DRAWING 1 (3 credits)
FALL 2009
3:30- 6:00pm
Rachel Hines                                                                                                   Phone: 4148
Office Hours:
Room 403, by appointment                                                        

Course Description: Drawing 1 focuses on the development of basic drawing skills and concepts through an emphasis on both traditional observational drawing and non-traditional applications of the medium. Representation and expression are mainly explored through black and white drawing media. Critiques of student work are used throughout the term to develop student’s ability to formulate and verbalize knowledgeable responses to visual production.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, all students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of 2D composition and pictorial space through various drawing materials;
  • Develop technical skill in the use of black and white drawing media;
  • Demonstrate an ability to generate ideas and visual problem-solving strategies through a series of sequential drawing assignments;
  • Speak and write critically about personal and peer artwork and propose thoughtful alternatives to problematic works

Assessment Criteria: Grades will be based on the following factors:

o Level of understanding and application of basic technical, conceptual and visual issues in drawing

o Growth in creative idea generation/development and personal expression

o Degree of development of critical judgment and verbalization skills

o Commitment to the learning process as evidenced by substantial engagement including:

–attendance at all class sessions

–participation in all discussions and critiques

–willingness to embrace new ideas and approaches in your work

–dedication to practicing drawing in and outside of the classroom

–on-time, successful completion of all assignments and projects

Grades will be defined as follows:

A = Excellent:  Expansive investigation of ideas and excellent composition. All assignments completed on time and executed well. Insightful contributions to class discussions and critiques. Goes substantially beyond minimum requirements.

B =  Good:  Substantial investigation of ideas with good composition and good craftsmanship. All assignments completed on time, insightful contributions to critiques and class discussions.

C = Fair (Average):  Assignments done competently and on time.

D = Passing:  Two or more late projects, limited investigation of ideas, poor craftsmanship, incoherent compositions, minimal contribution to critiques, may have more than 4 absences.

F = Failure:  Course failure due to minimal idea development, poor craftsmanship, incoherent compositions, lack of participation, late assignments, may have more than 6 absences.

Attendance: Your attendance at all class sessions is mandatory. Missed classes will be counted negatively in the determination of your final grade, and if you have more than four absences for any reason, you are likely to receive a final grade of D or below for the semester. Missed assignments must be made up within one week of the due date in order to receive partial credit. Any combination of three tardies and/or early departures will count as one absence.

In order to receive full credit for attendance you are expected to:

o Arrive to class on time.

o Have all materials necessary.

o Clean up after yourself after each class period.

Outside Work: You will be expected to spend an average of 4 hours on homework outside of class each week. Assigned work should be completed and ready to discuss for the following class. Each outside of class drawing will be done with black and white media unless otherwise specified.

Blog: You will each be creating your own blog for this class. On this free blog you will post images and descriptions of all the assignments done in and outside of class. You are encouraged to show your blog to other people and to add on to it as you see fit.

This class has it’s own blog which you are aware of because you are here:

I will be updating this blog frequently, so check it often. Your blogs will link to this site and visa versa.

Contemporary Artist Research/Presentation: You will be asked to choose a contemporary artist (see list below) in which to conduct visual and written research about. Your presentation of these materials will include a ten-minute talk including the following information:

  1. Biography of the artist (where they currently live/work, where they studied, who they exhibit with, movements that they are a part of, etc)
  2. Major themes and styles of the artist’s work
  3. Artist examples (no less than 10 images)

Tom Marioni
On Kwara
Yves Klien
Justine Cooper
Mel Chin
Paul Ramirez-Jonas
Joseph Kosuth
Rikrit Tiravanija
Cy Twombly
Janine Antoni
Robin Rhode
Mel Kadel
Edward Del Rosario
Kiel Johnson
Ludwika Orgorzelec
Daniel Bozhkov
Norma Minkowitz
Chris Ofili
Lee Walton
Richard Wright
Takashi Murakami
Kara Walker
Neo Rauch
Mona Hatoum
Chad McCail
Mark Dion
Doris Salcedo
Laylah Ali
Richard Prince
Harrell Fletcher
Marina Abramovic
Rebecca Horn
Matthew Barney
Shirin Neshat
Kiki Smith


Music will be played in class for all to hear. If you have music that you would like to share with the class you may bring it in. The class will vote and “veto” some songs, artists, or even whole genres of music to keep the community of the classroom happy. Headphones will not be permitted in class until the last few weeks of the course when we will be working individually.


No cell phones or other communication devices will be used during class time. You may use your phones during class breaks only. No texting, messaging, emailing, or answering of phones will be permitted.


I expect that you will check your email daily. If there is any reason to contact you, I will do so via e-mail. If you have a particular e-mail you prefer that I use, be sure to let me know. The most reliable way to reach me is via email.

Required Materials: You may need a few additional materials as the semester progresses.

{Estimation of prices @ City Stationary}

o Blog. You will be creating a blog to document each assignment and share your artwork with others. It is essential that you document your work and let people see it. You will be graded on this blog. {FREE!}

o Digital camera to document works. This can be a point-and-shoot camera, you do not have to own it, but be able to borrow a camera when needed. Should be at least 3 megapixels. There is a digital camera in the art department that you can use. (Some cell phones and laptops have cameras installed that will suffice). {$40-100}

o Several old t-shirts. T-shirts you already own. Both plain and designed will suffice. Set aside at least 2 shirts that can be stenciled on. {FREE!}

o 1 box of soft compressed charcoal (15 pieces) {11,775LL}

o 1 packs vine charcoal (Willow Charcoal)  {10,000LL each}

§ I have several boxes of these to share with you.

o Charcoal pencil {1,800LL}

o Spray paint (two colors. TBA)

o kneaded eraser(s) {800LL}

o padlock for locker (optional)

o 60cm metal ruler or larger {2,500LL}

o exacto knife {5,000LL}

o Artist’s fixative spray 400ml {13,500LL}

o Sketch pad, size A3 or bigger AT LEAST 100 sheets, bound {10,000LL}


Clean Up: Every student is responsible for cleaning up after themselves and assuring that the tables and chairs are clean for the next class. The classroom is a communal studio space shared by several classes—treat the room and its contents with respect.

The Classroom: Room 408 is only used by Drawing 1 this semester. That means that you have access to this during the week and weekends. If the door is not open you can obtain a key from Adiba Jebara in the Art Office, room 302. The building stays open until 8pm.

The lockers are yours to use. At the end of the semester you are required to take all of your belongings with you or they will be discarded.


(This is an approximation of dates and themes. Things will change and will be updated on the blog and during class time.)

Week 1 – 4: 10/5-10/28

Play, Performative gesture, Markmaking & Value, Contour & Space, Gesture

Weeks 5 – 7: 11/2-11/18

Composition, Embedded meaning, Function, Space/Context

Week 8: 11/23-12/25

Linear Perspective, Value and Visual Research

Weeks  9 -11: 12/2-12/16 (WEEK 9 NO SCHOOL Nov. 30)

Analysis of Human Form, Structure and Surface,

Weeks  12 -13: 12/21-12/30 (WEEK 13 NO SCHOOL Dec. 28, Dec. 30)

Non-traditional drawing. Visiting Artist Assignments.

Week 14 – 15 : 1/4-1/13 (WEEK 14 NO SCHOOL Jan. 6)

Capstone: Head Studies Extension

Week 16 – Finals: 1/18-1/20


No art exists without culture and context.

A good idea done well is still a good idea. A bad idea done well is still a bad idea. – Sol LeWitt – John Cage Rules for Students and Teachers

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. – Bruce Lee

Art is anything the artist says it is. – Marcel Duchamp

The job of the comedian is to find where the line is drawn, deliberately cross it, and make the audience glad you took them with you. – George Carlin (substitue “artist” for “comedian”)

Negate the ego by accepting the outcome regardless. – Tom Marioni

I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of “work,” because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don’t always want to do. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep. – Andy Warhol

The future of artists will be to simply point. – Andy Warhol (paraphrasing from the book 365 Takes

Everyone is an artist. – Joseph Beuys

The personal is political. – Carol Hanisch

I’m not interested in ‘making it new;’ I’m interested in making it again. – Richard Prince

I want my art to be relevant to those outside the gallery – say, at the nearest bus stop. – Steve Lambert