Drawing II

Course Details

Course Number: 1323  Section Number: 01

Spring 2015

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: C106

Days & Times:

2:00-4:50 pm, Tuesday and Thursday

Office C106: Office Hours all day on Wednesday; Monday and Friday by appointment

Email:  liz.yarosz@mwsu.edu         Telephone:  940-397-4385

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MSU Faculty Member
Elizabeth A. Yarosz-Ash   
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Course Objectives



This course will continue to refine the rendering and presentation skills learned in Drawing I.  Students will concentrate on the use of colored drawing pigments.  Individual directions and expressions will be developed.  Subjects will be assigned and students will be responsible for their own subject matter and still-life arrangements.  Drawings will be done exclusively from direct observation. 

Matting, mounting and presentation will compose 1/5 of your final grade.  Critiques will review and discuss properly presented work.  A final portfolio will consist of all drawings, both in-class and out-of-class assignments.  One framed piece is required and you are encouraged to enter this piece in the Annual Student Exhibition. 



There will be four (4) assignments consisting of 2 -3 drawings per assignment.  The first assignment will be individual expressions; the next three assignments will be group oriented.  Each assignment will have an introduction and a conclusion date where every drawing is due complete. Complete work is due at the beginning of the class period. Incomplete work will receive an evaluation of 0%Late work is not accepted at any point during the semester.




Students will continue development of eye/hand coordination, the ability to construct successful compositions, skills in handling a focused drawing media and various techniques of rendering.  Visual and conceptual problem-solving.  Convincingly translate a 3-d object onto a 2-d surface.  Processes and techniques.  Visual language and vocabulary.  Presentation skills:  matting, mounting and framing.  This course will train students to perceive the physical appearance and potential for expression of color. Challenging resources and references will be used to construct complex drawing projects.





Introduction of technique(s) and media.  Historical and contemporary examples shown, explained and displayed.  Demonstration(s) and vocabulary covered.  Explanation of purpose of assignments.  Classroom practice, out-of-class practice, problem-solving, revision, one-on-one discussion and analysis, class discussion and analysis, individual evaluation.  Professor instructs by presentation of techniques and concepts, inviting interaction by questions and responses, opinions and dialogue.  Additionally, students are encouraged to interact with each other and their work in order to practice the discipline of objective observation/criticism and improve/make progress their drawings.  Students should understand that progress is directly related to how much time is spent practicing drawing – those who spend the most time drawing inside AND outside of class are those who learn the fastest and gain the most skill.  




1.  Acquire a visual art vocabulary.

2.  Composition skills; how the elements and principles apply.

3.  Approach and awareness concerning visual presentation.

4.  Presentation skills.

5.  Technical skill with a variety of drawing media.

6.  Conceptual and visual problem-solving.

7.  Knowledge of history of drawing and contemporary attitudes.

8.  Practice of drawing skills a minimum of 12 hours per week. 

9.  How to communicate individual aesthetic concerns through a drawing.

10. Objective observation and evaluation.

11. To appreciate drawing as a discipline, and drawing as an end in itself.

Course Expectations




No text required.  Some are recommended, below.  Also, as an artist is discussed in class and examples are show, students should seek out published volumes of these artists work from the library.


Recommended Reading: 1.   The Art of Responsive Drawing, by Nathan Goldstein. Prentice-Hall. 1999   ISBN 09-13-597931-5   2.  Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards. Houghton Mifflin. 1990  ISBN 0-87477-088-2  3.  A Drawing Handbook, by Nathan Goldstein. Prentice-Hall, NJ. 1986   4.  A Guide to Drawing, by Mendelowitz and Wakeham. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, NY. 1988   5.  The Art of Drawing, by Bernard Chaet. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, NJ. 1978   6.  Drawing: Space, Form, Expression by Wayne Enstice and Melody Peters. Prentice-Hall, NJ. 1987   7.The Natural Way to Draw, by Kimon Nicolaides. Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1941-present   8. Drawing: A Studio Guide, by Lu Bro. W.W.Norton, NY. 1978   9.  Drawing Dimensions, by Cynthia Dantzic.  Prentice-Hall.  1999   ISBN 0-13-220153-4   10.  Drawing, A Contemporary Approach, by Teel Sale and Claudia Betti.  Thompson-Wadsworth.  2008   ISBN-10:0-495-09491-9   11.  Drawing Basics, by Jacklyn St. Aubyn. Thompson-Wadsworth.  2007.  ISBN 0-495-00628-9   12.  The Craft of Drawing, by Dan Wood.  Harcourt Brace.  1988.  ISBN 0-15-5155-40-7   13.  Creative Drawing, by Howard Smagula.  Brown & Benchmark.  1993.  ISBN 0-697-14954-4   14.  Drawing as Expression, by Sandy Brooke.  Pearson Prentice Hall.  2007.  ISBN 0-13-194005-8                                                     15.  Drawing to See, by Nathan Goldstein & Harriet Fishman.  Pearson Prentice Hall.  2005.  ISBN 0-13-098178-8.



The cost of Drawwing II ranges from $50-$200 depending on materials you may already have.  Framing may be an extra cost.




Evaluation of each drawing is based on the following:

1.  Technical Quality: Presentation skills, craft of using materials and tools, rendering skills, observational skills.

2.  Aesthetic Quality: Compositional skills, level of ambition, drawing complexity, imagination, awareness of contemporary and historical painting, critical judgment.

3.  Intellectual Quality:  Substance of content and ideas expressed visually.

4.  It is required that all drawings be submitted on time.  A LATE or MISSING DRAWING = 0%





The following are characteristics of people who are successful in this course:

1.  Positive attitude.

2.  Superior attendance – they want to be in class and they enjoy drawing.

3.  Work is submitted on time, every time.

4.  Consistently works for at least 6 hours outside of class every week on drawing skills; spends additional time practicing presentation skills.

5.  Drawings exhibit advancement and progress in technical skill areas.

6.  Drawings exhibit advancement and progress in aesthetic skill areas.

7.  They work hard and understand that learning to draw is challenging – it takes time and practice.

8.  They pay attention to what the professor is saying and take notes.

9.  They are able to focus and concentrate on what they are doing – they are seldom distracted by others.

10. Are willing to change and accept the constructive criticism/observations/advice that the professor offers.

11. Never allow their personal frustration to interrupt or disturb others concentration and peacefulness by vocalizing or acting out during drawing sessions.

12. Are respectful of the professor, other students, and the environment.

13. Understand that the casual atmosphere of the studio is for everyone’s benefit, and do not abuse the priviledge.

14. Conducts personal research and checks out books from the library.  They know that looking at Old Master’s and contemporary drawings teach them composition, technique, methods of refinement, presentation and assist with making better personal judgements.  They can also ask the professor questions they have concerning these artists and their work. 

Grading Standards


Class assignments, outside-of-class assignments, all assignments are evaluated for grades.  Late work is unacceptable.  Incomplete work, unsubmitted work, work not attempted, late work, etc. will receive an evaluation of 0%.  Portfolio content, drawing quality, presentation quality, effort, attitude and attendance all contribute to final grade assessment.  The portfolio is part of your final grade, along with evaluation of attendance, participation in group reviews, and any other performance-based elements pertinent to each student’s progress.  Presentation materials and techniques will be seriously scrutinized.  Stretcher construction and materials will meet instructors' expectations and approval.



A (90 – 100) = indicates excellent work

B (80 – 89) = indicates good work

C (70 – 79) = indicates satisfactory work

D (60 – 69) = indicates passing work

F (59 and below) = indicates failing work

In addition, I use the following system when evaluating work:

A+ (98)        A (95)         A- (92)

B+ (88)        B (85)         B- (82)

C+ (78)        C (75)         C- (72)

D+ (68)        D (65)         D- (62)

O%: Late assignments, unsubmitted assignment.


Submission Format Policy



A final portfolio is required.  It will consist of all completed drawings.  Your framed work is part of your portfolio, and will be considered part of your portfolio of drawings.  All other pieces must be submitted with professional presentation:  3 mounted drawings & 3 matted drawings; interleaving used for the remaining drawings.  Portfolios should be professional: black tie or zipper style.


Your grade evaluation consists of:                  Assignment #1: 20%

                                                                        Assignment #2: 20%

                                                                        Assignment #3: 20%

                                                                        Assignment #4: 20%                                                                   

                                                                        Presentation Quality: 20%


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy



A (90 – 100) = indicates excellent work

B (80 – 89) = indicates good work

C (70 – 79) = indicates satisfactory work

D (60 – 69) = indicates passing work

F (59 and below) = indicates failing work

In addition, I use the following system when evaluating work:

A+ (98)        A (95)         A- (92)

B+ (88)        B (85)         B- (82)

C+ (78)        C (75)         C- (72)

D+ (68)        D (65)         D- (62)

O%: Late assignments, unsubmitted assignment.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


At Midwestern State University the faculty member is the authority concerning the selection of topics, texts and teaching methodology.  The faculty member has the freedom and responsibility to maintain a standard of student behavior and control the classroom environment.

The student is expected to be aware of the basic tenets of this Code of Conduct (see Student Handbook), as well as the Student Honor Creed.  The faculty member may drop a student from class for disruptive, disrespectful, or unruly conduct.  Excessive absences, chronic tardiness, failure to complete assignments on time, academic dishonesty or plagiarism will cause a student to be withdrawn from the course, and may result in a grade evaluation of "F". 

Attendance is required at every class.  If roll is taken before you arrive in class, you will be counted absent. Leaving class early without prior permission will result in your being counted absent for the class session.  The penalty for missing class for any reason (ex. sickness, lost dog, Dr.’s appointment, broken car, death in family/friend, baby-sitter not available, etc.) is as follows:

1st absence = no penalty

2nd absence = no penalty

3rd absence = no penalty

4th absence = 1 letter grade drop on your FINAL grade (example: Grade earned=88(B) Grade assigned=C)

5th absence = F in class &/or Instructor Drop with W/F or F (Instructor Discretion)

Exceptions are through the Office of the Provost WHO PROVIDES DOCUMENTATION.

Other Policies




Disruption of any type (headsets, interruptive talking, fighting, exhibiting an arrogant lack of respect for the instructor, lack of proper conduct in the learning environment, attitude problems, etc.) and behavioral problems will not be tolerated.  Students will risk being dropped from the class and consequently receiving an "F" for displays of this nature.  The instructor will determine what is inappropriate behavior. **VERY IMPORTANT:  Students are advised to TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONES!!!!!during class. 

(If there is an emergency situation, it is the student's responsibility to communicate with the instructor.) 

1.  Ringing cell phones will not be tolerated and cell phones will be confiscated until class is over. 

2. Upon the second violation, a report will be filed with the Dean of Students and the instructor will confiscate the phone. 

3. IF there is a third violation, the phone will be confiscated and turned in to the Dean of Students, where the student can reclaim their phone AFTER being counseled.     




It is expected that each individual respect this work facility. You are responsible for clean-up and maintenance of your own work area, table, floor, and counters. In addition, the general studio area of shared facilities will be kept clean and orderly. These areas will be cleaned immediately upon completion of the individual's task. These are continuous expectations throughout the duration of the semester.  In-class drawing sessions will be terminated to allow for class time clean-up after every drawing session.  When working in the studio outside of class, each student will follow through with personal clean-up of their workspace.




Monday - Thursday:            7:00 am - 9:30 pm

Friday            7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday            7:00 am - 4:30 pm (Use south entrance)

Sunday            CLOSED

The University policy regarding Sunday Building Use, is: No students are allowed to work in the facility without the presence of their studio faculty member.  That faculty member must be present at all times, or the student must leave the building.  This is the policy and it will be enforced. 

Other than Sunday, if you are in the building before lock-up, you may stay as long as you are working.  Student ID and proof of enrollment in class is required after hours.  Absolutely no guests, family members, boy or girl friends will be allowed after the building is closed.  If you have a problem and need assistance, call campus police ext. 4239.

Dangerous equipment and materials are located throughout this building.  DO NOT BRING CHILDREN INTO THESE ENVIRONMENTS.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACCIDENTS THAT OCCUR!!!  Report any destruction or theft immediately to police and an instructor.

MSU Policy #4.123 regarding children brought to the workplace is as follows:  "Students, faculty and staff employees must have a safe study or work environment which is free of unnecessary distractions and interruptions.  It is therefore the policy of the university that dependent children not be cared for in campus facilities and grounds (i.e., offices, classrooms, library, student center, physical education buildings, south campus, etc.) during normal working or scheduled classroom or activity hours."  If you have any questions regarding this policy, please call the Personnel Office, ext. 4221.




If work is left in the studio longer than (1) one month after the end of the semester, the department has the right to dispose of or use the unclaimed work for any purpose.  Also, the department reserves the privilege of retaining desired student work for reference or exhibition purposes.  If the student, upon due notification, does not claim his work after a three month period, the Department will have the right to dispose of it.  





There are three required attendances to gallery exhibitions.  A separate sheet will be distributed.



Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.

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