drawing 3 - syllabus

Prerequisite – Drawing 2 with a C or better grade.
Students at this level will continue developing the drawing portion of their portfolio by
producing a rendering, a study in pastels, extended study in figures with the use of
charcoal or pastel and finally a study in portraits with pastel. The first seven weeks will
be dedicated to the rendering and introduction to pastels. Weeks eight through twelve
will address pastels in greater depth, the figure and portrait. Drawing is the foundation of
painting and sculpture; therefore a review of drawing and sketching will be given at the
beginning of the second six weeks.
The following class syllabus is general. Many factors may alter the class syllabus
including the trimester, available light, composition of the class, natural ability,
foundations in art, number of students, student’s frame of reference, experience in
drawing/sketching, student desire, student dedication, etc…
1) Class rules and student responsibilities will be given and stressed.
2) Student seating in the classroom will be explained in relationship to the project,
available light and number of students.
3) Class fees will be explained in terms of portfolio, drawing supplies, matting
supplies and paper.
First full day
1) Class rules
2) Presentation of a rendering and the student’s need of a small black and white
photograph. A color photograph may be used only if the student has produced a
black and white rendering.
3) The rendering will be address and structured as a student commission. ¼ of the
rendering will need to be finished each week for four weeks. During the first
week, students will select, layout and refine their rendering in preparation for the
actual rendering. Rendering techniques will be taught and practiced.
4) Weekly critiques will be given each Monday. Students will evaluate their quality,
hourly rate they could charge if this were a commission, and ¼ completion.
5) Examples of student rendering will be shown and critiqued as to composition,
quality, commission completion and presentation.
Second full day
1) Students will bring in a variety of photographs, which they feel is quality reference
material, for a class critique.
2) Great composition is essential for the success of a rendering.
3) Poor composition, lack of clarity in focus, and complexity of photograph, all add
to the frustration during a rendering.
4) Self-discipline, meeting deadlines, being focused and striving for quality are vital
elements in a successful rendering.
5) Examples of poor renderings will finally be shown to reinforce the factors of
Third full day
1) Once the student’s have a quality photograph, approved by the teacher, supplies
will be given.
2) Rendering techniques will be taught and the student will have a sample rendering
assignment due within three days.
3) Students should expect mistakes at the beginning.
4) After the sample rendering assignment is accepted, the students will be given the
final rendering sample assignment due the second full Monday of class.
5) The last portion of the rendering assignment will be the student’s own rendering
technique. This technique may be used if the student wishes.
Fourth full day
1) Students will work on the sample rendering assignment in class. This assignment
is due the next day.
2) Rendering techniques are hard at the beginning, but in time the student will
understand and succeed.
Fifth full day
1) It is hoped that all students will have succeeded in mastering the rendering
technique and their own technique.
2) Once the sample rendering is accepted, students will have the weekend to
complete the final rendering sample.
3) Layout of the rendering will be addressed. A grid layout is highly recommended.
Second week
1) Final rendering sample is due. Layout procedures will begin.
2) Students will have two – three days to complete the rendering layout.
3) Refinement of the layout will take two days.
4) Without a complete layout, students will not be allowed to begin their commission
5) Students will estimate their ¼ completion assignment, hours to complete and
hourly wage they feel the quality work warrants.
Third full week
1) Student critique on their rendering technique, layout and assignment begin.
2) Daily class work on rendering
Fourth full week
1) Class critique. ¼ of the rendering must be completed. Quality, hours, hourly rate
and completion will all be factors in the student quarterly grade.
2) Parents will be notified if quarterly completion is not reached.
3) Remainder of the week will be dedicated to rendering
Fifth full week
1) Similar to week four, ½ of rendering must be completed.
2) ½ rendering evaluation.
Sixth full week
1) ¾ rendering completed
2) ¾ rendering evaluation.
Seventh full week
1) Rendering is completed.
2) Class critique to establish completion, estimated commission work on an hourly
rate and also total rendering project price. Some customers prefer to commission
a total price rather than hourly rate.
3) 4/4 evaluation.
Eight full weeks
1) Introduction into pastel.
2) Student layout of pastel study.
3) Students will have three class days and the weekend to complete their pastel study.
Teacher will determine subject matter and composition.
Ninth full week
1) Class critique of pastel project. Recommendations will be given to students for
improvement in their pastel. Students will have that night to make corrections.
2) Students will turn in pastel project next day for evaluation.
Tenth full week
1) Figure drawing will be reviewed.
2) Students will have this day to practice figure drawing.
3) Students will produce three figure drawings. Pastel is highly recommended to add
flavor to their figure drawings.
4) Figure drawings may be produced using pencil, charcoal, or conte.
5) Students will have all weekend to complete or improve their figure drawings.
Eleventh full week
1) Class critique on three student figure drawings.
2) Students will have the school night to make improvements in their drawings
before turning them in for evaluation.
3) Introduction into portraits in pastel.
4) Students will choose partners for the class pastel portrait.
5) Class work.
Twelfth full week
Class critique on completed pastel portrait.
Students will have the school night to make improvements in their portrait.
Evaluation of pastel portrait.
Review for final exam.
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