College Drawing

College Drawing is an advanced course offering an exploratory experience in drawing with emphasis on Figure/Life drawing. The course will introduce the student to a wide variety of experiences in black and white drawing mediums. Color drawing will be emphasized in the latter part of the course as students mature in their drawing abilities. Students will be reviewing important artists, their styles in drawing, and give both written and oral presentations.

PREREQUISITE: Studio in Art or Permission of Instructor, you must be in 11th or 12th grade to take this course in accordance with SUNY Broome's FastForward policies.

Beginning Drawing
ART 115-04
Credit Hours: 3 (1 NVHS credit)
Full Year Course
Fast Forward Statement:
You have been selected to take this course through SUNY Broome’s Fast Forward Program, allowing you to experience the academic standards, increased workload, and personal responsibility required to be successful in college study. You will enter college with completed coursework, save money on tuition, and perhaps lessen the time to your college degree. Please take this course seriously. It starts your official academic record regardless of the college you choose.

FastForward Course Outline

Course Materials:
A toned sketchbook (tan or grey) that is 9 x 12 inches.
A portfolio (standard paper portfolios will work, but are not as durable as vinyl or plastic)
A carry case for materials such as pencils, pens, erasers, etc.
There is no specific text for this course, but there will be articles assigned to you based on what we are currently studying. The school will provide you with the drawing mediums, but you are welcome to purchase your own brand of materials if you so choose.

**Course Description: **
Beginning Drawing: ART 115 will present the practice of drawing using visualizing and analytical and non-analytical thinking. An emphasis will be on a series of open-ended inter-related problems dealing with seeing, visual language, vocabulary, organization of space, and necessary technical skills. These drawing problems will intensify the student’s perception and comprehension of form, space, tone, volume, texture, structure, movement and composition. There will be instruction and demonstrations on the use of various drawing materials and processes as a means of personal investigation, understanding and exploration. Subject matter
will include but not be limited to still life studies, landscape, interior spaces and the human form.

Prerequisites: Studio in Art
Requirements met by this course:
General Education Requirements: This course satisfies the NYS requirement for one art credit while in secondary secondary school. This course also satisfies the requirement for SUNY Broome’s Beginning Drawing credit.

Specific Learning Outcomes:
Apply the process of layering (adding) and editing (subtracting) visual information and learn to think and create the illusions of space, texture, form and volume two-dimensionally.

Develop a thorough understanding of how by applying the elements and principles of design the artist/designer can create a limitless possibility of forms that are aesthetically appealing, thought provoking and expressive. Students will learn the importance of self-criticism and challenging their own abilities both conceptually and technically.

Establish a personal work ethic, time management/organizational skills. Learn to use various tools and materials and be able to know how to manipulate these to create successful solutions to various problems. They will learn how to constructively criticize their own work, and accept constructive criticism from others.

Recognize exceptional art from an informed perspective through presentations of historic and contemporary examples of drawing. They will recognize when a piece is finished and know when to stop in the creative process when creating their own work. Build self-confidence and pride in accomplishing successful solutions to problems presented and to know when they have succeeded in this process.

Course Requirements/Expectations

  • Class Attendance and Participation Policy

You are expected to be in class and working every day on time, and for the full class time. If you know that you will be out, please notify me as soon as possible.

  • Student Responsibilities

Students are expected to be prompt, self-motivated , manage time well and participate in class critiques and discussion. While we will use every class to the fullest extent, it is expected that students will put extra time into their work outside of class time if it is required. Each student is responsible for keeping a personal sketchbook to experiment in, gestate thumbnails and ideas and practice foundational skills. Except for other school duties, I am available any time.

  • Course Readings

There is no specific text fro this class, but we will be studying articles and readings as they become pertinent to our study. We will also be making use of YouTube, and other videos to help inform our learning and to study a topic more closely.

Assignments (please note that these are subject to change)

Value Unit Projects

  • "White" objects on "White" Backgrounds in graphite
  • Value Study of Crumpled Paper in graphite
  • Still-life of Reflective Objects in charcoal

Line Unit Projects

  • En Plein Air Studies in ink (ball point pen)
  • Master Copy in ink
  • Still-life of Organic Objects in ink

Form and Edge Unit Projects

  • Reductive Drawing still-life in charcoal
  • Self-Portrait in conté crayon
  • Figure Drawings in ink, chalk, and graphite
  • Social issues
  • Portrait from Life in pastel
  • Cast Drawing in charcoal

Grading Policy
My grading policy separates into three categories: Participation (25%), Sketchbook assignments (25%) and Projects (50%)
Academic Integrity
SUNY Broome Academic Honesty Policy:

This is a college course. Use of copywritten images is strictly forbidden. All images and photographic reference must be your own. Failure to comply with this will result in a removal of the project from the grade book until an appropriate project is turned in. If you use copywritten images as reference, you must change the final result so that the original image is not recognizable and clearly distinguishable from the original source.

Fast Forward Student Handbook
Students should review the Fast Forward Student Handbook provided at for information on college expectations, campus resources, and transferring credits.

Instructor Disclaimer
This syllabus is intended to give the student guidance in what may be covered during the semester and will be followed as closely as possible. The instructor reserves the right to modify, supplement and make changes as the course needs arise in such a manner that will benefit the classroom environment.

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