Syllabus

Course Objectives

Through full participation in this course you will

  • Practice basic, essential drawing skills with a variety of drawing media with the human figure as your primary subject matter
  • Demonstrate your skill and development in drawing from direct observation
  • Demonstrate your skill in the uses of the Principles of Organization as they relate to compositional arrangements in Drawing
  • Learn and demonstrate your learning of important elements and principles of drawing, design and aesthetics
  • Enhance your understanding of the role of the human figure in art making
  • Demonstrate your skill and development in the use of color in drawing
  • Enhance your critique skills and your ability to write about art
  • Enhance your understanding of the role Critical Thinking plays in art making
  • Continue to develop your sense of what it means to be a professional artist

In addition to those objectives noted above, you will also:

  • Develop a better understanding of the time and effort needed to create art
  • Demonstrate your ability to use your studio time effectively
  • Develop good studio habits
  • Be exposed to materials and concepts that should contribute to your further study in the arts

Attendance and Participation

Mandatory attendance. Habitual absences will result in the lowering of the final grade. If a student cannot manage to attend class or will be late, they are required to notify the professor prior to class beginning. Being “late” is defined as arriving after the instructor. Being more than 15 minutes late counts as an absence. Leaving class early without permission will count as an absence. Attendance will be noted at the beginning of every class period.

This is a studio class, come with all supplies needed and be prepared to work while in class. There are six hours of class per week and you should dedicate at least six hours of concentrated work per week outside of class.

Deadliness and revisions
Missing a deadline will be noted and will be taken into consideration at grading opportunities.

Classroom Etiquette
Student are expected to do their part in keeping the classroom in good shape. Clean off table tops, trash any scraps, push in stools/chairs at the end of each class session. DO NOT use X-Acto knives on the wooden table surfaces. DO NOT use Spray Mount in the building. Refrain from using toxic materials in the building. Do not blow on charcoal or pastel dust to clean surfaces – tip drawings over a trash can to remove this dust, clean tabletops with cleaner and a clean rag. Clean-up begins five minutes before end of class.

Any infractions to these rules will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Grading Criteria

Grading for ART202 is based upon two portfolios (One portfolio at midterm and one final portfolio at the end of the semester) along with weekly progress grades.

You will be graded upon the following criteria:

  • Drawing skill development
  • Observation skills
  • Use of media
  • Design/composition
  • Craft
  • Presentation
  • Consistency
  • Attitude
  • Improvement

Evaluation will be on the A – F scale.
A  – 100 to 90% – Excellent – superior
B  – 89 to 80% – Good – above average
C  – 79 to 70% – Average
D  – 69 to 60% – Below average
F  – 59% and below –  Failing

Grading Rubric

A – Exceptional

  • Exceeds/masters all course objectives
  • Attends all class meetings and is always prompt
  • Invests quality, productive time and energy in studio
  • Sets standards for fellow designers in work and professional demeanor (team player and leader)
  • Attentive to process
  • Work is completed on schedule without exception
  • Willing to revise and improve projects,techniques, and process

Will certainly do well professionally

B – Good

  • Meets course objectives (Exceeds or masters a few)
  • Attends most class meetings and is consistently prompt
  • Invests time and energy in studio
  • Often sets standards for fellow designers in work and professional demeanor
  • Attentive to process
  • Work is completed on schedule with little exception
  • Willing to revise and improve projects, techniques, and process

Will do well professionally

C – Average

  • Meets course objectives
  • Attends most class meetings
  • Inconsistent time and energy spent in studio
  • Often follows the standard set by fellow designers in work and professional demeanor
  • Inconsistently attentive to process
  • Work is completed on schedule with some exceptions willing to revise and improve projects, techniques, and process on occasion

May or may not remain in the field

D – Below Average

  • Meets few course objectives
  • Misses or is late to several class meetings
  • Does not invest sufficient time and energy in studio
  • Often falls below the standards set by fellow designers in work and professional demeanor
  • Inconsistently attentive to process
  • Work is often not completed on schedule and is poor quality
  • Does not initiate revisions and improvements on projects, techniques, and process

Encourage to seek another major

F – Failing

  • Does not meet course objectives
  • Does not attend most class meetings or is habitually late
  • Does not invest appropriate time and energy in studio
  • Falls below the standards set by fellow designers in work and professional demeanor
  • Inconsistently attentive to process
  • Work is often not completed on schedule and is poor quality
  • Fails to sufficiently revise or improve on projects, techniques, and process

Encourage to seek another major

Students with disabilities
Truman State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.

Permission
By enrolling in this Truman State University Art Department course, permission is granted by the student, to the university to use any artwork, designs or illustrations, as demonstrative samples of student work for the stated course, in competitions, university publications, websites or multimedia promotions.

Code of conduct
Ethical Practices In keeping with university policy. Student Conduct Code Sect. 8.050.1 and common standards of integrity and professional practice, plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is grounds for expulsion from the university and/or disciplinary action within the course and/or program. Copying someone else’s work or lifting ideas from a source outside your own inspiration and presenting it as your own work is an act of cowardice that will result in immediate dismissal from the course and/or failing grades for the assignment and semester.