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ARTS 1010 Drawing I



Georgia Highlands College

ARTS 1010: Drawing I


80006                                                                                     Brian Barr

Fall  2017                                                               

TR 9:30-12:15

Prerequisites: none                                                               (706) 802-5656 (office)

Text: none                                                                              office # 125


Office hours:  MW 1-3 pm, TR 12-3 pm, or by appointment.


Designed primarily for potential art majors and others interested in studio art work, this course emphasizes the development of basic drawing skills and artistic intuition through the use of traditional drawing techniques and media.  The majority of the work will focus on direct observation (still-life, landscape, portrait, and self-portrait) with emphases on structural form, spatial illusion, and expressive line-quality. This course is a prerequisite for all studio classes.


Course Outcomes for ARTS 1010 (Drawing I)


  • Students will demonstrate the ability to address and evaluate complex visual and conceptual themes in the creation of their artworks.


  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the visual elements and principles of design in the creation of their art works.


  • Students will be able to produce sustained, investigative drawings that make accurate visual statements of forms in space.


  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique artwork from various perspectives using relevant terminology.


Class Policies:

  • Students are expected to come to class prepared with all supplies and materials needed for that day, and to be set up and ready to work within five minutes of the start of class.
  • Based on Humanities School Policy, a student who misses five classes may not return to the class without appealing to the division chair. This appeal must be made within 3-5 days. Otherwise the student may not return to the class and no appeal will be allowed.
  • Students should not receive cell phone calls or leave the class during studio time.
  • Laptop computer are not to be used in class without permission.  Advance notice will be given for when and how computers are to be used in this course.
  • Students are not allowed to use music devices (radios, Discmans, mp3 players, etc.) during class time.  These devices may be used when working in the studio outside of class, but the users are required to wear headphones and turn volume low.
  • No studio equipment (such as power tools and printing press) is to be used without permission.



  • Students are expected to spend at least 3 to 4 hours outside of class working on homework assignments.  There are 10 homework assignments worth 10 points each.  See the attached rubric for grading criteria.
  • Homework drawings are to be ready for presentation (on good paper, free of tape, displayed on wall) at the beginning of class.  Drawings must be presented in this manner in order to be counted.  Late homework can only be turned in the following class period and will receive two (2) points off automatically.
  • Students are responsible for homework, even if they missed the day it was assigned (check homework schedule).
  • Students are expected to maintain a sketchbook/journal (minimum size 11” x 14”) for regular use outside of class.  Sketchbooks will be collected prior to both midterm (25 points) and the final class period (25 points).  Check below for evaluation criteria  
  • For the final you will be required to present a portfolio containing 8 homework drawings, 15 classroom drawings, and the series of 5 final still-life drawings. The portfolio is worth a possible 100 points.   
  • The grading system works like this: Divide total points earned (homework, sketchbook, and portfolio) by 250.  1-.9 = A, .89-.80 = B, .79-.70 = C, .69-.60 = D., .59-0.0 = F.


Things to Remember:


  • You most likely will get messy when drawing, so bring a change of clothes or an old shirt to wear.
  • Take advantage of the studio outside of class.  It is open to enrolled art students anytime that there is not a class in session during hours of operation (8am to 9pm, Monday through Thursday).  Please let security know ahead of time
  • Help keep the studio clean, throw away all trash at the end of class. 
  • You will not have time to run to the bookstore during class, so make sure that you keep track of your materials and re-supply when needed.
  • There is no book required for this class, but you may be given a number of handouts, so keep track of them.


Basic Topic Outline (subject to change):


1st day                         syllabus/ materials

week 1                         orientation and exercises

week 2                         negative space/measurement

week 3                         gesture/contour

week 4                         anatomy of head and face/self-portrait studies

week 5                         linear perspective

week 6                         linear perspective

week 7                         planar analysis

week 8                        value

week 9                         subject matter/portrait

week 10                       design principles – balance/emphasis

week 11                       mood still-life

week 12                       multimedia/matting and presentation

week 13                       long still-life

week 14                       long still-life

week 15                       long-still-life

last day of class         work on portfolios

Dec 12                         Last day to turn in portfolio.


Sketchbook Requirements:


  • Students should work in sketchbooks, inside and outside of class, on a regular basis.  All entries should be dated.
  • Though there will be the occasional assigned exercise, students are expected to work independently in their sketchbooks.  The books may be reviewed at any time by the instructor and will be collected on two specified days for evaluation and grading (25 points at each evaluation period for a total of 50 points towards final grade). 
  • Sketchbook grades will be based on quality of work (10 points), intensity of effort (10 points), and adherence to guidelines (5 points).
  • Aside from written entries, a good goal would be for students to fill 30 pages by midterm, and then fill another 30 to 40 by the final collection.
  • Students should make at least one written entry on a weekly basis.  These entries can be fairly brief, but should show evidence of effort and introspection.  This aspect of the sketchbook project is meant to give students a chance to explore course concepts in more depth (It is not appropriate to simply re-state what was covered in class).  Here are some suggestions:

    • Write a paragraph evaluating your own progress
    • Write a summary/response to in-class critiques and discussions
    • Write an analysis of any thoughts, comments, or questions that have occurred to you outside of class.
    • Write an analysis of material that you feel is relevant to the course (outside reading, museum visits, etc.)


Portfolio Requirements:


  • Portfolios must be clean, with your name and class clearly written in the upper left hand corner of the open side.
  • Portfolios must include: 8 homework drawings, 15 classroom drawings, and the series of 5 final still-life drawings.  Only these drawings will be accepted.
  • Separate each group from each other.  Just a piece of newsprint, on top of each group, designating that it is Homework, Class-work, or Series is fine.
  • Do not include any artwork done for other classes (high school, previous college work, etc.).  If it was not done for this class or does not fit the concepts of this class, it will not be counted.
  • Do not just throw everything in there!  The ability to select your best pieces and to present them in a professional manner is part of being an artist, and so therefore, a part of this class.  Incorrectly prepared portfolios will automatically receive 10 points off!



Policies on student conduct and academic integrity:


Disability Statement: “Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the college Access Center (706: 802-5003) to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  You are also welcome to contact me privately to discuss your specific needs.”


This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class.  Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 

Extended Absence Policy

         “Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course.

If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.”

The instructor reserves the right to alter the dates, material covered or format of any exam after notifying the student in advance





Homework Schedule:


Due Date:                    Basic Description:


Sep 07                        Negative space

Sep 14                        Cross-contour still-life

Sep 28                        Self-portrait

Oct 05                        Black/white abstraction

Oct 19                        Cityscape Drawing

Oct 31                        Value Drawing

Nov 09                       Ink Drawing

Nov 16                       Student-choice

Nov 30                      Self-portrait in Environment

Dec 07                       Extended drawing/redo

Dec 12                      Last Day to turn in portfolios.


Sketchbook Collection Dates:


Oct 10                      Midterm

Dec 12                      Final