2:00-4:50 Tuesday and Thursday
This course will focus on the study of drawing as a major form of expression. Students will employ the use of professional drawing media and tools and develop a professional attitude about materials, techniques, experience and end results.
To be able to draw the human figure in a convincing representational manner. By beginning the learning process of the history of figure drawing through studying methods and images, students will acquire traditional knowledge and contemporary attitudes practicing various techniques of rendering and subject presentation. Visual and conceptual problem-solving. Visual language and vocabulary. Presentation skills: matting, mounting and framing.
Assignments and practice will evolve from short term gestural drawings to long term figure studies. All artwork must beoriginalexcept for the Old Master’s copies that are assigned. Drawings should be constructed with the following goals in mind and will be evaluated based on the following:
1. Consistency 5. Level of ambition
2. Content/Idea 6. Choice of subject(s)
3. Technique 7. Level of finish
A final portfolio of drawings will be required from each individual. Two reviews will be conducted during the semester. The student will submit all assigned workfor evaluation. One framed piece from the portfolio is required.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
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 6 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.
CLASSROOM PROCEDURE and ACTIVITIES
Introduction of technique(s) and media. Historical, contemporary and student 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. *Number of assignments, due dates, review dates, etc., are subject to change.
Materials are found through a number of local and online sources. The purchase of matboard for presentation will be an additional cost throughout the semester. This is available locally. A frame for one of your portfolio pieces will also be an extra cost.
The cost of the course from a previous semester was an average of $300.00. The cost of this class may or may not be comparable.
Review Dates: 1st Review: September 27, 2011, Tuesday
2nd Review: November 8, 2011, Tuesday
Minimum 1 piece, window mat, acetate attached under window for each review.
Your participation and relevant commentary during reviews of fellow students' work is important. Learning to create a constructive dialogue is critical to your development as an artist. Missing a review is comparable to not taking a major exam.
One 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.
Some of these are stocked in the campus Barnes & Noble bookstore. Others can be obtained through local bookstores, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, etc.
1. "Figure Drawing: The Structure, Anatomy, and Expressive Design of Human Form", by Nathan Goldstein
Seventh Edition (or any edition)
Pearson Prentice Hall
2. "Virtual Pose", by Mario Henri Chakkour
Hand Books Press
Online Resources: “Posemaniacs.com” and “fineart.sk”
3. "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain", Betty Edwards
4. "Drawing From Life", Brown/McLean
5. "Figure Drawing", Nathan Goldstein
6. "Creative Figure Drawing", Hirshl
7. "Drawing the Head", Maugham
8. "Complete Guide to Figure Drawing", Anthony Ryder
Evaluation of each painting 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 drawing, critical judgement.
3. It is required that all drawings be submitted on time.
UNDERSTANDING OTHER CRITERIA OF ACHIEVEMENT
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 painting.
3. Work is submitted on time, every time.
4. Consistently works for at least 6 hours outside of class every week on painting; spends additional time practicing presentation skills.
5. Paintings exhibit advancement and progress in technical skill areas.
6. Paintings exhibit advancement and progress in aesthetic skill areas.
7. They work hard and understand that learning to paint 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 painting 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 paintings 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.
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%. 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
discussion and your presentation.
A final portfolio will consist of 20 in-class drawings (one grade) and 10 out-of-class drawings (one grade). Portfolio should be submitted with interleaving of glassinefrom bookstore or catalogue or buffered, acid free paperand 4 pieces, window mat, acetate attached under window (one grade). Portfolios should beprofessional:black tie or zipper style. Please include the cost analysis sheet TOTALED.
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%.
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. A student with excessive absences (more than 5) regardless of excusemay be dropped from the course by the instructor with an automatic grade of "WF" or "F". More than three unexcused absences, tardiness or leaving class early will lower your final grade - each absence beyond 3 will result in lowering your final grade a complete letter grade(i.e.: If your final evaluation is a B and you have 5 absences: your final grade is a D.)
Note: missing a critique in a studio class is equivalent to not taking an exam in a lecture class.
RETAINING AND RETURN OF STUDENT WORK
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. If the student, upon due notification, does not claim their work after a three monthperiod, the Department will have the right to dispose of it. The department reserves the privilege of retaining such student work as desired for reference or exhibition purposes. Provide the instructor with a written request for return of work, citing name, phone #, itemization of work, etc. Work will be retrieved during finals week of the following semester, and can be picked up on the Friday of that week.
DISRUPTION: (also see “Student Standards of Conduct”, “Attention Students” & “Student Honor Creed” – all attached)
Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration,
disciplinary proceedings, or other university activities authorized to be held or conducted
on the premises of Midwestern State University. Such activity includes but is not limited
to classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the
class or the ability of other students to profit from the instructional program.
Disruption of any type (headsets, MP3"s, interruptive & continuous chatting, fighting, exhibiting an arrogant lack of respect for the instructor and classroom environnment, lack of proper conduct in the learning environment, attitude problems, ignoring demonstrations, not participating in reviews, problems staying awake in class, etc.) will not be tolerated. The instructor will determine what is appropriate and 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.
MAINTENANCE OF CLASSROOM FACILITY
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.
BUILDING HOURS AND USE
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 Access via Maroon card
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.
This is a non-hazardous art class. Some products that you will be using may require special attention. The professor will demonstrate the proper use of each piece of equipment and materials, and make suggestions to those who may need additional protection. The classroom first aid kit will be pointed out to you, as well as the hallway phone. The campus police department phone number is: 940-397-4239. Emergency is: 911 (fire, police, ambulance). Vinson Health Center is: 940-397-4231. Kell West (5420 Kell Blvd.): 940-692-5888; United Regional Health Care (1600 11th St.) 940-764-7000
What are some reasonable things you can do to protect yourself?
1. Keep the above numbers on your cell phone.
2. Know where the first aid kit is – let the professor know if you hurt yourself! Let the professor know if we are low on certain supplies after you use them.
3. Keep the presentation area clutter-free and clean.
4. Be alert to your surroundings.
5. When doing presentation, work without distractions.
6. If you are sick, don’t come to class and spread your germs around.
7. Wear a protective mask if you need it.
8. Wear protective gloves if you need them.
9. Wear rubber soled closed toed shoes for good back support and safety.
10. Read safety instructions on all supplies.
If a student is allergic to any materials used in this course (sprays, dust particles, etc.) they must notify the instructor in order to take proper caution in use of these materials.
DO NOT USE CANS OF SPRAY FIX INSIDE THIS BUILDING. There is a booth in the sculpture studio when available. When not available, you must spray fix outside, exiting the doors by the snack machines. In either place, please prepare your piece with craft paper and masking tape for spraying.
DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES(397-4140; Clark Student Center, Room 168)
Students with disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the professor as soon as possible.
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 tobe honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all
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 studentwork 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.
STANDARDS OF CONDUCT (Number 11: Academic Dishonesty)
The following standards and procedures are university policy. All students are expected
to become familiar with the information contained in this publication in order that they may be
sufficiently informed of the standards of conduct established by the university. These standards
of conduct apply to individuals as well as to individuals acting in concert with others (groups,
student organizations, etc.).
Enrollment at Midwestern State University is considered by the university as implicit
declaration of acceptance on the part of the student of university regulations. Violation of these
standards of conduct will subject the violator to conduct action.
When students are away from the Midwestern State University campus, they are expected
to conduct themselves as mature individuals. Irresponsible actions which are reported to
university officials or which become public knowledge may be the cause for conduct action.
It is stressed that all local, state, and federal laws are supported by the university, and
violators of these could be disciplined by civil authorities and/or university officials. Being a
student does not exempt a person from being a law-abiding citizen or from conducting himself
or herself as a responsible student.
Specific examples of misconduct for which students may be subject to conduct action
include, but are not limited to, the following:
11. Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source
material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted
techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom
credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the
Dean of Students’ Office.
a. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized
assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of
sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing
reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition,
without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of
the university faculty or staff.
b. The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct
quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and
clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials
prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other
c. The term “collusion” means collaboration with another person in preparing work
offered for credit of that collaboration is not authorized by the faculty member in
Federal privacy law prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress or other matters with your parents. Please do not have them call me. Regardless of these important legal considerations, it is my general policy to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.