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Art Studio: Drawing

ARTS 001 Z2 (CRN: 61823)

3 Credit Hours

About ARTS 001 Z2

Introductory study of visual experience through drawing and its transformation of the three-dimensional visual world onto a two-dimensional surface. Emphasis varies with Instructor.


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Dates: July 16 - August 10, 2018; Lab Fee $95; This is a 3 credit studio art class which requires more contact hours than a conventional course.

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Section Description

ART 1 - Drawing & Nature Summer 2018 Cameron Davis Room 416 Williams Office hours by appointment DESCRIPTION: Arts 001 Drawing & Nature is fundamentally a skills-based class employing multiple strategies of seeing in order to develop ways to translate three-dimensions onto a two-dimensional surface through the use of graphic mediums such as pencil, charcoal, conte crayon, ink and pastel. Concepts of composition, abstraction and decision-making, and inquiry into the nature of what constitutes drawing are considered. During this summer class we will be taking advantage of drawing outside. Assignments will consider both the historic responses to the landscape, as well as contemporary understanding and use. The work will engage some environmental thought including "perceiving ecologically" (Perceptual Psychologist, Laura Sewell) as a framework for larger projects. The notion of drawing "practice" is emphasized through homework sketchbook exercises to re-enforce concepts and strategies. CONCEPTS: We will cover some and perhaps all (time allowing) of the following terms and concepts: Line " Diagrammatic " Expressive " Delineating contour (blind/pure and modified) " Line as value Shape " Shape of volumes " Value shapes " Shape as an agent of direction and energy " Character of shape " Positive and negative space shapes and their role in composition Value " Effect of light on volume " Value as an expressive force " Values as an agent of composition Perspective " Visual perspective and foreshortening 1. Sighting for angles 2. Sighting for proportions Volume " Three basic approaches to structure 1. Structural line groupings "terrain" indicating lines 2. Shapes of light and shadow with sensitive gradation of value 3. Combination of the above two Visual Issues - the forming of order " Composition " Format " Role of the following design elements: variety, repetition, unity, harmony, balance Representation " Observation " Envisioned Abstraction " "Taken from" observed and envisioned sources and visually rethought " Semi-abstract to pure abstraction Non-Objective Transparencies " Implied and literal Other Misc. " Additive and subtractive drawing techniques SUPPLIES: All of your materials are supplied through your lab fee All assignments can be done with the supplies given. You may want to use optional supplies for your final project, but it is not necessary. HOMEWORK: " Please Note: ALWAYS bring your portfolio AND ART SUPPLIES to class. FINAL PROJECT CRITIQUE - MANDATORY FOR FULL CREDIT GRADES BASED ON THE FOLLOWING: PORTFOLIO REVIEWS Mid-term portfolio Final Portfolio Sketchbook I reserve the right to collect and grade assignments any time after they are due.

Section Expectation

ATTENDANCE POLICY: " More than two absences will result in one letter grade drop " Repeated late class arrival equals an absence. " More than 4 absences results in class failure " All missed work must be made up for full credit. LETTER GRADE CRITERIA Grades will be based on the quality of the assignment work (understanding of visual concepts, originality, mastery of techniques/materials, and problem awareness), class participation in discussions and critiques, and dedication to self-directed work. A: The "A" student exhibits keen attention to craft, concept and presentation. S/he understands the potential in each assignment and creates artwork that surpasses expectations. The "A" student is always well prepared for class, asks great questions, and is not afraid to take risks. An "A" student always strives for a greater understanding, inspiration and clarity in his/her work, shows evidence of extensive outside class work, and has an excellent attendance record. B: The "B" student completes all assignments with care paid to craft and presentation. The "B" student understands the formal and conceptual principles of each assignment, and participates in critiques and discussions. The "B" student's work improves throughout the semester. C: The "C" student adequately completes all assignments, but only does the minimum required. The "C" student sometimes participates in critiques or discussions but rarely extends or stretches themselves through their artwork. The "C" student's work improves little over the semester. D: The "D" student completes most, but not all, of the class assignments on time. The Quality of craft and presentation in the work is consistently below average, and the "D" student doesn't voluntarily participate in critiques or discussions. A "D" student is often unprepared for class, and demonstrates little improvement over the course of the semester. F: The "F" student is a rarity, having shown an utter disregard for the structure of the class or an interest in assignments. Work is unfinished, sloppy, and incomplete. An "F" student usually has an unacceptable attendance record. EMAIL: Be sure to have an active university email account that you check regularly, as I will periodically send emails to the class CELL PHONES: Please turn off your cell phones and other electronic devices before entering the classroom. No texting in class please. MUSIC: There will be studio times where headphones are appropriate. I ask that you do so with one ear bud out so that you can also participate in the spontaneous instruction that occurs during studio time. I reserve the right to change this at any time if I deem it to be an advantage to the classroom climate. There are some assignments where this will not be appropriate. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Thank you for your high, and ethical, academic standards! Your work should always be your own unless otherwise appropriately cited. The Code of Academic Integrity is taken seriously here at the University of Vermont. Your integrity, my integrity, and the integrity of the entire academic community, is at stake. To read the Code of Academic Integrity visit the Center for Student Ethics and Standards website:


Midterm and final portfolio reviews Sketchbooks Final project




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