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Marc D'Agusto

Student Work: Introduction to Studio Drawing 01

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is open to ALL students.

Studio Drawing 1 is a basic introduction to drawing media and techniques; an exploration of form and space in varied subject matter. Drawing is not merely about the hands; it’s about the eyes and perceptions. It emphasizes drawing from observation with development of relative value, negative/positive space and shape, composition, line, edge development, volumetric analysis of form, light and perspective. This class focuses on the drawing process and developing skills, as well as creating well-composed finished drawings.

Students adapt direct observation toward many contemporary and traditional art forms, bringing an ancient human ability into living practice, and changing how you think about what you see.  Here we use traditional materials – paper and pencils and charcoal but the goal is to master the grammar of visual representation, and to use this as a structure for exploring all our visual expectations and experiences: our imagination, our memory, our identities, our social and spiritual connections and alienations, our senses of beauty and ugliness – anything that can be described visually.

Projects: Each student will be required to lead one critique session: Grid Drawing, Portraiture, Still Life, Large Scale Group Mystery Tile drawing, 1 Pt Linear Perspective study,



COURSE GOALS:
Upon successful completion of ART-101, Studio Drawing I, the student will be able to: Demonstrate familiarity with basic drawing terminology, tools, media and techniques through application, assessment and oral criticism. Each student will be assessed through a written analysis and are required to lead a formal critique.
Demonstrate Composition skills: The organization of the elements utilizing the principles of design to create organic unity. Students will continue to reinforce composition skills while developing observation skills. Know and apply the following terms including but not limited to the following: Picture Frame, Content, Creative Process, Rule of Thirds, Subject Matter, Positive and Negative space, Thumbnails, Abstract, Abstraction, Representation, Naturalism, Elements and Principles of Art..

ADDITIONAL LEARNING GOALS:
Develop observational and oral acuity, critical thinking, and self actualization, appreciate and contextualize their work and voice though cultural, spiritual and historic integration, understand variety of methods and styles, evaluate and assimilate basic terms and techniques to enhance visual intelligence and observational skills, expand their visual literacy, critical thinking and creative acuity.

ASSIGNMENTS:
Drawing projects will be introduced, demonstrated, and assigned during class in tandem with other ongoing projects and research. Class studio time will be used for lecture, one-on-one instruction and development of the work. Additional work will be required outside of class to develop ideas, research reference materials, practice drawing techniques, and completion of projects. During the first three weeks of class, students will be working on developing eye-hand coordination and doing many quick studies, exercises and gesture drawings, with a primary focus on drawing rather than producing finished drawings. Class work (CW) exercises and Homework (HW) assignments may include one or more of the following:

A. Exercisesobservational development: Element of Line:
Pencil holding techniques, Various mark making and scribbling tech, Pure contour line drawing, Cross contour, Upside down drawing, Modified pure contour, Vases & Faces, Drawing from a bag, Gesture Line, Exquisite Corpse surrealism, Continuous Line drawings, Braceleting

B. Exercisesobservational development: Element of Value and Texture:
Timed blurred projection, Value studies, Terms: Light source, Form Shadow, Cast Shadow, Penumbra, Tone, Reflected light, Cross Hatching, Stippling, Mass Drawing. Chiaroscuro Caravaggio, Gradation, Relative value

C.  Exercises
observational development: Element of Space and the Whole:
Line is a consequence of space, Negative Space, Thinking of the whole not the parts, Fast pace exercises: Fast alphabet, Geneses script, 4 letters at once, Object, Big Bugs (color) 30x30, Value distribution alphabet abstract, Comic Graphics; Compose an abstract and representational images from basic shapes: and abstract composition, thumbnails

Homework: Students will have various take home projects and be required to keep a weekly sketchbook/journal. This functions for observation study, self-discovery and skill development and to record thoughts, observations, questions, etc. Homework Assignments may include but not limited to:

  • Application and experimentation of design principles & elements. 
  • 2-4 weekly observational drawings
  • Search for new creative methods as you complete activities.

 

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