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Kaskaskia College

 Course Syllabus   


Course Description:

Emphasis is on invention and formal concerns.  Explorations into abstraction, objective and fabricated image making are covered in this class.  Course includes vocabulary development, critical analysis activities, and reference to historic models of drawing.

Course Objectives:

  1.   to develop strong skills in observation

  2.   to cultivate visual analysis of perceived form

  3.   to translate what is seen and perceived into graphic imagery

  4.   to competently use drawing media and techniques as a means of personal expression

  5.   to learn how to critically analyze personal work and that of classmates according to accepted criteria



  Required Textbook

   Title:A Guide to Drawing

   Authors:  Mendelowitz/Wakeman

   Copyright Date 2003   Edition: 6th

   Publishing Co.:  Thompson  Wadsworth 

 Course Requirements:

     1.  Attend all classes.  With 3 absences your grade drops one letter grade.)

     2.  be on time and stay for the whole class period

     3.  participate in all class exercises

     4. complete all drawing assignments

     5. read the whole textbook, particularly the assigned segments

     6. have all drawing materials at all class meetings

     7. Participate by observation and vocalization in all class critiques

     8. Keep a sketchbook. Work in it daily. Prepare all drawing assignments by visually organizing, studying and planning          in this book.

     9.Adopt an openness and curiosity with new and unfamiliar ideas and methods.



1. Each student is evaluated on the basis of improvement of his/her art ability when he/she began the course.

2. Each student's evaluation is determined by how effectively he/she satisfies the objectives of each   individual project

3.Each student is evaluated/critiqued on each completed painting, and at mid-term and final.

4. Dicsiplined use of time in studio completion of works on time in addition to having supplies.

5. Ability to think and evaluate constructively and creatively and participation in critiques..

6.Techniques demonstrated and ability to experiment with new materials.

7. 8 completed drawings for the semester.


 Grades will be based on an evaluation of studio work, participation in critiques, and written test and group  and individual critiques. Participation in studio art courses is essential. It is important for students in studio courses to realize that your final grade will be affected  by your ATTENDANCE. Attendance is not simply  important-it is required as the definition of a studio class. Passing the class, by state requirements, demands a specific number of completed studio hours. In addition, a studio course has a gestalt  component interaction with a group. Valuable input is offered from each student during class critiques and in your  demonstrations of individual  points of view and techniques.  Some assignments are discussed,  critiqued and completed during class studio-time.  Missed interactions cannot be made-up.  If you miss  more than 6 classes, you will immediately fail the course.  (After 3 absences each additional  absence will  lower your final grade by a letter grade.)  TIMELY Submission of work  is necessary (if late, your project will lose points.)


 1. Portfolio of drawings 

      8 major drawings

 2.  Sketchbook

 3. Participation in critiques

 4. Homework on time

 5. Critiques

   a.  Discussion in critiques

   b.  Willingness to learn & improve work

   c. Supportive to studio/class environment

 6. The student will be graded on their projects, test scores ( MID-TERM, FINAL) and their active participation in the daily activities of  the class, which includes  being prepared for and being involved in critiques and working with the proper studio materials.


              A =    Excellent work with mastery of the principles of drawing with consistent growth i

              B =    Good work with a good grasp of the principles of drawing with strong effort to invent.

              C =   Competent work with basic understanding of the principles of drawing but  technical                        problems that should be addressed.Adequate effort.

              D =   Poor work with a failure to overcome old habits,lacking technical and inventiveskills.

              F =   Lacking understanding and practice of drawing skills. Failure to do work. Poor attitude. 

General Course Outline: 

A          Development of basic form

            1.         spatial representation

            2.         volume representation

            3.         relative value

            4.         charcoal media

            5.         Design composition


B.         Translation of surface perception

            1.         textural surface

            2.         contour definition

            3.         selective detail

            4.         graphite media


C.         Representing spatial perspectives

            1.         linear perspective

            2.         vantage and vanishing points

            3.         for shortening

            4.         distortions of spatial illusion


D.         Interpreting organic forms

            1.         live plant contour

            2.         complex plans

            3.         arrested movement/growth

            4.         pen & ink media


E.        The kinds of paper artist’s use

            1.          Mark making in charcoal

            2.          Mark making in graphite

            3.          Mark making in ink





  • Students should come to class on time, if not early
  • Your drawing should be finished
  • Be prepared to show your composition studies from our sketch book
  • Prepare to discuss how you solved the problems inherent in the assignment
  • Explain how you made the assignment uniquely yours
  • Discuss the formal elements employed in the drawing
  • Acknowledge successes of the drawing and possible improvements
  • Hang the paper straight and it should be cleaned up of smudges and fingerprints

    These are objective discussions of assigned drawings.  Missing a critique is like missing a test.  Hospitalization, a death in the immediate family, or a very serious traffic accident are legitimate reasons to miss critique.  Come prepared to discuss your work and the work of fellow students.  Eight of the 25-point drawings will be group critiqued.  Participation points are given for how well you discuss your work and what comments you make about other peoples work.  Since drawing is a means of communication, class mates are required to give their perceptions of each other’s work. 



  A sketchbook is an essential companion for all serious art students. Have it with you in class and at all times. Make it  a  part of your routine. The book can be used for small “thumbnail sketches” or more finished sketches to prepare for a final work. You should rehearse final drawings at least 2 times beforwe attempting a finished work.This will allow  you to do the problem solving ahead and to make successful decisions and choices in your final drawing. .In addition, do studies of what you see around you. You should be  drawing  everyday. Apply  whatever  idea we are working on in class to random views as well as assignments.The sketchbooks are reviewed at mid-term and in the final portfolio if not more often.



Do not roll or fold drawings.They should be kept flat and preserved with tissue paper between them. Drawings should  be kept clean and  neat for future presentation at portfolio review and at other times in your art career.. You  can make your  portfolio out of 2 stiff pieces of cardboard that are  at least  24” X 35”. Hinge themtogether with  duct tape along one 35” side of each so that they open out flat.  Punch holes in the sides at 2 or 3  points and insert  string or shoe laces that can be tied to keep papers from sliding out of  the sides. Punch holes at  the “top”, opposite the  hinged “bottom” so that you can make 2 handles out of string. Put your name, class,  semester, phone number, and address in dark bold printing on the outside of the portfolio. Most finished drawing projects will fill the picture  plane of an 18 X 24 inch piece of paper. Most should be done in charcoal. Improvements to the drawings can  be made upon suggestions received at critique for increased points.USE FIXATIVE WITH CAUTION AND NOTIN STUDIO



  •           #2 pencils
  •           HB, #2B, 4B, 6B graphite drawing pencils
  •           Ebony drawing pencil
  •           Graphite stick
  •           Black fine line marker-felt tip
  •           Black thick line marker
  •           Kneaded eraser
  •           Pink Pearl eraser
  •          Oil pastels ,Colored pencils,Watercolor pencils,Pastel pencils
  •          Charcoal pencils, black and white
  •          Tortillons (stump for blending graphite and charcoa
  •          Conte pencils or sticks (light and dark sanguine and sepia, black and white)
  •         Masking tape
  •         Medium pointed watercolor brush (#10)
  •         Sketch pad- 9x12  or  11x14


 Learning Outcomes for the Art Program

 The diverse art courses have as cohesiveness an underlying philosophical pedagogy, based on the Getty  Foundation and the  Rand Corporation's report on art in the Humanities.  We think the instruction of  art should  encompass four major categories: Studio, History, Criticism, and Aesthetics.  Only by incorporating all four areas  will true appreciation emerge and that is why KC  believes in the discipline-based approach to art education. Ultimately, the student will be able to produce, describe, interpret, and assess art.  More specifically, the students will be able to do the following:


 I. Studio   (ARTO 101,102, 111, 112, 204, 214,103,118,116,117)


              1. Consider what material--clay, paper, metal, stone, etc.--best depict their subject.

              2. Decide what visual elements--lines, colors, shapes--best communicate their feelings

              3. Understand how visual forms of communication differ from talking and writing.

              4. Appreciate the different contributions artists have made in their various fields

              5.  Apply skills to service learning opportunities.


III.  History  (ARTO 105, 205, 106,107)


   1. Know specific information about the artists' personal lives.

   2. Understand the function and contributions of various art works.

   3. Appreciate the cultural contexts in which they were made.

   4. Explain how art has changed over the years.

 III. Criticism  (All ARTO)


   1. Understand the process of analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating art

   2. Critique the underlying biases and judgments we have about art.

   3. Appreciate, however, the fundamental need for knowledge   used in criticism.

   4. Make informed judgments by observing, discriminating, comparing/ contrasting art

   5. Use expressive language to explain their assessments.

IV.  Aesthetics  (All ARTO)


  1. Pursue answers to questions such as the following:

      A. What is art?

      B. What do artworks offer which other objects do not?

      C. What is the unique nature of the experience that can result from looking at art?



                                                                                                    DIANA HANSEN

                                                                                                    EXT. 3337                                                                                                              DHANSEN@KASKASKIA.EDU

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