser Gray charcoal paper Black charcoal paper Blending Stomps You must buy spray fixative to seal and fix your work. Keep your tools handy in your “Art Box” so that when you need them, they will be ready for you. Your Art box is anything that will keep your media safe, dry and clean. Using a portfolio and fixative will be the best way to insure your work remains clean, dry, not smeared and undamaged. ALWAYS put your cell number on your drawing pad cover and portfolio. THE COURSE REQUIREMENTS ARE: 1. Participation: Please arrive on time, as it is disrespectful to open the door to the classroom and disturb other students already in the drawing process. Typically, each class will start with an explanation of the class’s exercise followed by a demonstration of what I am asking you to do. If you are late, you will miss your best opportunity for instruction. If you cannot attend a class, please call me in advance and tell me why...no e-mail messages for this purpose! You must speak to me in person or leave a message by phone. Remember that missing one of these classes is equivalent to missing two or three of your regularly scheduled classes that meets two or three times per week. For every 3 unexcused classes that you miss, your grade will drop one full point; that means from an A to a B and so on and so forth. Only documented illnesses and family emergencies will be excused absences. The reason for this simple…you need to be here to learn this technique. If you cannot attend class, you need to help me understand why you were not able to be there. 2. Homework Assignments: Out of class drawings are an important part of the practice you need to continue skill building. You must draw at least three homework drawings per week…preferably on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You should do these in the same newsprint pad that you bring to class and do your class exercises in. Keep your drawings in chronological order and always remember to sign and date them. Part of your final grade will be based on the completion of your homework sketches. THERE SHOULD BE A TOTAL OF 45 HOMEWORK SKETCHES DONE BY THE END OF THE SEMESTER, BUT THEY SHOULD BE DONE ALL THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER WHEN YOU ARE NOT IN CLASS, not the night before your portfolio review! 3. Written Self Evaluation: Every artist is ultimately their own judge and critic determining when their work is complete on a project and whether or not their own work has value. Therefore, just prior to the end of the course AND TO BE BROUGHT WITH YOU TO OUR ONE ON ONE PORTFOLIO REVIEW every student must complete a type-written self-assessment, (no more than two typed pages), detailing what specific grade you think you deserve, and more importantly WHY you think you deserve that grade. Specific references to dated works you have completed, and descriptions of your work using the vocabulary you have learned in class must be included with the reasons detailing why you feel that work is a solid example of how you have grown as an artist. Again, these are due at the time of your one on one portfolio reviews which will take place during the second to last week of class. **YOU MUST HAND IN ALL WORK DONE FOR THE ENTIRE CLASS. If you lose your portfolio, I will be placed in the position of having to fail you for the course, as I cannot grade what I cannot see. ***MAKE SURE ALL OF YOUR DRAWINGS ARE SIGNED AND DATED. THIS IS CRUCIAL FOR YOU TO DO AS IT IS THE ONLY WAY I AM ABLE TO ASSESS YOUR DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT THROUGHOUT THE CLASS. GRADING WILL BE BASED ON: A complete one on one (faculty/student) portfolio review. These last about one full hour with emphasis placed on: the growth of student abilities, variety of media used, completeness of assignments, and in class participation of group critiques and discussions. Please see the attached “Final Grade Breakdown Sheet” for specific percentages that your final grades will be based on. PORTFOLIO REVIEWS WILL BE: Friday, December 3rd, 2021 AT ALL TIMES STUDENT INPUT IS VALUED AND SOUGHT AFTER. COMMENTS MADE IN A RESPECTFUL AND POSITIVE MANNER WILL HELP ADD TO THE CONTENT OF THE COURSE. You will often learn much from seeing the work of your classmates, and hearing what they have to say about your work. As long as everyone is positive in their approach to each other’s work, critiques are an opportunity for everyone in class to make a contribution. MUSEUM TRIP TO THE FLEMING MUSEUM WILL BE WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8TH FROM 12:00 TO 2:00. COURSE SCHEDULE: The Course Schedule is as follows, but will be subject to change depending on the class’s ability and pace of improvement. AUG 31 Orientation, Review of Course Syllabus and Requirements: Basic drawing for Assessment. Drawing your own hand. SEPT 7 Beginning to learn basic sighting techniques. Learning what a “study” is. Looking for reference points within what you are drawing. Developing sighting skills by using horizontal and vertical relationships to build the grid as a system to learn spacial relationships. Using pencils draw a symmetrical wine bottle. SEPT 14 Using pencil and vine charcoal to draw Basic Geometric Shapes, Beginning to study values of light and shadow using gradual blends of charcoal with vine charcoal. SEPT 21 Using vine charcoal and compressed charcoal. Turning basic geometric shapes into real objects: Drawing a still life with fruit; with emphasis in seeing the shapes of lowlights. SEPT 28 Using black paper and white conte crayon: Drawing a glass and water with emphasis on seeing the shapes of highlights. OCT 5 The marriage of light and shadow and how it gives birth to shapes of objects, drawing the still life with fruit ONLY with shapes of light and shapes of dark. (NO LINES) Seeing how shapes of light and dark actually reveal the placement of line. Understanding that “lines” are really very thin shadows between two highlights. OCT 12 Using black pastel. Drawing popcorn to see the differences in convex and concave shapes. Learning about crosshatching and pointillism techniques to illustrate shape, form and texture. OCT 19 Mid-Term Assessment: Drawing your own hand on gray paper with black and white conte crayon and other gray scale pastels to see highlights, lowlights and medium values. OCT 26 Drawing Birds of Paradise in a large floral arrangement. Learning about composition: why and how do you arrange the elements of a drawing on the paper? How to become the editor of your own work, and how to choose what you want to draw. NOV 2 Working with color pastels and drawing a still life with fruit in color, and creating abstractions from reality in color. NOV 9 Creating a composition of your own and lighting it from within. NOV 16 Final drawing of your own hand; your choice of black and white media, Make sure you do this so that it is large and fills the page NOV 23 NO CLASS: COMP CLASS FOR MUSEUM TRIP NOV 30 I have planned one day as a “cushion” day in case there is a need to postpone or reschedule a class due to COVID 19 DEC 7 Final Critique and Discussion. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO HANG YOUR WORK * Sorry….but this syllabus is subject to change. Other things to consider that are UVM policies: Athletic-Academic Conflicts Students participating in inter-collegiate athletics should plan their schedules with special care, recognizing the primary importance of all of their university academic responsibilities. Each semester, members of UVM varsity and junior varsity teams are responsible for documenting in writing any conflicts between their planned athletic schedule and the class schedule to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes. Students and instructors should then discuss potential conflicts between course requirements and intercollegiate competitions. When an unavoidable conflict exists, the student and instructor should seek a resolution which permits the student to address the course requirement and participate in the athletic competition. The instructor has final authority on this matter. Religious Holidays Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss class for the purpose of religious observance to make up the course work. SHOP SAFETY INFORMATION: The “Right to Know” Law "Right to know", in the context of United States workplace and community environmental law, is the legal principle that the individual has the right to know the chemicals to which they may be exposed in their daily living. It is embodied in federal law in the United States as well as in local laws in several states. "Right to Know" laws take two forms: Community Right to Know and Workplace Right to Know. Each grants certain rights to those groups. The "right to know" was a movement made popular by Rachel Carson with her book Silent Spring. Environmental illness share characteristics with common diseases. For example, cyanide exposure symptoms include weakness, headache, nausea, confusion, dizziness, seizures, cardiac arrest, and unconsciousness. Influenza and heart disease include the same symptoms. Cyanide is one of the most toxic substances known to man. Failure to obtain proper disclosure is likely to lead to improper or ineffective medical diagnosis and treatment. This can contribute to prolonged illness and death. How do you know? The Safety Data Sheet MUST be on the premises of your workplace. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Definition: Save to Favorites Formal document containing important information about the characteristics and actual or potential hazards of a substance. It identifies the manufacturer of the material (with name, address, phone, and fax number) and usually includes (1) chemical identity, (2) hazardous ingredients, (3) physical and chemical properties, (4) fire and explosion data, (5) reactivity data, (6) health hazards data, (7) exposure limits data, (8) precautions for safe storage and handling, (9) need for protective gear, and (10) spill control, cleanup, and disposal procedures. Mandated by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it is used also in many other countries in one form or the other. Called chemical safety data sheet (CSDS) in Europe. IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT, THE SDS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM WITH THE INJURED PARTY, AND GIVEN TO THE ER DOCTORS TO INFORM THEM WHAT THE INJURED PARTY HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO;THIS ALLOWS THEM TO ACCESS HOW IT SHOULD BEST BE TREATED
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FINAL EVALUATION CDAE 95: BEGINNING DRAWING PROF. MARTIN A. THALER TUESDAYS 6:00-9:00 FALL SEMESTER 2021 NAME:___________________________________________________ 1. SUCCESS IN ACHIEVING A THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGE ON A TWO DIMENSIONAL SURFACE USING THE GRAY SCALE OF VALUES: (CITING SKILLS AND THE USE OF LIGHT AND SHADOW) 2. SUCCESSFUL USE OF CREATING A THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGE WITH THE USE OF COLOR, USING COLOR PASTELS: (CITING SKILLS AND THE USE OF COLOR WITH LIGHT AND SHADOW) 3. SUCCESS IN ACHIEVING A THREE DIMENSIONAL GRAY SCALE IMAGE IN THE HOMMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS: (THE ABOVE SKILLS AS DOCUMENTED IN THE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS) 4. IMPROVEMENT OF DRAWING SKILLS: (DID THE STUDENT DEMONSTRATE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT FROM THE START OF THE SEMESTER, AND DOES THAT IMPROVEMENT MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PASSING THIS COURSE?) 5. CLASS PARTICIPATION/HOMEWORK: (WERE ALL HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS COMPLETE AND ON TIME?) (DID THE STUDENT PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS OF OTHER STUDENTS WORK?) (Did the student retain important vocabulary?) FINAL GRADE:
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