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Drawing II Syllabus


Georgia Highlands

ARTS 1011: Drawing II


80007                                                                                      Brian Barr

Fall 2017                                                                  

TR 9:30 – 12:15                     

Prerequisites: ARTS 1010                                                   (706) 802-5656 (office)

Text: none                                                                              office # 125


Office hoursMW 1-3, TR 12-3, or by appointment


Designed primarily for potential art majors and others interested in studio art work.  This course expands upon basic skills taught in Drawing I (ARTS 1010) and introduces new materials and avenues of expression with a special emphasis on color and design. The majority of work will still focus on direct observation, though more experimental techniques and concepts will also be addressed.  More emphasis will be placed on creating complex, sustained artworks by utilizing design principles (balance, unity, etc.) and self-analysis.


Course Outcomes for ARTS 1011 (Drawing II)


  • 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 8 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 5 homework drawings, 5 classroom drawings, and the final large-scale drawings. The portfolio is worth a possible 100 points.  
  • The grading system works like this: Divide total points earned (homework, sketchbook, and portfolio) by 230.  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:


1st day                        syllabus/ materials

week 1                         orientation and exercises

week 2                         gesture/surface/time-elapse

week 3                         atmospheric perspective

week 4                         value/drapery study

week 5                         cast drawing

week 6                         gesture/figure drawing

week 7                         color

week 8                         portrait

week 9                         narrative still-life

week 10                      modernist perspective/anti perspective

week 11                       illustration-composition

week 12                       masterwork/appropriation

week 13                       perspective and emphasis

week 14                       large scale

week 15                       large scale

last day                       work on portfolios


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: 5 homework drawings, 5 classroom drawings, and the large-scale drawing.  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 classStudents 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

Info on House Bill 280

Homework Schedule:


Due Date:                    Basic Description:


Aug 31                    Self-portrait

Sep 12                     Compositional Experiment

Sep 26                     Drapery Study

Oct 10                     Mixed Media

Oct 24                     Color Drawing

Nov 14                    Anti-perspective

Nov 28                     Masterwork

Dec 07                   Large scale

Dec 12                    Last Day to turn in portfolios, due by 2 p.m.


Sketchbook Collection Dates:


Oct 10                       Midterm

Dec 12                        Final


There may be additional class projects assigned and some Homework assignments may be adjusted to fit the schedule.  Advanced notice will be given as to any changes to the project workload.