Fall 2010

ART 113  

Instructor: Laura Ruby
Office: Art Building 348
Office Hours: 7:30-8 MW
Phone: 956-5250
email: lruby@hawaii.edu
Art 113 is an introductory drawing course for art majors and non-art majors. Emphasis is placed on the "practice" of drawing to communicate ideas, interpret our visual world and explore personal expression.

A drawing is an arrangement of abstract elements selected to best describe our personal experience. It is a bridge between an internal, feeling world and an external, thinking one. We will explore this notion with line, value, composition, shape and form in the context of nature. We will study the work of artists throughout history to broaden our comprehension of the medium and develop our individual drawing languages.

In order to go beyond simple embellishment of objects (in the still-life, landscape and figure) we must search out their internal movement, structure and expressive potential in regard to the whole drawing. We will not be drawing things, we will be making drawings. This kind of seeing and translating three-dimensional space to the two-dimensional page will help heighten the student's experience of art and the visual world.

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate hand-eye coordination.
2. Use the basic elements of the visual arts (line, value, shape, texture, modeling, pattern composition) to arrive at an illusion of space, image and form
3. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of basic linear perspective.
4. Demonstrate a skillful use of a variety of drawing materials and techniques.
5. Develop an awareness of the interaction of seeing, mental visualization and drawing.                                

Course Goals
1. To provide a basic understanding of drawing vocabulary.
2. To introduce and encourage the use of different drawing materials.
3. To study the drawings of artists throughout history.
4. To present drawing as an individual means of seing, interpreting and responding.
5. To increase your critical perception.
6. To expand your definition of what drawing is and, or can be.                                               

If you feel that you need reasonable accommodations because of the impact of a disability, please speak with me privately to discuss your needs, and/or contact the KOKUA Program (956-7511 or kokua@hawaii.edu). We will be very happy to work with you and/or the KOKUA Program.            

Requirements and Grading

Please print out this syllabus and regularly check Laulima emails and course resources.

1. Attendance is mandatory.
In order to learn how to draw, you must draw. 3 absences--no penalty, 4 absences--drop of 1 grade, 5 absences--2 grades, 6 absences--3 grades. 7 absences is automatic failure of the class.  Arriving 10 minutes late for a class is counted as an absence. All missed classwork must be made up.

Attendance is required because presentataions will not be repeated. If you miss a class it is your responsibility to get the class notes/assignments from another student.

University policy lists the 15 minute rule: please wait 15 minutes after the scheduled class time if the instructor is delayed.

2. Energy and Attitude:
I expect a real effort toward dealing with the issues that are presented. It is not the drawings alone that will be graded but also the effort expended and the growth attained. Participation in group critiques is an important part of your grade.

3. Outside Work in Field Book:
a. Homework: A minimum of 2 outside drawings a week will be required (this is 1 drawing for each course meeting or about 40 drawings total). They will be done from life and incorporate the issues discussed in class. You are expected to spend as much time working outside of class as you do in class. Expect to spend a minimum of 3 hours a week on homework. These drawings will be put up in class every week for a group critique. I do not accept late work.

The use of a sketchbook is an integral part of the course. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook for the duration of the class. All pages are to be consecutively dated at the bottom right, and be done in the style or approximate style of the current class topic. Drawings whould take between 10 and 30 minutes to complete. Dates where the sketchbook is with the instructor (portfolio subimssions) are not required. Your are graded on the QUANTITY not QUALITY, however drawings that are rushed and sloppy will not be counted. All drawings are from life (no pictures, or imaginary images). The Sketchbook/Homework is work 20% of your grade.

b. Individual Final Projects: A series of drawings will be assigned at the end of October to be completed and presented in class on the last day of instruction for a final critique.

4. Presentations:
Each student will be required to make a brief presentation (15 minutes maximum) on an artist's work taken from the accompanying list. I do not want a biographical statement but a description of their work in your own words. These are about Drawings and if you are not sure you are looking at drawings please check with me before your presentation. If you do not show drawings you will not receive credit. You will need create a Powerpoint presentation or to bring in books to show the class, not poor-quality images off the internet.

5. Final Grades:
Classwork           50%
Homework          20%
Participation        15%
Final Project        15%

3 Portfolio Submissions: Evaluation Criteria

Your work will be assessed on the following criteria:

1) Demonstration of your understanding and application of concepts
2) Completion of the creative problem solving process; quality of execution and presentation.

The portfolio submissions must be turned in on the due date. (Except for a valid reason [which will require official documentation], or prior notification, missing a deadline will result in a full letter grade reduction for at submission. Portfolios will not be accepted more than two weeks after the submission date.

A= Excellent Work
B= Above Average Work
C= Average Work
D= Below Average Work
F= Incomplete Work

All drawings are to be saved for a final review. Your name and date should be on the back of each drawing.

Please turn off all electronics!. Please keep talking to other students to a minimum. Exchange phone numbers with another student in class so you can get information if you are absent. The university requires that you check your hawaii.edu email frequently for important information. I will also send emails to you.

Materials List:

1 drawing board 18" x 24" or larger, and 2 bull clips (masonite)
Field Sketch Book 7" x 10" (Strathmore)
1 pad newsprint (rough texture, 18" x 24")
1 pad good quality drawing paper (Strathmore 400 or 300 Drawing Pad), 18" x 24"
1 portfolio (can be homemade from cardboard) 20" x 26"
value finder
framing Ls
art bin or art box

1 pkg Vine Charcoal (soft, medium soft)
6 sticks Char-Kole
1 stick compressed charcoal (Prismacolor)
2 sticks white chalk or conte crayon
2 charcoal pencils –4B and 6B (Prang paper wrapped, soft)
2 drawing Pencils–6B and 2B (Berol)

1 kneaded eraser
1 plastic eraser (Staedtler or Sanford)
1 leather chamois

3 sheets black construction paper or black charcoal paper, 18" x 24"
3 sheets gray or toned charcoal paper 18" x 24"
3 sheets watercolor or printmaking paper (will discuss later) 18" x 24"

1 bottle black permanent india or drawing ink
brushes (watercolor or acrylic, round or flat)
1 small container with lid

Sharpie Black Permanent Marker-Fine point (not extra fine)
pencil sharpener
ruler 18"
small plastic right angle
1 box
1 can spay fixative
lock to share

The materials listed above are required for this course. You do not have to have all of these materials for every class, but pay attention when you are asked to bring in something new. Consistent unpreparedness will be reflected in your final grade.

Please bring the following to the next class:
drawing pad
drawing board and clips
plastic eraser
white chalk or conte crayon
black paper
framing Ls
value finder
art bin or art box

Fall 2010

ART 113  

Instructor: Laura Ruby

All drawing is from observation.

Fall 2010 Sequence of course projects:

–Intro to the course–shoe-on-foot diagnostic drawing for homework.

–Illuminating Notations

Illuminating reflective surfaces–different materials –the ways light rays interact with objects, i.e. pencil in glass of water, tinfoil, transparent glass, translucent surface mat surface, metal, glass, different valued objects etc. – and the egg.

–Light Logic

–Value–additive (hatching) and subtractive, mid-toned paper additive and subtractive, idealized charcoal spheres, cloth (wash).

–Black and white set up–figure/ground, negative/positive, shape states.

–Value drawing from photo using different value drawing methods. compositional considerations also important.

–Sighting–boxes–proportion, angles.
–Elipses–mathematical approach–visual approach

–The proportional grid

–Line–weight–contour–gesture–charcoal, stick and ink--plumeria trees.

–1-pt. perspective

 (video: The Day the Universe Changed: Point of View)

–organizing the illusion of 3-D space

–string figures and
box as building with 1 door and 1 window on pedestal or table
draw 1 from a high - bird’s eye pt of view and
1 from a low - worm’s eye pt of view

–compositional framing strategies
 -bleeding off the picture plane

–2-pt. perspective–halls–buildings, interior, exterior–drawing the campus–also discussion about 3-pt. perspective
–Imaginary buildings

–Landscape–foreground–middle ground–background; atmospheric perspective, textures

–2 pt. perspective on location
–Mixed media–wash–inkline–charcoal

–Portraits–students drawing sculpture and classmate

–Abstract drawings portrait, still life, landscape --ala Cubism

–Final Project–3 drawings connected in content/theme


Laura Ruby

In Progress: December 2010