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					                                             * Drawing 1*
               Beginning Drawing * San Francisco State Spring 2007
                                   Monday – Wednesday 9-12
                   Professor: Lisa Solomon *
            Office 293B * 415-338-1591 * Office hours are Mon 12-1 and are by appointment
                              Copy of syllabus is available at:

GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: We are going to utilize drawing as our basis for exploration into
composition. Drawing has been the most basic of all art skills from prehistoric times to the present.  It
is essential to all art and design disciplines: painting, sculpture, printmaking, fine crafts, architecture,
interior design, industrial design, fashion design, and even for the performing arts such as theater and

Drawing is the most democratic of all art forms; it is a common denominator for people worldwide.
Drawings are valued not only for their accessibility but also for their intimacy and their use in working
through ideas. This is called visual thinking, and along with much practice at making and looking at
drawings comes the more evolved stage of visual literacy.

The process of drawing develops a heightened awareness of the visual world, an awareness that is both
subjective (knowing how you feel about things) and objective (understanding how things actually
operate.) It provides a new format for stating what you already know about the world and a system for
learning and understanding what you don’t.  Drawing teaches you to observe, distinguish and relate.

We will consider drawing in a very broad scope – media of all kind will be used, encouraged and
explored. The hope and goal is that by the end of the course you will have a good idea of how things
operate in space and how to render them in ways that are meaningful and useful to you.

GENERAL COURSE ASSIGNMENTS: You will be REQUIRED to keep an art sketchbook/journal. It should be
9” x 12” in size and can be spiral or book bound. Keeping a sketchbook can accelerate your progress in
drawing. It can be used for practicing observational drawing outside the studio or for recording notes
on ideas or visual observations in written form. It can function like a scrapbook or diary or a
combination of all of the above. It is the best place to work out ideas visually because it is always at
hand so you MUST carry it around with you. Use it to take notes during lectures and critiques and as a
catchall for things that inspire you. You will receive assignments that you may complete in your
sketchbook and you WILL turn it in for a grade.

Every Three Fridays or over the weekend you must go and look at art. Where you look and what you
look at is your prerogative. Although this course is focused on drawing, you do not need to seek out a
drawing or drawing exhibit. You can go to local Museums, galleries, cafes, etc. You must write a one-
page response to an artwork you viewed. Consider your initial response to the work; also think about
the qualities that make the piece successful or unsuccessful and comment. Please include a postcard or
other material from the show – ticket stub, press release, etc. Please also include a thumbnail sketch
of the piece you have written about. Your responses are due EVERY THREE MONDAYS.

Please see other class guidelines at the end of the syllabus.
JAN 24

Introduction to the class, syllabus, materials list
Upsidedown drawing

HOMEWORK: Read handout on Contour

JAN 29

Slide lecture: Contour
Blind Contour Studies: Hands on newsprint and bristol

Jan 31

Blind and Regular Contour Studies: Vegetables and Feet on newsprint and bristol

HOMEWORK: do a contour study of your bed (unmade) including the pillow(s) 18”x 24” bristol, any
media + read handout on cross contour


Bed Contour Due
Cross Contour Studies: ginger/radishes or pinecones on newsprint


Show more Vik Muniz
Wire Project: 3-D study of your shoe : you are going to re-create your shoe in wire. Think about making
contour and cross contour lines with the wire

HOMEWORK: Wrap a 3-D object in grid paper and draw the grid, 18”x 24” bristol, any media + Art


Lat day to add

FEB 12

Art Response + Wrapped Object drawing due
Slide lecture: Still life/negative space
Negative Space: make 3 view finders in class out of index cards.
Create drawings of a still life working from ONLY the negative space – filling it in – 18” x 24” newsprint
Start by making thumbnail sketches in your sketchbook

FEB 14

Demo on Ink washes
Negative Space + Cross Contour: Plant drawing. Today do a series of studies to figure out what you
want to do

HOMEWORK: Continue on this drawing
FEB 19

Negative Space + Cross Contour: Plant drawing continue min. 24” x 36” Bristol/arches

HOMEWORK: Giant Leaf Cross Contour Drawings – 2 @ 18” x 24”

FEB 20

Last day to drop

FEB 21

Blind contour – hands, vegetables, feet, Cross contour – ginger/radish/pinecone, Plant Drawing
Wire Shoe Sculpture

FEB 26

Gesture: drawing the figure + Contour: drawing the figure

FEB 28

Gesture: drawing the figure + Blind Contour and Negative Space: drawing the figure

HOMEWORK: Art Response + gestures of objects. Pick 5-10 objects in your house and capture their


Art Response + object gestures due
Gesture: Out in Public. Gestures of people in life.

HOMEWORK: get a minimum of 50 gestures in your sketchbook. Watch a sporting event, watch TV,
watch animals…..


Slides: organizational line
Organizational Line: extending your lines and filling space (sighting)– draw a pile of chairs, large arches
paper, draw while standing

HOMEWORK: draw your desk from the perspective of a mouse 18” x 24” Bristol + think about an idea
for the next homework assignment: 20 hour NO ERASE drawing!! – min. 24” x 36”. For this project I
want you to think about layering a drawing. Think about documentation. How you can differentiate
time frames. What will hold your interest for this long? And remember you are not allowed to erase.


Proposals for 20 hour drawing due + desk perspective drawing
Continue Organizational Line

HOMEWORK: 20 hour drawing

Slides: perspective
Exterior Perspective: Draw Outside – 3, 50-60 minute drawing of 2 different locales, 18” x 24” Bristol


Exterior Perspective: Draw Outside #2 – 1 drawing, place of your choice, 22” x 30” Bristol or bigger

HOMEWORK: 20 hour drawing + Collect things to bring in for next class drawings


Interior Perspective: Floor and Wall/ Corner of room drawings 22” x 30” Bristol or bigger
HOMEWORK : Art Response


Art Response Due
Gestures: 2 figure from class, 2 other, Organizational Line, Exterior Perspective, Interior Perspective


Gestures: 2 figure from class, 2 other, Organizational Line, Exterior Perspective, Interior Perspective


Value: 2 and 3 value crumpled paper studies – 18” x 24” bristol,

HOMEWORK: 20 hour drawing + value scales using at least 4 media


Value: Drapery Study – 24” x 36” Bristol/arches

HOMEWORK : Art Repsonse + 20 hour drawing

!!! APRIL 9-13 :: SPRING BREAK !!!


Art Response Due
Value: Drapery Study – reduction + re-drawing, 24” x 36” Bristol/arches

HOMEWORK: last part of 20 hour drawing


20 hour Drawing, 4 Value Studies

Figure Drawing: A model in space – 3 - 50 minute poses


Value in Space: drawing by candlelight

HOMEWORK : go and create a set of xerox’s of objects and your hands/face on the bed. Minimum 5

Last day to withdraw


Xerox reduction drawings

HOMEWORK: Final Project Proposals (ideas include: life size self portrait, part of the body self portrait,
a time based drawing, intense 2 week observational drawing, multiples)


Sketchbooks Due
Finish Xerox drawings + Work on Final Projects
HOMEWORK : Art Response


Art Response Due
Work on Final Projects


Work on Final Projects

MAY 14 & 16

Figure drawing, Candlelight drawing, Xerox Reduction drawing, Final Project

An “A” equals exceptional work, self-initiative, and attendance. You will be given a grade for each
class project. Your sketchbook is worth 10% of your grade, your final project is 20% and all other
projects are 50%. The final 20% will be based on participation and improvement. Your assignments are
due at the BEGINNING of class – late work is NOT accepted unless arrangements have been made with
the instructor. You can discuss any class or grade issues during class times, or email me to make a
separate appointment.

After three absences, your grade will go down one step with each additional absence. Arriving late or
leaving early will be accumulated and applied towards this grade, three occurrences equals one
absence. Eight absences will result in a course grade no higher than a “D”. Attending critiques is the
equivalent of examinations; therefore, attendance is critical to grading. All excuses need to be in
writing! It is virtually impossible to get an “A” in the class if you miss more than 1 class. You are
required to make up any assignments that you miss or risk getting “F’s” on them.

Primary factors in determining the course participation grade are self- initiative, willingness to
experience limitations and unknowns, participation in class lectures, demonstrations, and group
critiques. Also considered will be your use of time, activities surrounding research, and competence in
materials and techniques. Having your needed supplies and being prepared to work is paramount,
including doing whatever outside research is necessary to proceed. YOU MUST COME TO CLASS READY

Primary factors in determining the course improvement area are overall change from first to last work,
conscientiousness in application of principles or concepts and demonstrated ability to understand

*       9”x12” spiral or bound sketchbook with hard cover
*       24” x 36” drawing board
*       black felt tip pen (giant sharpies are good)
*       black ball-point pen
*       black ink + 2 other colors of your choice
*       bamboo brushes (2 different sizes)
*       18 x 24 drawing pad (Bristol)
*       18 x 24 newsprint pad (100 sheets)
*       3 sheets 22”x 30” Utrecht or Arches cover paper
•       3 sheets 24”x 36” Utrecht or Arches cover paper [you can also substitute a roll of paper – Strathmore or
something similar – drawing paper]
*       compressed charcoal (several sizes/ versions of vine)
*       various pencils/charcoal pencils/woodless pencils
*       white pastel stick (NOT oil pastel)
*       white conté crayon
*       black conté crayon
*       kneaded eraser
*       white plastic eraser
*       art gum eraser
*       pencil sharpener
*       spray fixative (always use outside or in a spray booth)
*       a portfolios (Utrecht has cheap 22” x 30” cardboard ones, or you can make one or out of 2 sheets of 22x30
        inch foamcore or chipboard and some packing tape and binder clips)
*       box/container for supplies
*       mirror 
*       16-20 gauge wire
*       needle-nosed pliers with wire-cutter

other materials may be required for certain assignments

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