ART 2A, Drawing & Composition-SYLLABUS-CALENDAR

ART 2A Drawing & Composition

Instructor: Pantea Karimi
Office# 2039. Office Hours: Mon & Wed: 12:10 PM-12:55 PM (by appointment)

Expected Hours of Homework/Study: 4 hrs. per week     
REPEATABILITY: May be taken 1 time(s).
GRADE OPTION: Letter Grade or P/NP
HYBRID REQUISITE(S):    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ART 50L
RECOMMENDED PREPARATION(S): Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100

CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTION: Teaches fundamentals of composition, and the development of drawing skills with various drawing media. Develops appreciation and perception by means of studio work, library references, slides, field trips and lectures. Materials fee may apply.

·        Communication - reading, writing, listening, speaking and/or conversing
·        Critical Thinking and Information Competency - analysis, computation, research, problem  solving

Global Awareness - an appreciation of scientific processes, global systems and civics, and artistic variety

·        Personal Responsibility and Professional Development - self-management and self-awareness, social and physical wellness, workplace skills.

Create a portfolio of drawing exercises and finished artwork using different drawing tools and visual concepts.

Attain improved drawing skills through practice and participation.
Discuss and explain drawings made in class.
Make valid conclusions about the visual effects of drawing media and the technical approaches required to achieve specific visual effects.
Identify principles of composition.
Synthesize new ideas into one's own art work.
Develop a visual vocabulary with a wide variety of drawing materials.
Critically assess one's own work and the work of others.
Improve visual perception through observation-based activities.
Produce observation-based drawings.
Develop expressive content in drawing by manipulating the elements of art and principles of composition.
Review historic and contemporary approaches to drawing and use of materials.

1. Use of a variety of wet and dry media charcoal, graphite, conte, pen, ink washes.
2. Exercises in developing visual information: contour, mass, gesture, positive/negative space, proportion, perspective, volume.
3. Elements of art: line, shape, value, texture, color.
4. Principles of composition and pictorial arrangement.
5. Expressive use of materials and composition to suggest mood, atmosphere, and content.
6. Creative problem solving techniques: point of entry, experimentation, development, evaluation, exploitation.
7. Studies, finished drawings, sketchbook assignments to practice teachniques presented in class.
8. Group and individual discussions/critiques.
9. Historic and contemporary practices in the art of drawing.
10. Manipulation of elements of art and principles of composition to create expressive content in drawings.

.Activity           .Critique        .Discussion        .Field Trips            .Lab         .Lecture           .Projects

Demos: Variety of techniques and materials will be demonstrated in class based on assignments and subjects.
Group Critiques: Provide opportunities for students to express their opinions, ask questions, clarify intentions and receive feedback, therefore active participation in class critiques is mandatory. Students are encouraged to take notes during critiques for future references.

Class Rules and Expectations:
Class Attendance: ART 2A course demands an active presence at all time. Remain in the class throughout the session. Students are responsible to find out about announcements if they are absent or leave early and must come to next session prepared. *Notify the instructor in advance, if you know you will miss a session/s.
Students are allowed ONLY three (3) absences per semester: Instructor takes roll in the beginning of each class.
Be On Time: It is recommended that students show up five to ten minutes early to set up. Be prepared before each class. Students must come to each session prepared and with necessary supplies.
Breaks: Each 3-hour class has at least 15 minutes break time.
Clear Communication is necessary at all time, always inform the instructor of your needs, discuss course related issues and seek advice.
Be Responsible and engaged: Students are expected to participate in class activities and discussions.
Cell Phones: Students should not answer phone, check emails or review/send texts while in class.
Computer Use: In the classroom students are allowed to use computers ONLY for class-related activities.
Music: Students may listen to music while working ONLY. They are required to turn off any device as such while group critiques, lectures or one-on-one discussions are taking place.
Clean Up and Facility Use: Students must clean and prepare the room for the next class. Students must cut their papers on cutting mats ONLY

    Out-of-class Assignments
        1. Planning and preparation of long term drawing projects
        2. Maintaining a sketchbook
        3. Drawing assignments as specified by instructor
        4. Gallery, museum, and artist studio visits
    In-class Assignments
        1. Exercises for practicing specific drawing techniques
        2. Projects that apply drawing concepts, technical manipulations, and compositional approaches
        3. Group and individual critique
      Required Assignments
      • Class Work
      • Home Work
·        Students may spend about 4 hours per week on homework assignments
·        All assignments must be completed and turned in on due dates.
·        Students may turn-in assignments before the due dates if for any reason they are going to miss the class.
·        Students may redo or improve an assignment for a higher letter grade.
Assignments’ Evaluation: Assignments will be evaluated throughout the semester. Due date for each sets of assignments will be announced. Final assignments (personal projects) will be evaluated on the final critique date.
Late assignments: Late assignments will be graded down by one letter grade, ex. A becomes B, and so on.

Assignment Presentation: Presentation is a fundamental element of visual art and affect your grade. Students must keep drawings clean and unwrinkled

      • Typical classroom assessment techniques
      • Portfolios
      • Projects
      • Field Trip (research activity)

Projects’ Evaluation Assessment Guideline, Grades or Pass/No Pass:

Homework and Final Assignments: 35% of the final grade          In class Assignments and Participation: 65%
·        Grade A                Strong accomplishment with creative concepts, neat and exceptional presentation, execution of techniques, full participation, excellent studio care and maintenance 90%-100%
·        Grade B               Above average accomplishment, student pursues goals with effort, good presentation and execution of techniques, good participation, good studio care and maintenance 80%-89%
·        Grade C               Adequate performance, average competence, work completed, somewhat good participation, somewhat good studio care and maintenance 70%-79%
·        Grade D                Inferior effort, marginal outcome, less than required involvement to develop goals and projects, little participation, poor studio care and maintenance 60%-69%
·        Grade F               Failure to complete or submit the projects, no participation, very poor or no studio care and maintenance      Below 59%  

 Extra Credit Contributors: Open to constructive criticism and willingness to improve and extra effort
Maintain considerate and serious working environment for classmates and instructor

Suggested Reading Materials: (not required to purchase)
                   Mendelowitz, Daniel M. (2008). A Guide to Drawing (8th edition/e). International Thompson Printing.
ISBN: 9781111342722
                   Goldstein, Nathan (2008). The Art of Responsive Drawing (6th edition/e). Prentice-Hall, Inc.. ISBN: 0131945610
                   Kimonm Nicolaides (1990). The Natural Way to Draw Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN: 9780395530078
                   Betti, Claudia (2011). Drawing, A Contemporary Approach (sixth edition/e). Wadsworth. ISBN: 9781111343606

                                                                    UPDATED Calendar: Oct-Dec 2018 

Mon 1: planar analysis, volume analysis of objects, proportion
Wed 3: planar analysis, volume analysis of objects, proportion
Mon 8: texture, color,
Wed 10: texture, color, pattern
Mon 15: value, shading (composition and three level grounds)
Wed 17: value, shading (value pattern analysis of one object at the time, color and white)
Mon 22: expressive uses of value, rubbed and erased charcoal drawing, Maker Space Tour at 2:30 PM
Wed 24: critique and discussion (research Library critique, expressive value projects)
Mon 29: value, shading (Value patterns analysis of random objects, and nature)
Wed 31: value, shading, and composition (personal projects)

Mon 5: balance and composition (personal projects continue)
Wed 7: landscape drawings
Mon 12: HOLIDAY NO Class
Wed 14: landscape drawings
Mon 19: critique, (landscape projects, personal value projects), all portfolios are due (I won’t accept portfolios after this date)
Wed 21: Final Project: Collage
Mon 26: final project: Composition
Wed 28: final project: Composition

Mon 3: final project: Value and Composition
Wed 5: final project: Value and Composition
Mon 10: Final Critique, 1:00-3:50 PM, present your final projects for final grades, return of portfolios

ART 2A Calendar:

Mon 27: Orientation-Art 50, syllabus, materials, questionnaire. line gesture drawing, lecture, “seeing” vs “looking,” video by William Kentridge,
Wed 29: volume and mass gesture drawing, mass to line gesture drawing, gesture drawing and text, video by Donald Sultan

Mon 3: HOLIDAY NO class
Wed 5: linear perspective, one-point and two-point perspectives, drawing objects, planes and cubes in perspective
Mon 10: composition in drawing, organizational line drawing, experimental drawing
Wed 12: line and types of line, contour line drawing, blind contour line drawing, contour with tone, sighting & measuring
Mon 17: line and shape, positive and negative spaces, interchangeable positive and negative shapes, sighting & measuring
Wed 19: perspective, line drawings, proportion, video by TBD, library visit: outside classroom research instruction
Mon 24: critique and discussion
Wed 26: library visit: outside classroom research (we don’t meet in classroom)

Mon 1: planar analysis, volume analysis of objects, proportion
Wed 3: planar analysis, volume analysis of objects, proportion
Mon 8: texture, color, pattern, introduction to collage technique
Wed 10: texture, color, pattern, collage technique and experimental texture
Mon 15: value, shading
Wed 17: value, shading
Mon 22: value, shading
Wed 24: critique and discussion
Mon 29: expressive uses of value, rubbed and erased pencil drawing
Wed 31: balance and composition, space, grid, video by TBD

Mon 5: balance and composition, space, grid
Wed 7: landscape drawings
Mon 12: HOLIDAY NO Class
Wed 14: final project instruction, landscape drawings and Ariel perspective, presenting research project
Mon 19: drawing project
Wed 21: critique, video by TBD, all portfolios are due
Mon 26: final project
Wed 28: final project

Mon 3: final project
Wed 5: final project
Mon 10: Final Critique, 1:00-3:50 PM, present your final project, return of portfolios

(Overall estimated cost for entire semester: $50-$65)
·        Students must come to each session prepared and with necessary supplies, please plan accordingly.
·        The following maybe needed during the semester: photocopies, access to a digital camera and a computer
·        Students may use the materials they already have.

The following materials are required for this course:
• Pad of good drawing paper, minimum 18” x 24” in size. Strathmore, Canson, or other drawing pads are acceptable.
• One pad of newsprint, bogus rough, or craft paper, 18” x 24” minimum. 
• One 9” x 12” or smaller sketchbook

Mark-making and other supplies:
• One of each of the following drawing pencils: 6B, 2B, 3B, HB, H, or one complete set of pencils
• One package of mixed-size or large-size Bob’s Fine Vine Charcoal or equivalent.
• Compressed charcoal - 4b or 6b. Buy 2 sticks. Conte brand is by far the best.
• One Charcoal pencil, Pro Arts or other brand
• Conte crayons: 2sticks of soft black, 2 sticks of terra cotta or other warm earth tone, 2 sticks of white.
• Graphite stick: 6b or 4b, General's Kimberly Graphite Sticks includes: 2 soft, 1 medium, and 1 firm
• 1 round watercolor brush, medium size (any brand)
• 1 bottle of black India Ink: Higgins brand is good
• Ink pen and metal nibs (sets are best value like Speedball Pen & Ink Set)
• Erasers: 1 ArtGum, 1 White Vinyl Pen Eraser, 1 Kneaded
• Drafting Tape or other low-adhesive tape.
• Artist Pens (Faber-Castell or Micron or other brands): superfine, medium and brush point
• Drawing board large enough to accommodate an 18” x 24” sheet of paper.
• 2 flat pieces of standard thickness cardboard to create a portfolio 24” x 36” or 1 Economy Portfolio 23" X 31" for carrying drawings.

Miscellaneous  Materials:
2        1  STEEL FLEX RULER 24" NON-STICK, see through
3        a couple of small cotton rags
4        1  BLAIR SPRAY FIX MATTE 4.75OZ (NOT spray adhesive!)  or hair spray but it won’t be archival and will yellow your artwork over time
5        1  ROLL SKETCH/TRACE 18" X 20YD (or large pad)
6        1  100 GRIT SANDPAPER
7        1  TACKLE BOX for holding supplies (a shoe box will do) * Remember to wear suitable clothing to class and/or a smock or apron.

Where to Buy Materials:
Online Art Stores:
·        Michael’s Art Supply (various locations)
·        Daniel Smith Art Supplies: 
·        Dick Blick Art Supplies:
·        MisterArt: 

Local Stores:
1.      Cabrillo College Book Store (may not carry everything or prices might be higher)
2.      Lenz Arts in Santa Cruz:, 142 River St.,
3.      Palace Art & Office Supply in Santa Cruz and Capitola, 41st Ave. & Downtown (Pacific Garden Mall):     AND 
4.      Art Supplies, Ink in Aptos: 7960 Soquel Drive, Suite H1. Aptos, CA 95003, 831-708-2855 
5.      S & G Hand Made Crafts in Aptos: (831) 722-8240 10
6.      Wild Rose, Watsonville: Crossroads Shopping Center
1929 Main St, Ste 1, Watsonville, CA 95076, (831) 722-4282

Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and may be punished by failure on exam, paper or project; failure in course; and or expulsion from the college. For more information refer to the Cabrillo College Student Handbook. In this class, it is permissible to assist classmates in general discussions of computing techniques. General advice and interaction are encouraged. (Summary: Don’t cheat—do your own work.)
Accommodations: All students needing accommodations should inform the instructor ASAP. If you have an accommodations letter, please give the instructor a copy and meet with the instructor to discuss any accommodations you need to be successful in this class. Veterans may qualify for accommodations. Wounded Warriors may have acquired injuries which through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) entitles the use of accommodations to ensure equal opportunity for students with verified disabilities. To determine if you qualify or need assistance with an accommodation, please contact Accessibility Support Center, ASC is located outside Room 1073 in The Hub, upstairs behind the library or the Learning Skills Program.
The Computer Technology Center (CTC) is a computer lab offering computers, printers, scanners & copiers for any currently-enrolled Cabrillo student. The CTC is located in building 1400 on lower campus (by Parking Lot M) near the Cabrillo Theater and the 1300 building.
2018 Fall Hours       (Aug 27 - Dec 14)
Monday - Thursday  8:30 AM—8:45 PM
Friday  8:30 AM—3:45 PM
Saturday  9:00 AM—4:45 PM
Sunday  Closed
Electronics Use: Silence all electronic devices during the entire class time, as the distraction adversely affects the learning environment. The only exceptions are assistive devices. No portable electronic devices may be used during class, with the exception of digital audio recorders (with permission). No video or photography is permitted; neither are cell phone use (voice or text) or portable computer devices (iPod, IPhone, Blackberry, etc.). First violation will incur a 4 point deduction in your participation points for that class; a second violation will be reported to the Dean of Student Services for disruptive student behavior. You are welcome to use your personal devices during breaks.
Consequences for Disruptive Behavior:
First incident (not severe) – discussion and verbal warning
Second incident
a. Dismissed for the remainder of the class and possibly for the next class period.
b. A disruptive behavior report will be written and sent to the Dean of Student Services
c. Division Dean will be informed
d. A meeting during office hours will be required to write up an agreement on future behavior in
Third incident
a. Dropped from the class.
b. Disruptive Behavior Report will be written and sent to the Dean of Student Services.
c. Division Dean will also be informed.
SEVERE CLAUSE – Severe acts of disruption, lack of respect, such as with the use of a racial slur or an issue of sexual harassment or physical violence could be cause for an immediate drop from the class and a Disruptive Behavior Report sent to the Dean of Student Services and other college and legal authorities.

Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook online for policies on academic misconduct 

College Calendar
Holiday -- Labor Day -- Campus Closed
September 3
End of the Add/Drop Period
Last day to add classes with an add code. You must use add codes by this day or you will no longer be able to register for the class.
Last day to drop a Fall section and receive a reversal of charges or refund of enrollment, student activity card fee or transportation fees. (No exceptions!)
Please Note: SHORT TERM CLASSES (less than 16 weeks) spring and fall course fees will be reversed only if you have officially withdrawn by 10% of class meetings. This deadline is often the day the class first meets.
September 8
Last day to drop a full-term section without receiving a "W" grade
September 9
Census Deadline; Financial Aid awards are not adjusted after this date. Also important for financial aid recipients who have dropped all classes on or before this date. Click on link for more information
September 10
Last day to drop a full-term section without receiving a "W" grade
September 9
Census Deadline; Financial Aid awards are not adjusted after this date. Also important for financial aid recipients who have dropped all classes on or before this date. Click on link for more information
September 10
Last day to request pass/no-pass option (full-term section)
October 6
Holiday -- Veterans' Day -- Campus Closed
November 12
Last day to drop a full-term section with a grade of "W"
November 17
Holiday -- Thanksgiving -- Campus Closed
Last day to apply for AA/AS degree or certificate
November 26
Final Exams
December 10 - 15
Semester ends; Last day to submit a BOG application for Fall semester
December 15
Fall grades available on WebAdvisor
December 19
Fall transcripts available for release
December 21
Holiday Break -- Campus Closed
December 24 - January 1

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