COURSE OUTLINE

Part 1: Drawing Foundations

DAY 01 – Course Introduction

Preparation

• Read Is There Any Such Thing as Talent?

• Read Lessons on Success and Deliberate Practice from Mozart, Picasso, and Kobe Bryant

In-Class

W, JAN 13 » Reference Drawing

Homework

• Complete Introductory Survey (Due on Day 01)

Living with a Master Drawing

DAY 02 – Composition, Shape

Preparation

• Listen to Why We Draw (NPR Interview with Peter Steinhart, Author of The Undressed Art: Why We Draw)

• Read about Right and Left Brain Functions

• Review these Exemplars of Negative Shape Drawings

In-Class

M, JAN 18​ » Negative Shape Drawing

Homework

Upside Down Picasso

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Foundations

DAY 03 – Line, Contour

Preparation

Review these Exemplars of Contour Drawings

In-Class

W, JAN 20 » Blind, Partial-Peak, and Pure Contour

Homework

• My Unmade Bed

Cross Contour Drawing

 

F, JAN 22​ » CLOSING EXHIBITION - The Commerce Center 

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Four-Part Process

Part 1: Gesture

DAYS 04 - 06 - Gesture Drawing

Preparation

• Watch The Neurons that Shaped Civilization

• Review these Exemplars of Gesture Drawings

• Watch These Online Tutorials

In-Class

M, JAN 25 – M, FEB 1 » Gesture Drawings

DAY 06 – Shading and Modeling 1: Linear Shading

Preparation

• Watch this video on shading spherical objects

• View these exemplars of linear shading

In Class

M, FEB 1 » Gesture (see above) followed by introduction to linear shading 

W, FEB 3 » No class (work on homework)

Homework

• Complete a series of drawings of eggs

• Complete an artist copy that features extensive linear shading

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Part 2: Volume Summary

DAYS 07-08 – Basics of Sighting

Preparation

Read Sighting

Read Process over Product

In class

M, FEB 8; W, FEB 10 » Basics of Sighting: Simple Shapes

Homework

Create Imaginary Biomorphic Forms by adding simple forms

DAYS 09-10 – Simplifying Complex Volumes

In Class

W, FEB 15 – M, FEB 17 » Simplifying Complex Volumes

Homework

Linear Shading - Cross Hatching (Personal Choice)

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Part 3: The Perceptual Grid

DAYS 11-13 – Organizational Line Drawings

Preparation

• View these exemplars of organizational line drawings

• Read this professor's approach to this technique

In Class

M, FEB 22 » Interior

W, FEB 24 – M, FEB 29 » Still Life

F, FEB 26 » Turn in Sketchbook (Homework List)

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Mid-Term Portfolio

Sketchbook (Mid-Term)

Sketchbooks Due » F • FEB 26 (Mid-Term Homework Checklist)

Sketchbooks Returned » W • MAR 2

 

Portfolio One

Portfolio Due » W • MAR 2  (Mid-Term Portfolio Checklist)

Mid-Term Critiques » M • MAR 14

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