Class Thirteen

Today you need to give me your progress book, which I will return, and your portfolio.

Before you turn it in, you MUST consult with your small group to critique and improve every drawing.

I am grading on:

  • Neatness
  • Placement on the paper
  • Skill of approach
  • Exploration of material
  • Willingness to push your drawing to the best you can produce

The last drawing you do will be the exam, and that will replace your lowest drawing in the final grade.

Classwork:

Draw the still life I prepare in class as preparation for the final exam.

Homework

Turn in any drawings you do not have

Class Twelve

Heading into the final stretch!

Checklist of all the drawings you have done and will need to do.

You have done a lot! Or not. You need to sort through all the drawings and check off what you have done.

The rest of the semester:

Week

Homework

Done?

12

Drawing One (on larger paper and formally drawn): Using pencils, ink, or charcoal, draw a still life that has a great deal of fabric involved.

Drawing Two (on larger paper and formally drawn): Using colored media, draw a portrait or self-portrait.

Start getting your portfolio together: see what drawings you need to do.

13

Free Draw! Come in prepared to work on preparing your portfolios.

Portfolio: Clean up, sort, and turn in your work, clearly labelled and ready to be graded. I will have your work in the studio as well and will meet with each of you so you know what I am considering giving you.

Progress Book: turn in what you did this year, I am not going to grade these, I need to see how to structure them better. I will return them the last day.

14

Final Exam: come in and draw a final drawing and turn in any other work you need to finish up to complete your portfolio.

NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED after this day.

Checklist of all formal drawings THUS FAR

You are responsible for putting all handouts into your progress books. Do not complain: I have made a website, handouts, and every effort to give you materials. If you cannot keep track, you are not ready for adulthood.

Week

Formal Drawing Assignments

Done

1

Have Class Fee ($20) 

2

Plan of your bedroom (to scale)

Still life! Set up a few items, try drawing them with sight measurement! No worries, just see how it goes, you are learning new visual vocabulary with your hand and eyes!

3

Drawing One Choose an object in your home. It can be fairly complex if you are feeling confident. If you choose simply shaped items, put a few together. Draw these with a blind contour line, using your pencil as we did in class and try not to peek!

Drawing Two Do a negative space drawing of the exact same item(s) at the exact same angle.

4

Drawing One: ON GOOD PAPER FOR FORMAL CRITIQUE: Tone drawing: draw a contour drawing and add tone to bring out the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights. Fear not: this is more to show me what you need to learn, not to make you upset.

Drawing Two: ON GOOD PAPER FOR FORMAL CRITIQUE: Using the simple technique we covered today, draw several cubes in space in the same composition. I will score on neatness and novelty.

5

Drawing One: Still Life with Tone: I am looking to see you develop more detail and accuracy in your depiction of the still life. After you are done, try to take a photo of the scene from the same point of view and we will compare it next week! Email me the photo.

Drawing Two: Cylinders in One Point Perspective: I recommend you use your non-photo pencils for this! I want to see the drafts you do of this before you finalize your homework!

6

One Point Perspective Imagined Scene (On Newsprint): Keep it clean! Protect it with newsprint as you come to school.

7

Drawing One (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw a large drawing about how you know Brooklyn. These will be featured either in the student show OR on the Knowing Brooklyn shows in April.

Drawing Two (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw a large drawing about how Brooklyn know you. These will be featured either in the student show OR on the Knowing Brooklyn shows in April.

 7.5

Midterm drawing of one point perspective

8

Drawing One (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw a complex single object with charcoal, working to find the proper perspective and start to develop textures.

Drawing Two (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw a still life with several objects with dramatic lighting with charcoal, working to find the proper perspective and start to develop textures.

9/10

Drawing One (on good paper and formally drawn): Using ink, draw a single object in great detail. This should be a long draw, 2 hours or more. You can make it a smaller drawing.

Drawing Two (on good paper and formally drawn): You must go around your house and draw nine textures in boxes that are at least 1.5” x 1.5” with a concentration on accuracy. Please neatly lable each texture.

11

Drawing One (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw the glass of water with the first triad: yellow, red, blue. Neatness, accuracy, and enthusiastic approach is key

Drawing Two (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw the glass of water with the second triad: orange, green, purple. Neatness, accuracy, and enthusiastic approach is key

Class Eleven

Classwork

  • Go over the traditional color model
  • Explore colored pencils
  • Render still life or objects with colored pencils
  • Blend, burnish and otherwise work with the medium

Homework

Due: Next Week

Actual task:

Fill a clear glass and shine as much or as little light on it as you want. Take out 6 colored pencils and group them into these groups:

Triad 1: yellow, red, blue

Triad 2: orange, green, purple

Criteria & Points

Criteria

Points

Drawing One (on larger paper and formally drawn):
Draw the glass of water with the first triad: yellow, red, blue
Neatness, accuracy, and enthusiastic approach is key

50

Drawing Two (on larger paper and formally drawn):

Draw the glass of water with the second triad: orange, green, purple
Neatness, accuracy, and enthusiastic approach is key

50

New Class Rules

PLEASE CHECK YOUR CITY TECH EMAIL FOR ALL CLASS BUSINESS.

In looking over the work that has been turning in over the three weeks, and in light of the fact that I had to actually yell at people to be quiet yesterday, I am forced to impose some rules for the remaining 6 weeks of the semester:

  1. I will assign seating starting next week. You will not get up to talk with others until we are in a work time.
  2. If I have to ask twice for you to keep the noise down, I will mark you absent.
  3. If I assign a medium you do not like, you must work in that medium. I have a curriculum, you are a student following that curriculum. we can speak about using other media after you have completed the tasks I have asked you to complete to satisfy the requirements I must meet as an instructor.
  4. Turning in work that you obviously churned out minutes before class earns an F.
  5. If I hand out materials that I tell you you must return, return them. I had several pens walk off yesterday after I repeatedly asked for them back. Those are class property.
  6. If you speak over me repeatedly, I will mark you absent.
  7. I will no longer give a formal break as students insist of coming back 10-15 minute later than I asked. From now on, you may go to the restroom and get water as needed. Beyond that, you must get lunch before my class or eat afterwards.
  8. Class starts at 2pm. Tardiness starts at 2:15.  2 tardies is an absence. I will give you a WU after 2 absences, which means you are able to attend class but you have the equivalent of an F until you retake the class.
  9. I do not need or want excuses, I need notes from your doctor if you have been ill.

In return, I will be sending out emailed feedback as much as I possibly can every week. I also reiterate that I have office hours, please check the syllabus or the site.

I hate imposing these sorts of rules. I have the right to do so, but I usually garner enough respect from my students that these are not necessary. For whatever reason, that is not happening this semester. My affable nature is being mistaken for foolishness. As a whole, the class is not progressing as it needs to so I am imposing some order so that I may teach better. If you feel I am not being fair, I encourage you to speak with the chair of our program, Prof. Mary Ann Biehl.

Yours truly,
Prof. Clarke

Class Nine & Ten

Cleaning up

I was really dismayed at the state at least two students left their areas in: materials were all over the floor, crushed underfoot and left for me to clean. I am not your mother and if you continue to disrespect materials and space in this class, I will start taking points off your grade.

Quality of Effort

I got a few great submissions for Knowing Brooklyn, but I also got more submissions that were alarmingly poor in quality. If you have any ambition to make above a C, you absolutely must put your best effort towards  every assignment. Now that we have had some time to build skills, the rest of the semester will be vigorous. Keep up or fall behind–it is up to you.

Ink: Rendering

We will work on drawing with ink in full today. It will be messy.

Comics: Preparation

In the next class, I will be asking you to combine perspective, simple rendering, and narrative. This is hard, and you need to put effort into this. I want you to create a story using simple objects that you will draw in various views.

Inspiration:

Homework

Due Next Week

Actual task:

Research: Study cartoons, using the resources on the website.

Drawing One (on good paper and formally drawn): Using ink, draw a single object in great detail. This should be a long draw, 2 hours or more. You can make it a smaller drawing.

Drawing Two (on good paper and formally drawn): You must go around your house and draw nine textures in boxes that are at least 1.5” x 1.5” with a concentration on accuracy. Please neatly lable each texture.

Criteria & Points

Criteria

Points

Drawing One (on good paper and formally drawn): Using ink, draw a single object in great detail. 2 hours or more.

50

Drawing Two (on good paper and formally drawn): Draw nine textures in boxes that you draw on your paper which are at least 1.5” x 1.5” with a concentration on accuracy. Please neatly lable each texture.

50

Class Eight

Class

Charcoal!!!!

I had to choose between getting materials for you and making a handout. I will catch up next week with a full handout.

Homework

Drawing One (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw a complex single object with charcoal, working to find the proper perspective and start to develop textures.

Drawing Two (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw a still life with several objects with dramatic lighting with charcoal, working to find the proper perspective and start to develop textures.

Criteria & Points

Criteria

Points

A complex single object with charcoal, working to find the proper perspective and start to develop textures.

50

A still life with several objects with dramatic lighting with charcoal, working to find the proper perspective and start to develop textures.

50

 

Class Seven

Class:

Two Point Perspective

Homework:

Knowing Brooklyn: Draw how you wish

Due: March 30

Actual task:

Drawing One (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw a large drawing about how you know Brooklyn. These will be featured either in the student show OR on the Knowing Brooklyn shows in April.

Drawing Two (on larger paper and formally drawn): Draw a large drawing about how Brooklyn know you. These will be featured either in the student show OR on the Knowing Brooklyn shows in April.

Criteria & Points

Criteria

Points

A large formal drawing about how you know Brooklyn. Draw however you wish, but make it neat and ready for a show!

50

A large formal drawing about how Brooklyn knows you. Draw however you wish, but make it neat and ready for a show!

50

Class Six

Homework

  • Warm up (on larger newsprint): Contour drawing
    Self portrait, 20 minutes. Pay attention to composition and proportion. Fear not, these are just for me to see.
  • Drawing One (on newsprint): Draw a one-point perspective of an imagined view or room.
Criteria Points
Warm-ups: Contour self portrait
Do a couple, really examine the scene and KNOW it!
20
One Point Perspective Imagined Scene (On Newsprint)
Keep it clean! Protect it with newsprint as you come to school.
80

Week Five: Homework

Cylinders with Tone: One Point Perspective

Due Next Week

Actual task

Warm up: Isometric Exercise with Tone

Drawing One: Still Life with Tone
I am looking to see you develop more detail and accuracy in your depiction of the still life. After you are done, try to take a photo of the scene from the same point of view and we will compare it next week! Email me the photo.

Drawing Two: Cylinders in One Point Perspective
I recommend you use your non-photo pencils for this! I want to see the drafts you do of this before you finalize your homeowork!

Criteria & Points

Criteria

Points

Warm-ups

10

Still Life with Tone
(email me the photo you take of the scene you drew)

40

Drafts of Cylinders in One Point Perspective

10

Cylinders in One Point Perspective

40